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A/Prof. Zongwen Liu

Associate Professor

Ph: + 61 2 9351 7535
Fax: + 61 2 9351 7682

BSc (Physics) 1982, Lanzhou Uni; PhD (Physics) 1999, The Uni of Melbourne


  • 2010 –present: Principle Research Fellow, The University of Sydney
  • 2007 - 2011: Queen Elizabeth II Fellow, The University of Sydney
  • 2004 - 2006: Senior Research Associate, The University of Sydney
  • 2001 - 2003: Science and Technology Agency (STA) Fellow, NIMS, Japan
  • 1999 - 2000: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, The University Queensland

Research Interests
Electron microscopy of inorganic materials including ceramics, metals, light alloys, semiconductors and various kinds of nanomaterials. Synthesis of one-dimensional nanomaterials. Characterisation techniques include:

  • High-Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy (HRTEM).
  • Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectrometer (EDS).
  • Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy (EELS).
  • X-ray Diffraction (XRD).
  • Three Dimensional Atom Probe Microscopy.

Selected publications
F. Q. Song, T. Y. Wang, X. F. Wang, C. H. Xu, L. B. He, J. G. Wan, C. V. Haesendonck, S. P. Ringer, M. Han, Z. Liu, and G. H. Wang, Visualizing plasmon coupling in closely spaced chains of Ag nanoparticles by electron energy-loss spectroscopy, Small, 6, 446-451 (2010).

H. Chen, Y. Chen, C. Li, H, Zhang, J. S. Williams, Y. Liu, Z. Liu, S. P. Ringer, Eu-doped boron nitride nanotubes as nanosized visible light source, Advanced Materials, 19, 1845-1848 (2007).

Z. Liu, J. Hu, Y. Bando, K. Ratinac, S. P. Ringer, A novel method for practical temperature measurement with carbon nanotube nanothermometers, Nanotechnology, 17, 3681-3684 (2006).

Z. Liu, Y. Bando, M. Mitome, J. Zhan, "Unusual Freezing and Melting of Gallium Encapsulated in Carbon Nanotubes", Physical Review Letters, 93, 095504 (2004).

Z. Liu and Y. Bando, "A Novel Method for Preparing Copper Nanorods and Nanowires", Advanced Materials, 15, 303-305 (2003).

Z. Liu, P. M. Kelly, J. Drennan, P. Mora, and H. Kanda, "Formation of Spinel from Olivine", Applied Physics Letters, 84, 1856-1858 (2003).

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