School of Physical Sciences
Faculty of Sciences
Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.
I use theory and computation to study condensed phase phenomena in chemistry and materials science on the molecular and nano scales. I am particularly interested in devising ways to control the properties of soft matter for applications in renewable energy and functional materials.
Soft Condensed Matter Theory and Computation
The performance of organic electronic devices such as solar cells is sensitive to the structural properties of organic semiconductors on a wide range of length scales from the atomic level up to the 100-nm scale. Elucidating these structural properties and how they correlate with electronic properties on all relevant length scales is thus highly challenging. To address this issue, we are developing coarse-grained computational models to study the self-assembly of the nano-scale structure and its impact on functional properties such as energy and charge transport in organic semiconductor materials like conjugated polymers.
Porous Functional Materials
Synthetic porous solids such as metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), covalent organic frameworks (COFs), and porous organic cages (POCs) have attracted increasing attention due to their applications in heterogeneous catalysis, gas storage and molecular separation. We are using computational methods to design and screen novel materials for enhanced functional properties, in collaboration with the experimental research groups of Christian Doonan and Chris Sumby at the University of Adelaide.
The dynamics of liquids when they are confined by surfaces on the nano scale can deviate significantly from those at the macroscopic level. In particular, due to high surface-to-volume ratios, interface effects can dominate flow phenomena. We are using statistical mechanics and fluid dynamics to understand how molecular-scale surface interactions can be exploited to control nano-scale fluid flows, with a focus on applications to electrokinetic energy conversion processes.
I am always looking for talented students and postdoctoral researchers to join my research group. If you are interested in joining the group, please send me your CV (and academic transcripts for students), along with a brief description of your research interests.
Date Position Institution name 2018 Associate Professor The University of Adelaide 2014 - 2017 Senior Lecturer The University of Adelaide 2010 - 2013 Lecturer The University of Adelaide 2008 - 2010 Postdoctoral scholar University of California, Davis 2006 - 2008 Postdoctoral researcher University of Lyon 2002 - 2004 Freelance copy-editor Springer Verlag
Awards and Achievements
Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount 2016 Teaching Award Australian Awards for University Teaching - Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning Australian Government Department of Education and Training Australia — 2016 Teaching Award RACI Chemical Education Division Citation Royal Australian Chemical Institute Australia — 2015 Teaching Award Commendation for Excellence in the Support of the Student Experience The University of Adelaide Australia — 2014 Teaching Award Executive Dean of Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award (Teaching Team) The University of Adelaide Australia — 2013 Teaching Award Exectuvie Dean of Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award (Early Career) The University of Adelaide Australia — 1998 Scholarship Fulbright Postgraduate Student Award Fulbright Association United States —
Language Competency English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review French Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
Date Institution name Country Title 2004 - 2005 University of Technology, Sydney Australia Grad Dip 1998 - 2002 University of California, Berkeley USA PhD 1994 - 1997 University of Sydney Australia BSc (Hons)
Research InterestsAnalytical Chemistry Chemical Physics Chemical Sciences Chemical Thermodynamics and Energetics Colloid and Surface Chemistry Condensed Matter Modelling Condensed Matter Modelling and Density Functional Theory Functional Materials Organic Semiconductors Physical Chemistry Physical Chemistry of Materials Radiation and Matter Soft Condensed Matter Statistical Mechanics in Chemistry Theoretical and Computational Chemistry Theory and Design of Materials Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics Transport Properties and Non-equilibrium Processes
Year Citation 2015 Williamson, N. M., Huang, D. M., Bell, S. G., & Metha, G. F. (2015). Guided Inquiry Learning in an Introductory Chemistry Course. Poster session presented at the meeting of International Chemical Congress of Pacific Basin Societies (Pacifichem). Honolulu, USA. 2012 Williamson, N. M., Metha, G. F., Huang, D. M., & Bell, S. G. (2012). Development of POGIL-Style Organic Chemistry Activities. Poster session presented at the meeting of Proceedings of the Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education. Sydney.
Year Citation 2017 Zander, A. C., Nine, M. J., Ayub, M., Losic, D., Cazzolato, B. S., Howard, C. Q., & Huang, D. M. (2017). 2017900697, Acoustic Graphene-containing Compositions/Materials and Methods of Formation. Australia.
|Dates||Funding Agency||Scheme||Grant Title||Investigators||Amount|
|2019–2021||Australian Research Council||Discovery Projects||Aggregation control for high-performance polymer electronics||McNeill CR, DM Huang, M Heeney, M Sommer||$370,000|
|2016–2018||Australian Research Council||Discovery Projects||X-ray snapshots of chemical transformations in open framework materials||CJ Doonan, CJ Sumby, DM Huang, N Champness||$314,900|
|2011–2014||Australian Solar Institute (ASI)||Round 2||Upconversion of the solar spectrum for improved PV energy conversion||TW Schmidt, MJ Crossley, S Perrier, GJ Conibeer, NJ Ekin-Daukes, S Maier, KW Lips, DM Huang||$811,000|
|2011–2013||Centre for Energy Technology–Adelaide Airport Partnership||Generic Fund||Solar hydrogen: photocatalytic generation of H 2 from water||GF Metha, TW Kee, DM Huang, J Alvino||$33,000|
Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2019 Co-Supervisor Experimental Studies and Simulation of Self-Assembly of Singlet Fission Materials Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Miss Jessica Michelle De La Perrelle 2018 Principal Supervisor Theory and Simulation of Self-Assembly and Charge Transport in Conjugated Polymers Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Belinda Jayne Boehm 2018 Co-Supervisor Geometric and Morphological Effects on Singlet Fission in Coupled Acene Dimers Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Alexandra Nicole Stuart 2018 Co-Supervisor Using Spectroscopy and Modelling to Understand Migration of Charges and Energy in the Condensed Phase Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Rohan Joshua Hudson 2017 Principal Supervisor Designing Organic Semiconductor Interfaces for Advanced Organic Electronics Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Ms Huong Thi Lan Nguyen 2017 Co-Supervisor Biophysical Characterisation of unusual DNA Structures Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Alexander Jacob Begbie 2017 Principal Supervisor Surface Confinement and Entrance Effects on Electrolyte Transport in Nanopores Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Daniel Justin Rankin 2014 Co-Supervisor Modelling and Experimentaion of the Acoustic Absorption Properties of Carbon Nanotubes, in the Audible Frequency Range Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Hywel Anthony Bennett
Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2017 - 2019 Co-Supervisor Polarisation Effects of Exciton Migration and Singlet Fission in TIPS-Pentacene Nanoparticles Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Miss Elisabeth Schrefl 2016 - 2018 Principal Supervisor A Mechanistic Study of the Stability of Triple-Stranded DNA Structures Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mrs Belinda Jayne Boehm 2016 - 2018 Co-Supervisor A Kinetic and Spectroscopic Analysis of Distance-dependent Singlet Fission in TIPS-Pentacene Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Ms Alexandra Nicole Stuart 2015 - 2019 Co-Supervisor Computational Screening and Analysis of Functional Porous Materials Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Andrew Tarzia 2015 - 2017 Principal Supervisor Interplay of Structural, Dynamical, and Electronic Properties in Doped Semiconducting Polymer Systems Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Ms Sophia Ackling 2013 - 2017 Co-Supervisor Theoretical and Spectroscopic Studies of Energy and Charge Transport in Organic Semiconductors Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Patrick Charles Tapping 2013 - 2016 Co-Supervisor Experimental and Numerical Investigation of a Carbon Nanotube Acoustic Absorber Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Md Ayub 2012 - 2015 Co-Supervisor Simulations of Molecular and Extended Porous Materials Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Jack Evans 2011 - 2015 Co-Supervisor The Characterisation, Photocatalytic Performance, and Theoretical Investigation of Small Gold Clusters Supported on Titanium Dioxide Nanoparticles Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Jason Frankie Alvino
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