Dr Qiao joined the School of Chemical Engineering of the University of Adelaide (UoA) in March 2012 as a professor (the inaugural Chair of Nanotechnology). His research expertise is in nanomaterials and nanoporous materials for new energy technologies (electrocatalysis, photocatalysis, batteries, fuel cell, supercapacitors). He has co-authored more than 300 papers in refereed journals, including Nature, Nature Energy, Nature Communications, Angew Chem Int Ed, J. Am. Chem. Soc, Advanced Materials with him as a corresponding or joint corresponding author (over 25,200 citations, h-index: 83). He has filed three patents on novel nanomaterials and attracted more than 11 million dollars in research grants from industrial partners and Australian Research Council (ARC).
In recognition of his achievements in research, he was honoured with a prestigious ARC Laureate Fellow (2017), ExxonMobil Award (2016),ARC Discovery Outstanding Researcher Award (DORA, 2013), a Emerging Researcher Award (2013, ENFL Division of the American Chemical Society) and a UQ Foundation Research Excellence Award (2008). He has also been awarded an ARC ARF Fellowship, an ARC APD Fellowship and an inaugural UQ Mid-Career Research Fellowship.
Dr Qiao is currently an Honorary Professor at The University of Queensland. He is an Associate Editor of Journal of Materials Chemistry A, a Fellow of Institution of Chemical Engineers (FIChemE), Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC) and Royal Australian Chemical Institute Chartered Chemist (FRACI CChem). Dr Qiao is a Thomson Reuters/Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Scientist (Chemistry, Materials Science).
Dr Qiao’s research interests include synthesis and characterisation of nanoporous materials and nanoparticles as well as their applications in catalysis, energy storage and conversion (fuel cell, batteries, supercapacitor, electrocatalysis and photocatalysis)