Powering on

Distinguished Professor Hua Kun Liu has played a significant role in raising the profile of Australia’s research in energy. 

Liu, who is also a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, has been a co-ordinator of the Energy Materials Research Group within UOW’s Institute for Superconducting and Electronic Materials since 1994 and her team has been internationally recognised as a leading group in the field. 

Her record speaks for itself. Liu has been awarded four consecutive Australian Research Council Australian Professorial Fellowships from 1994-2010. Her publications have attracted 23,800 citations with an H-index of 75 and her 60 PhD graduates are widely spread among prestigious institutions and companies around the world. In particular, she has made significant progress in promoting female postgraduates in science and technology. 

Liu has established a network with more than 20 research teams around the world and has worked closely with around 10 industry partners, singnificantly contributing to commercialisation and industry development via technology transfer, postgraduate training and spin off companies.  

The high-standing of her research group is demonstrated by the fact that it has contributed to 45 per cent of Australia’s total publications and 50 per cent of Australia’s total citations in the area of lithium ion batteries. The group has been a major contributor in ensuring that the subject of Materials Science at UOW is ranked in the top 1 per cent of such subjects in the world. 

Liu has overseen significant breakthroughs made in the development of innovative materials and technologies for a new generation of energy storage devices with high energy density, long life cycle and at a low cost.  

Her group has created numerous advanced materials and novel technologies including for use in lithium batteries, supercapacitors, fuel cells, hydrogen storage, and in hybrid electric vehicles. Under Liu’s leadership, the group’s in-depth research has been published in high impact refereed international journals.