My research is focused on development (synthesis and characterisation) of high-performance functional ceramics, including piezoelectrics, ferroelectrics, relaxors, energy density dielectrics, microwave dielectrics, ionic conductors, all Li/Na solid-state electrolytes and high entropy perovskite oxides, using skillset ranging from crystal chemistry and crystallography to advanced processing of ceramics and prototype devices.
For materials innovation, I have employed a combination of 'in-situ' poling synchrotron x-ray diffraction and total scattering methods to underpin the origin of high performance piezoelectrics, ferroelectrics and dielectrics, providing new insights of optimisation strategies to guide future research. Besides, I have also expressed extensive interests in exploring and validating sustainable thick-film fabrication techniques for transferring functional materials into device prototypes, such as multilayer ceramic capacitors, multilayer actuators, fuel cell and solid-state battery.
Current research projects are concerned with lead-free piezoelectric ceramics, high energy-density dielectrics, multilayer ceramic capacitors and all Li/Na solid-state battery.
Students who wish to join my group for PhD programs at University of Manchester please send a cover letter expressing their research interest, along with an academic CV and transcript to email@example.com. Funded PhD studentships are available in the departmental CDT/DTA studentships, University of Manchester-CSC joint scholarship, Presidential/Dean's scholarships and other international scholarships.
PhD, postdoc, visiting students (6-24 months) and visiting scholar (12-24 months) candidates are welcome to contact me and discuss the possibility of joining my group and carrying out research activities at University of Manchester.
National and international academic/industrial research collaborations on above research areas are welcome to contact me via firstname.lastname@example.org.