School of Physics, Chemistry and Earth Sciences
Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology
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.
- My Research
- Grants and Funding
- Professional Activities
Soft Condensed Matter Theory and Computation
Research group website: https://huang-lab.org/
Coarse-Grained Molecular Dynamics
Many phenomena in soft condensed matter, such as supramolecular assembly of macromolecules, occur on length and/or time scales that are unfeasible to study theoretically or computationally if every atom in the system is represented explicitly. We are developing and applying new methods, using tools from statistical mechanics and machine learning, to simplify the representation of molecular systems in dynamical simulations by systematically eliminating unimportant degrees-of-freedom to improve computational efficiency without sacrificing accuracy. The end goal is to enable accurate simulations with molecular-level detail of large-scale dynamical processes that would be otherwise inaccessible by conventional techniques.
Carbon-based organic semiconductors are promising alternatives to conventional inorganic semiconductors such as silicon in electronic devices, especially when low cost, light weight, or flexibility is desired. They can also enhance inorganic semiconductor devices, e.g. by improving light harvesting in silicon solar cells. But organic-semiconductor devices are generally less efficient and their performance is often variable and hard to predict, largely because these materials are typically highly disordered, which can greatly impact device properties. We are using a combination of classical and quantum simulations to understand how structural and electronic properties of organic semiconductors can be controlled to enhance device performance.
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 - ongoing 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 2019 Fellowship Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) travel fellowship Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) France - 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 2018 Zander, A., Nine, M., Ayub, M., Losic, D., Cazzolato, B. S., Howard, C., & Huang, D. (2018). WO/2018/157208, Acoustic graphene-containing compositions/materials and methods of formation. Switzerland. 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.
Year Citation 2018 Ayub, M. (2018). Acoustics At The Nanoscale. Science Trends.
Year Citation 2023 Rankin, D. J., & Huang, D. M. (2023). Non-equilibrium molecular dynamics of steady-state fluid transport
through a 2D membrane driven by a concentration gradient [Computer Software].
|Dates||Funding Agency||Scheme||Grant Title||Investigators||Amount|
|2021–2023||Australian Research Council||Discovery Projects||Predicting concentration-gradient-driven liquid transport in 2D membranes||DM Huang||$330,000|
|2019–2021||Australian Research Council||Discovery Projects||Aggregation control for high-performance polymer electronics||CR McNeill, DM Huang, M Heeney, M Sommer||$370,000|
|2018||University of Adelaide||Interdisciplinary Research Fund||Advanced composite materials containing graphene microinclusions for underwater acoustic applications||M Ayub, AC Zander, D Losic, MJ Nine, CQ Howard, BS Cazzolato, DM Huang||$60,000|
|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|
CHEM 1101 Foundations of Chemistry IA
CHEM 2550 Physical and Inorganic Chemistry II
CHEM 3212 Fundamentals of Materials III
CHEM 3600 Environmental and Analytical Chemistry III
CHEM 3630 Physical Chemistry III
Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2023 Co-Supervisor Photocatalysis for Environmental Remediation and Renewable Hydrogen Generation Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Zi Goh 2023 Co-Supervisor Advanced simulations of dynamic materials, such as COFs and MOFs, to produce better heterogeneous catalysts Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Konstantin Stracke 2022 Co-Supervisor The feasibility of a singlet fission enhanced photocatalytic hydrogen evolution system Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Harrison Jake McAfee 2022 Co-Supervisor Visible Light Photocatalysis by Organic Semiconductor Nanoparticles Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Andrew Dolan 2022 Co-Supervisor Characterisation and design of DNA-binding oligonucleotides: A concerted experimental and computational investigation. Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Gerardo Urbina 2022 Principal Supervisor Predicting concentration-gradient-driven fluid flow in 2D membranes Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Miss Holly Carol Maria Baldock 2021 Co-Supervisor Biomimetic Synthesis of Natural Products Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Matthew Alexander Coleman 2021 Co-Supervisor Studies of Electron Transfer and Coherence in Organic Systems by Two-Dimensional Electronic Spectroscopy Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Jessica Michelle De La Perrelle 2020 Co-Supervisor Biophysical characterisation of DNA triplexes for antigene technology Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Jack Klose 2019 Principal Supervisor Systematic Molecular Coarse-Graining of Anisotropic Condensed Phases Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Huong Nguyen
Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2019 - 2021 Co-Supervisor Coherence and Singlet Fission of TIPS-Pentacene Probed by Two-dimensional Electronic Spectroscopy Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Miss Jessica Michelle De La Perrelle 2019 - 2023 Principal Supervisor Machine Learning Anisotropic Coarse-Grained Simulation Models of Small-Molecule and Polymeric Organic Semiconductors Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Marltan Oral Wilson 2018 - 2022 Co-Supervisor Spectroscopic and Computational Studies of Morphology-Dependent Exciton Dynamics in TIPS-Pentacene Nanoparticles Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Rohan Joshua Hudson 2018 - 2022 Principal Supervisor Understanding and Controlling the Microstructure of Organic Semiconductors Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Belinda Jayne Boehm 2017 - 2019 Principal Supervisor Systematic Coarse-Graining and Dynamical Simulations of Anisotropic Molecules with Applications in Organic Semiconductors Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Ms Huong Nguyen 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 2017 - 2022 Co-Supervisor A Biophysical Investigation of Nucleic Acid Triplexes and Inversion Site Recognising Analogues Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Alexander Jacob Begbie 2017 - 2019 Principal Supervisor Entrance Effects on Solution Transport Through Nanoporous Membranes Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Daniel Justin Rankin 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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