Research Fellow, Graphene Nanofoam for Energy Storage

26 May 2022
End of advertisement period
23 Jun 2022
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Description

A research fellow position is available in the group of Prof Barbaros Oezyilmaz at the National University of Singapore (NUS), with multidisciplinary research conducted at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE), Department of Physics and Centre for Advanced 2D Materials (CA2DM). Our group ( specialises in material synthesis of 2D (amorphous) materials and their applications in spintronics, in semiconductors as Cu-diffusion barrier and in energy storage applications. We are searching for experienced postdocs to drive the research in these areas and to develop emerging use cases in close collaboration with industry partners.

We recently invented a highly interconnected graphene based nanofoam (US Patent 9,691,916) that is mechanically strong, electrically conductive, electrochemically stable, and highly porous. Such properties are usually mutually exclusively, but coveted for many applications, e.g. energy storage, filtration, and catalysis. The necessary topological properties for such a material were first described by the mathematician Hermann Schwarz in the 1880s. The carbonaceous manifestation comprising a three-dimensional tapestry of graphene was proposed only in 1991 as a potential realisation. In collaboration with industry partners such as Murata, we have already demonstrated the importance of this novel material for supercapacitor applications where the device lifetime is shown to be ten times longer than compared to commercial devices and the development team is working on its use-case in micro-satellites.

We are looking for passionate postdocs:

  • To advance the synthesis of similarly nano-porous composites beyond graphene
  • To develop next-generation supercapacitators and pseudo-capacitors utilizing such foams
  • To demonstrate its use to power electric cards, satellites and wearable electronics, where peak power requirements, cyclability, temperature stability and form factor are crucial
  • To coillaborate with industry partners to validate the technology and identify commercialisation potential


  • Have relevant background experience in the research topic, preferably from a previous postdoctoral position
  • Sense of ownership and pride in your performance and its impact on team's success
  • A detailed understanding of the key technologies involved is a plus
  • You are a true team player, you thrive in fast-paced and agile environment, you enjoy working internationally
  • You have great interpersonal and communication skills, and you are excited by challenges

Covid-19 Message

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Taking into consideration the health and well-being of our staff and students and to better protect everyone in the campus, applicants are strongly encouraged to have themselves fully COVID-19 vaccinated to secure successful employment with NUS.

More Information

Location: Kent Ridge Campus
Organization: Centre for Advanced 2D Materials
Department : Office of Industry and Innovation
Job requisition ID : 14493

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