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Dr. Iolanda Di Bernardo was awarded her PhD from Sapienza, University of Rome in 2018, after conducting research on low dimensional systems in Italy, France and Australia. She currently holds a Women in FLEET postdoctoral fellowship at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Future Low-Energy Electronics Technologies (FLEET), and she is based at Monash University.Before joining Monash. Iolanda worked as a Research Assistant at the Australian National University in Canberra.

Iolanda was awarded the Erasmus Mundus Action 2 Strand 2 NANOPHI project grant in 2017, an exchange fellowship between the EU, Australia and New Zealand, and the Australian Endeavour Fellowship in 2015.

Research interests

I am interested in the electronic structure and transport properties of two-dimensional topological materials, such as topological insulators and topological Dirac semimetals. These belong to a new and exciting class of matter displaying unique electronic properties, and hold the potential to be the building blocks of a new generation of low-energy electronics, limiting the energy usage in computing.

I grow these materials layer by layer via molecular beam epitaxy, and probe them via a combination of microscopic and spectroscopic techniques.

Supervision interests

I am currently accepting PhD, masters and Honours students on different projects on atomically thin materials.


Currently available PhD projects, see below:



Education/Academic qualification

Materials Science, PhD, Sapienza Universita di Roma (University of Rome)

External positions

Research Assistant, Australian National University

Oct 2018Jul 2019

Research area keywords

  • 2D materials
  • Topological Materials

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Research Output

Green full conversion of ZnO nanopowders to well-dispersed zeolitic imidazolate framework-8 (ZIF-8) nanopowders via a stoichiometric mechanochemical reaction for fast dye adsorption

Taheri, M., Di Bernardo, I., Lowe, A. J., Nisbett, D. & Tsuzuki, T., Mar 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Crystal Growth and Design. 34 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

One-step synthesis of porous transparent conductive oxides by hierarchical self-assembly of aluminum-doped ZnO nanoparticles

Bo, R., Zhang, F., Bu, S., Nasiri, N., Di Bernardo, I., Tran-Phu, T., Shrestha, A., Chen, H., Taheri, M., Qi, S., Zhang, Y., Mulmudi, H. K., Lipton-Duffin, J., Gaspera, E. D. & Tricoli, A., 26 Feb 2020, In : ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces. 12, 8, p. 9589-9599 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

High-Temperature One-Step Synthesis of Efficient Nanostructured Bismuth Vanadate Photoanodes for Water Oxidation

Tran-Phu, T., Chen, H., Bo, R., Di Bernardo, I., Fusco, Z., Simonov, A. N. & Tricoli, A., 1 Jan 2019, In : Energy Technology. 10 p., 1801052.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

2 Citations (Scopus)

Lattice Expansion in Optimally-Doped Manganese Oxide: An Effective Structural Parameter for Enhanced Thermochemical Water Splitting

Gao, X., Di Bernardo, I., Kreider, P., Tran-Phu, T., Cai, X., Wang, N., Zhu, Y., Brahmadesham Venkataraman, M., Lipton-Duffin, J., Bayon, A., Lipiński, W. & Tricoli, A., 20 Sep 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : ACS Catalysis. 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Metal-Organic Frameworks/Conducting Polymer Hydrogel Integrated Three-Dimensional Free-Standing Monoliths as Ultrahigh Loading Li-S Battery Electrodes

Liu, B., Bo, R., Taheri, M., Di Bernardo, I., Motta, N., Chen, H., Tsuzuki, T., Yu, G. & Tricoli, A., 1 Jan 2019, In : Nano Letters. 19, 7, p. 4391-4399 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

7 Citations (Scopus)


Women in FLEET fellowship

Iolanda Di Bernardo (Recipient), 2019

Prize: Competitive Fellowships