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Wang, Xiaolin Distinguished Professor

Director, Institute for Superconducting and Electronic Materials

  • Australian Institute for Innovative Materials
  • Institute for Superconducting and Electronic Materials
  • Node Director, Theme leader - ARC Centre of Excellence for Future Low Energy Electronic Technologies


Professor Wang Xiaolin received his B.Sc and M.Sc in Physics and PhD in Materials Science. He is a creative scientist at the forefront of exploring new materials and new physical properties. He is committed to making breakthroughs in any topic of materials science where using conventional approaches to make further breakthroughs have been exhausted. His research areas cover a broad spectrum of materials and materials physics including superconductors, topological insulators, multiferroic materials, thermoelectric materials, quantum transport, wettability of liquids, novel effects in liquid metals, DFT simulations, 2D materials, thin films, nano-materials, and 3D bulk crystals. Prof Wang pioneered a number of ground-breaking studies in MgB2 superconductors, Fe-based superconductors, topological insulators, liquid metals, and grand design of new materials and physical properties. He proposed new class materials (Physical Review Letter, 2008), coined as spin gapless materials which bridge the zero gap material and half metal and is regarded as a new platform for spintronics and more importantly for quantum anomalous Hall effect. His discovery of heart beating effect in room-temperature liquid metals (published in Physical Review Letters) was highlighted in Nature and have attracted extensive media coverage including Forbes, new scientist etc. Prof. Wang’s original creativity and unique thinking led him to the invention of a new periodic table---the periodic table of basic element of physical properties (Cover page,2015, Science Bulletin). This new table open a new horizon in predicting of new class of materials and physical properties. Prof Wang is also committed to fostering and training the next generation of  researchers and leaders. Prof Wang’s significant contribution to the Australian research on materials science and condensed matter physics has led him to be awarded a number of Australian Research Council fellowships including QEII Fellowship, Professorial Future Fellowship, and UOW Vice Chancellor’s excellence award of researcher of the year. Prof. Wang is the Node Director and leader of the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Future Low Energy Electronic Technologies; Director of Institute for Superconducting and Electronic Materials, UoW.

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