Prof Yun Liu received her PhD degree from the Xian Jiaotong University in 1997. She has since held the AIST fellow and STA Fellow positions at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Kyushu, Japan (1998-2001) before the commencement of her Postdoctoral Fellow position at the Australian National University in 2001. She is currently leading the Functional Materials Research Group at the Australian National University. She is also the Director of ANU-Fenghua Joint R&D Centre for Dielectric Materials and Devices.
In Australia, she was awarded the Australian Research Council (ARC) Queen Elisabeth II (2006-2010) and ARC Future Fellow (2011-2016). She is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Physics (FAIP). She is a national board member and a Certified Materials Professional (CMatP) of the Materials of Australia (MA). She is also a member of the Society of Crystallographers in Australia and New Zealand (SCANZ) and the Society of Australian Ceramics as well as IEEE.
Her research will cover one or more aspects as follows: (1) Material synthesis and design (2) Local structure and defect analysis (3) Functionality characterisation from nanometre to centimetre length scale, in particular related to dielectric, piezoelectric and ferroelectric properties, photocatlystic and photovoltaic effects as well as energy storage; And (4) Device fabrication. CI Liu have published over 200 peer-reviewed journal papers and 24 patents issued, including papers published in Nature Materials, Advanced Materials, Advanced Functional Materials and Chemistry of Materials.
Vanessa Peterson is a principal research and neutron scattering instrument scientist, part of the neutron powder diffraction team, at the Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering (ACNS). Vanessa leads the Functional Materials for Energy Systems and Devices research group at the ACNS and is an honorary Professorial Fellow with the Australian Institute for Innovative Materials at the University of Wollongong. Her research aims to understand structure/dynamics-function relationships in materials, particularly those used in sustainable-energy systems including batteries and porous materials for gas separation and storage applications. Gaining her PhD in 2004 from the University of Technology, Sydney, Vanessa worked at the NIST Center for Neutron Research before moving to the University of Sydney’s Department of Chemistry. In 2008 she joined the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation’s neutron scattering centre. Since 2006 Vanessa has published over 130 journal articles, 3 book chapters, co-edited a book, and produced one child.