Research Fellows & Staff

Dr Rouhollah (Ali) JaliliRouhollah Ali Jalili 250x250

Research Fellow, Materials Program ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science, Intelligent Polymer Research Institute (IPRI), University of Wollongong, Wollongong, NSW, Australia.

Doctor of Philosophy, Science, health and medicine, University of Wollongong, 2103.
Master of Science, Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Fibers Science, Isfahan University of Technology (IUT), Iran, 2006.
Bachelor of Science, Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Fibers Science, Isfahan University of Technology (IUT), Iran, 2003.

Research interests
Conducting polymers, Carbon nanotubes, Graphene, liquid crystals, Printing, Wet-spinning, electrospinning, spraycoating, Multifunctional composites, energy storage and conversion, carbon fibers, bionic.

Recent projects

Graphene multifunctional fibersultra-large graphene oxide sheet

We introduced the concept of one-step continuous large-scale fabrication of fully oriented graphene fibers, which is crucial to realizing production of graphene-based multifunctional 3D structures. We also addressed key fundamental issues regarding the formation of liquid crystalline (LC) dispersions of graphene oxide (GO) and their processability via a wet-spinning process.

We developed a solid understanding in the required criteria to correlate processability with LC behaviour, aspect ratio (ultra large GO sheets), dispersion concentration, and rheological behaviour to provide a viable universal platform to process different LC GO dispersions which is of both technological and fundamental interest in graphene field.

The new knowledge gained through rheological investigations provides a sound explanation as to why continuous spinning of binder-free and fully ordered graphene fibers and yarns is enabled by the LC behaviour at practical conditions. Advanced Functional Materials 2013, DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201300765.

Organic solvent-based graphene oxide liquid crystals

SEM image of the cross section of fully ordered graphene fiber

The highly promised applications of graphene-based liquid crystals were hindered mainly because of the practical limitations induced by water as the only medium in which graphene oxide liquid crystal was prepared. We introduced the discovery of solvophobic soft self-assembly of LC GO in a wide range of organic solvents, many of which were not known to afford solvophobic self-assembly prior to our discovery.

SEM image of the cross section of a self-assembled and layer-by-layer SWNT-Graphene composite

This discovery provides practical solutions to the processability of a wide range of materials that require organic solvents because of solubility issues and/or water sensitivity(i.e. metal oxides, polymers and nanomaterials) which is of both technological and fundamental interest for different applications.

We developed a solid understanding in the required criteria and mechanisms through which the solvophobic self-assembly provides a facile route towards next generation of self-assembled layer-by-layer multifunctional 3D graphene based architectures. ACS nano 2013, 7 , 3981-3990.

Selected Publications:

1. Jalili, R., Aboutalebi, S.H., Esrafilzadeh, D., Konstantinov, K., Razal, M.J., Wallace, G.G., "Organic Solvent-Based Graphene Oxide Liquid Crystals: A Facile Route Towards Next Generation of Self-Assembled Layer-by-Layer Multifunctional 3D Architectures". ACS Nano 7 (5), 3981-3990, 2013.

2. Jalili, R., Aboutalebi, S.H., Esrafilzadeh, D., Chen J., Shepherd, L.R., Aminorroaya-Yamini, S., Konstantinov, K., Minett, I.A., Razal, M.J., Wallace, G.G., "Scalable One-Step Wet-spinning of graphene Fibers and Yarns from Liquid Crystalline Dispersions of Graphene Oxide: Towards Multifunctional Textiles". Advanced Functional Materials, 2013.

3. Quigley, A.F., Razal, J.M., Kita, M., Jalili, R., Gelmi, A., Penington, A., Ovalle-Robles, R., Baughman, R.H., Clark, G.M., Wallace, G.G., Kapsa, R.M.I., "Electrical Stimulation of Primary Murine Myoblasts on Aligned Nanostructured Conductive Polymer Platforms". Advanced Healthcare Materials, 1 (6), 801-808, 2012.

4. Jalili, R., Razal, M.J., Wallace, G. G., "Exploiting High Quality PEDOT:PSS/SWNT Composite Formulations for Wet-Spinning Multifunctional Fibres", Journal of Materials Chemistry, 22 (48), 25174-25182, 2012.

5. Jalili, R., Razal J.M., Innis C.P., Wallace G.G., "One-Step Wet-Spinning Process of Poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):Poly(styrenesulfonate) Fibers and the Origin of Higher Electrical Conductivity". Advanced Functional Materials, 21 (17), 3363-3370, 2011.

6. Moradzadegan, A., Ranaei-Siadat, S.O., Ebrahim-Habibi, A., Barshan-Tashnizi, M., Jalili, R., Torabi, S.F., Khajeh, Kh., "Immobilization of acetylcholinesterase in nanofibrous PVA/BSA membranes by electrospinning", Engineering in Life Sciences, 10 (1) 57 - 64 ,2010.

7. Tavanai, H., Jalili, R., Morshed, M., "Effects of fiber diameter and CO2 activation temperature on the pore characteristics of polyacrylonitrile based activated carbon nanofibers", Surface and Interface Analysis, 41 (10), 814 - 819 ,2009.

8. Esrafilzadeh, D., Jalili, R., Morshed, M., "Study on crystalline order and mechanical properties of as-electrospun and post-treated bundles like multi-filament yarns of uniaxially aligned polyacrylonitrile (PAN) nanofiber", Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 110 (5), 3014 - 3022 , 2008.

9. Jalili, R., Morshed, M., Hosseini, S. A., "Fundamental parameters affecting electrospinning of PAN nanofibers as uniaxially aligned fibers", Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 101 (6), 4350 - 4357,2006.

10. Jalili, R., Hosseini, S. A., Morshed, M., "The Effect of Operating Parameters on the Morphology of Electrospun PAN Nanofibers", Iranian Polymer Journal, 14 (2), 1080-1086, 2005.

Interested in the ACES Materials Program? Contact Dr Rouhollah Jalili.

Phone: +61 2 42214008

Last reviewed: 29 September, 2014