Qiaoliang Bao

Assoc Professor

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Bao received his ARC DECERA in 2012 and ARC Future Fellowship in 2015. He is one of the 20 lead Chief Investigators (CIs) of ARC COE FLEET and one of CIs in ARC Industry Transformation Hub NanoComm. He is the leading CI of ARC LIEF 2019 and has been involved in another three LIEF projects in the past three years.

Bao’s research involves the investigation of atomically thin optical materials (graphene, 2D transition metal dichalcogenides, topological insulators, hybrid organic-inorganic perovskites) and their photonic and optoelectronic applications (such as lasers, photodetectors, optical modulators, LED, and solar cells). In particular, Bao has spent lots of efforts to study waveguide-coupled 2D semiconductors and polariton-coupled 2D materials and devices, focusing on the effect of confined-space light-matter interactions on the transport of electrons or other quasi-particles such as plasmon polariton, exciton polarition and phonon polariton.

Bao’s recent publication in Nature (2018, 562, 557–562) about the discovery of directional and long-lived nanolight in a 2D material has been highlighted by many scientific websites or public media such as Nature, EurekAlert!, sciMex, Brightsurf.com, esdnews, and sustainabilitymatters etc. This story is highlighted in the spotlight section of ATSE’s Focus magazine (Number 208, March 2019).

Early this year, Bao’s team reported an optical sensor using new, more sensitive materials to look for key markers of disease in the body increased detection by up to 10,000 times. It has attracted broad attention from the science community as well as public, and SBS radio had an interview with Bao about this new discovery (11 January 2019).

Bao has over 200 peer-review journal publications which include 1 in Nature, 1 in Nature Photonics, 1 in Nature Chemistry, 7 in Nature Communications, 1 in Light: Science and Applications, 7 in Advanced Materials, 10 in Advanced Functional Materials, 14 in ACS Nano, 8 in Advanced Optical Materials, 7 in Small, 7 in ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 6 in Chemistry of Materials, 5 in Nanoscale and 4 in JACS, etc. More than fifteen publications were selected as cover stories. His publications have received >22,000 citations, with an H-index of 61 (Google Scholar) as of June 2019. Bao has >30 highly cited publications according to the latest data in Web of Science. Dr. Bao is listed as 2018 Highly Cited (HiCi) researcher by Clarivate Analytics.

Bao has supervised 6 PhD students and 1 master student to completion, and now he is supervising 9 Ph.D students at Clayton campus, two Monash-IITB joint PhD students and one Monash-SEU joint PhD student. Bao has hosted more than 10 visitors for collaborative projects and three academics for sabbatical visiting, through which he has built an international collaboration networks crossing Korea, China, Singapore, Spain and UK.

Bao has given more than 40 invited oral presentations in international conferences and assisted to organise a few graphene or 2D material related sessions/symposiums. As one of the co-chairs, Bao has co-organised the 4th International Conference on 2D Materials and Technology at Melbourne in December 2018. Bao has been sitting in the committee of this serial of conference a few times since it was started in 2014.  

Bao is the associate editor of a new journal Materials Report: Energy. Bao is the editorial board member of npj 2D Materials and Applications (Nature Publishing Group), Nano Materials Science (Elsevier) and Infomat (Wiley). He was the guest-editor of a few special issues for Optical Materials Express, Optical Communications, Photonic Research and IEEE Journal of Selected Topics of Quantum Electronics. Bao has reviewed more than 250 articles independently for many top journals such as Nature, Nature Photonics, Nature Nanotechnology, Nature Review Materials, Advanced Materials, Advanced Functional Materials, etc.

Bao is the assessor for many funding agencies around the world, including Australian Research Council (ARC), the European Research Council (ERC), National Research Foundation of Singapore (NRFS), Israeli Ministry of Science and Technology, the Austrian Science Fund (FWF), the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF), and the Research Grants Council (RGC) of Hong Kong.


  • Function Material and Devices
  • Graphene
  • 2D Materials
  • Nanophotonics
  • Bio-Photonics
  • Optoelectronics

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Projects 2015 2024

ARC Centre of Excellence in Future Low-energy Electronics Technologies

Fuhrer, M., Bao, Q., Culcer, D., Davis, M., Davis, J., Hamilton, A., Helmerson, K., Kalantar-Zadeh, K., Klochan, O., Medhekar, N., Ostrovskaya, E., Parish, M., Schiffrin, A., Seidel, J., Sushkov, O., Valanoor, N., Vale, C., Wang, X., Wang, L., Galitskiy, V., Gedik, N., Gurarie, V., Hannon, J., Höfling, S., Hone, J., Rule, K. C., Krausz, F., Littlewood, P., MacDonald, A., Neto, A., Oezyilmaz, B., Paglione, J., Phillips, W., Refael, G., Sinova, J., Spielman, I., Tadich, A., Xue, Q., Cole, J., Nguyen, T., Perali, A., Neilson, D., Lin, H. & Sek, G.

Australian Research Council (ARC), Monash University – Internal School Contribution, Monash University – Internal Department Contribution, Monash University – Internal Faculty Contribution, Monash University – Internal University Contribution, University of Wollongong, The University of Queensland , Tsinghua University, The University of New South Wales, Australian National University , RMIT University, Swinburne University of Technology


Project: Research

nano infrared and sub micron Raman spectroscopy and imaging.

McNaughton, D., Appadoo, D., Bao, Q., Beardall, J., Beattie, D., Cheng, W., Kou, S., Kvansakul, M., Lin, J., Macfarlane, D., Mechler, A. I., Perugini, M., Roberts, A., Robertson, E., Smith, B., Puskar, L. & Tobin, M.

Australian Research Council (ARC), La Trobe University, The University of Melbourne, University of South Australia, Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication, Australian Synchrotron, Monash University


Project: Research

Research Output 2002 2019

An adaptive soft plasmonic nanosheet resonator

Wang, X., Yildirim, T., Si, K. J., Sharma, A., Xue, Y., Qin, Q., Bao, Q., Cheng, W. & Lu, Y., Apr 2019, In : Laser and Photonics Reviews. 13, 4, 8 p., 1800302.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Construction of porous N-doped graphene layer for efficient oxygen reduction reaction

Chen, X., Liang, Y., Wan, L., Xie, Z., Easton, C. D., Bourgeois, L., Wang, Z., Bao, Q., Zhu, Y., Tao, S. & Wang, H., 2 Feb 2019, In : Chemical Engineering Science. 194, p. 36-44 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Flexible, printable soft-X-Ray detectors based on all-inorganic perovskite quantum dots

Liu, J., Shabbir, B., Wang, C., Wan, T., Ou, Q., Yu, P., Tadich, A., Jiao, X., Chu, D., Qi, D., Li, D., Kan, R., Huang, Y., Dong, Y., Jasieniak, J., Zhang, Y. & Bao, Q., 6 Jun 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Advanced Materials. 8 p., 1901644.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Back-contact perovskite solar cells with honeycomb-like charge collecting electrodes

Hou, Q., Bacal, D., Jumabekov, A. N., Li, W., Wang, Z., Lin, X., Ng, S. H., Tan, B., Bao, Q., Chesman, A. S. R., Cheng, Y. B. & Bach, U., 1 Aug 2018, In : Nano Energy. 50, p. 710-716 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Band structure engineering in 2D materials for optoelectronic applications

Bao, X., Ou, Q., Xu, Z. Q., Zhang, Y., Bao, Q. & Zhang, H., 1 Nov 2018, In : Advanced Materials Technologies. 3, 11, 14 p., 1800072.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleResearchpeer-review