Shilin Zhang

Dr Shilin Zhang

Research Fellow (B) (with PhD)

School of Chemical Engineering

Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology


Dr Shilin Zhang is currently a Research Fellow at the School of Chemical Engineering. His research areas focus on energy storage, functional materials, advanced material characterisation and technologies, and computational science. Dr Zhang has published over 70 peer-reviewed research papers including 15 ESI Highly Cited Papers (1%) on Advanced Materials, Angew Chem Int Ed, Energy Environmental Science etc. His publications received >6,000 citations with h-index of 33 (Google Scholar).

He has successfully secured over 3M AUD grant from Australian Research Council (ARC) including ARC DECRA Fellowship (2024-2026), 2 ARC LIEF grants, 11 merit beamline grants from Australian Synchrotron as a chief investigator. Based on research excellence, he was awarded the AINSE Early Career Research Award (2022) and Chancellor’s Commendation Outstanding Graduates (2020)

Dr. Zhang is dedicated to developing functional nanomaterials in energy storage, sustainability, and medical applications. He has significantly contributed to facilitating mechanistic insights into materials sciences and energy storage with advanced protocols of in situ characterisation/analysis and computations.

His research areas include:

  • Lithium/liquid metal batteries with high energy and high round-trip Coulombic efficiency
  • Functional electrolytes in aqueous batteries
  • Functional nanomaterials and nanotechnology
  • CO2 capture and conversion
  • Theoretical calculations
  • High-entropy alloys
  • Battery recycling

19. Shilin Zhang (CI), Australian Synchrotron X-ray absorption spectroscopy beamline (AS242/XAS/21762), 2024, ANSTO In-kind Grant Value: 98,352 AUD.

18. Shilin Zhang (CI), Australian Synchrotron Powder Diffraction beamline (AS242/PD/21781), 2024, ANSTO In-kind Grant Value: 65,568 AUD.

17. Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities, Australian Research Council, Nov. 2023, CI (5th), Cash grant value: $AUD 1,150,000.

16. Shilin Zhang (CI), Developing Room-Temperature Liquid Metal Batteries for Safe Energy Storage. Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (ARC-DE, DE230100159), 2024-2026, 473, 847 AUD.

15. Shilin Zhang (CI). Australian Synchrotron X-ray absorption spectroscopy beamline (AS231/XAS/20391), 2023, ANSTO In-kind Grant Value: 32,784 AUD.

14. Shilin Zhang (CI). Australian Synchrotron X-ray absorption spectroscopy beamline (AS231/XAS/20390), 2023, ANSTO In-kind Grant Value: 98,352 AUD.

13. Shilin Zhang (CI). Australian Synchrotron Powder Diffraction beamline (AS212/PD/20368), 2023, ANSTO In-kind Grant Value: 98,352 AUD.

12. Shilin Zhang (CI). Australian Synchrotron Soft X-ray spectroscopy beamline (AS212/PD/19816), 2023, ANSTO In-kind Grant Value: 163,920 AUD.

11. Shilin Zhang (CI). Australian Synchrotron Powder Diffraction beamline (AS212/PD/19418), 2023, ANSTO In-kind Grant Value: 98,352 AUD.

10. Shilin Zhang (CI). Australian Synchrotron X-ray absorption spectroscopy beamline (AS231/XAS/19416), 2023, ANSTO In-kind Grant Value: 32,784 AUD.

9. Shilin Zhang (CI). Australian Synchrotron X-ray absorption spectroscopy beamline (AS231/XAS/19414), 2023, ANSTO In-kind Grant Value: 32,784 AUD.

8. Shilin Zhang (CI). Australian Synchrotron X-ray absorption spectroscopy beamline (AS231/XAS/19407), 2023, ANSTO In-kind Grant Value: 65,568 AUD.

7. Shilin Zhang (CI). Australian Synchrotron Infrared microscopy beamline (AS231/IRM/19199), 2023, ANSTO In-kind Grant Value: 131,136 AUD.

6. Shilin Zhang (CI). Australian Synchrotron Infrared microscopy beamline (AS231/IRM/18819), 2023, ANSTO In-kind Grant Value: 98,352 AUD.

5. Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities, Australian Research Council, Nov. 2022, CI (5th), Cash grant value: $AUD 2,206,421.

4. Shilin Zhang (CI). Australian Synchrotron Powder Diffraction beamline (AS212/PD/17105), 2022, ANSTO In-kind Grant Value: 65,568 AUD.

3. The University of Adelaide Seed Fund. Direct recycling the end-of-life batteries. Nov. 2021, CI (3rd), Cash Grant: $AUD10, 000.00

2. Shilin Zhang (CI), ECMS Grant Development support, University of Adelaide Open Project, Sept. 2021, Cash grant value: $AUD 3,000.

1. Shilin Zhang (CI), DVCR Small Equipment Scheme, University of Adelaide Open Project, Nov. 2021, Cash grant value: $AUD 14,771.

  • CHEM ENG 7105: Materials for Catalysis (Guest Lecturer) 2023 Semester 1-
  • CHEM ENG 7106: Materials Engineering for Energy (Tutor/course co-coordinator) 2022 Semester 1-
  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2024 Co-Supervisor Flexible Quasi-Solid-State Electrolytes for the Aqueous Zinc-Ion Batteries Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Zhaorui Zhou
    2024 Principal Supervisor Li-Battery recycle and catalytic reaction Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Xindan Zhang
    2024 Principal Supervisor Design of Solid-State Lithium batteries for Practical Applications Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Tengsheng Chi
    2024 Principal Supervisor Mechanistic Analysis of Side Reactions in Alkaline Zinc-Manganese Batteries and the Influence of Electrolyte on Side reactions Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Qinqin Cai
    2024 Principal Supervisor Electrochemical CO2 Reduction for Multi-carbon Products Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Anoja Kawsihan
    2023 Co-Supervisor Mechanism of Selective Regulated Separation of Lithium from Waste ternary Lithium Battery Materials Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Yan Wang
    2023 Co-Supervisor Constructing high-performance aqueous zinc-based batteries: Materials design, systematic modification, and mechanisms exploration Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Lei Mao
    2022 Principal Supervisor Electrolyte systems for aqueous zinc-ion batteries Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Guanjie Li
    2021 Principal Supervisor Development of high-performance lithium-carbon dioxide batteries. Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Liang Sun
  • Position: Research Fellow (B) (with PhD)
  • Phone: 0421502829
  • Email: shilin.zhang01@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Engineering Annexe, floor Second Floor
  • Room: 204
  • Org Unit: Materials Engineering

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