MSE Research Project Database

Graphene-based soft materials

Project Leader: Dan Li
Sponsors: Australian Research Council
Primary Contact: Dan Li (
Keywords: Graphene; Nanoionics; Supercapacitors; Wearable electronics
Disciplines: Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Prof Dan Li’s team has been researching on soft materials based on graphene and other 2D materials for more than a decade. This research direction is focused on the following topics:

  • Colloidal science of graphene and 2D nanomaterials
  • Discovery of novel soft materials enabled by graphene or other 2D nanomaterials
  • Cost-effective and scalable processing of soft materials including various printing techniques
  • Characterisation of soft materials (rheological, structural and functional)
  • Applications of 2D soft materials for energy storage and conversion such as supercapacitors, water purification, wearable sensors and biomedicine

Representative publications from Li’s group on this research theme:

  1. Li, D. & Kaner, R. B. Graphene-based materials. Science 320, 1170-1171 (2008).
  2. Li, D., Muller, M. B., Gilje, S., Kaner, R. B. & Wallace, G. G. Processable aqueous dispersions of graphene nanosheets. Nature Nanotechnology 3, 101-105 (2008)
  3. Cheng, C. & Li, D. Solvated graphenes: An emerging class of functional soft materials, Advanced Materials 25 13–30 (2013).
  4. Yang, X., Cheng, C., Wang, Y. Qiu, L. & Li, D, Liquid-mediated dense integration of graphene materials for compact capacitive energy storage, Science, 341, 534-537 (2013).
  5. Qiu, L., He, Z. & Li, D. Multifunctional cellular materials based on two-dimensional nanomaterials: Prospects and challenges. Advanced Materials, 30, 1704850 (2018).
  6. Cheng, C., Jiang, G., Simon, G. P., Liu, J. Z. & Li, D. Low-voltage electrostatic modulation of ion diffusion through layered graphene-based nanoporous membranes, Nature Nanotechnology 13, 685–690 (2018).