Associate Professor Adrian Lowe

PhD (Cambridge) 1992
Associate Professor
College of Engineering & Computer Science
T: +61 2 6125 4881

Areas of expertise

  • Ceramics 091201
  • Composite And Hybrid Materials 091202
  • Colloid And Surface Chemistry 030603
  • Flexible Manufacturing Systems 091002
  • Electrochemistry 030604
  • Polymers And Plastics 091209
  • Chemical Engineering 0904
  • Materials Engineering 0912
  • Interdisciplinary Engineering 0915
  • Nanotechnology 1007
  • Other Education 1399

Research interests

Nanostructured functional ceramic oxides for efficient energy technologies
In particular - the development of manganese and zirconium oxide nanofibres for energy storage applications; calcium cobaltite nanofibres for thermoelectric applications and titania nanofibres for solar cell and water purification applications. In fact - I have an interest in any application focussing on nanostructured ceramics and I have a particular interest in liquid-state processing technologies, such as electrospinning. Most recently have been a number of projects looking at nanostructured ceramics for solar fuel production, such as syngas technologies.


 Having obtained a bachelor’s degree from the University of London, he spent 5 happy and productive years at Cambridge completing a PhD into the failure mechanisms of carbon fibre-epoxy aerospace composites in partnership with Rolls Royce under the supervision of Prof. Derek Hull. In 1992 he left for a post-doc position at Sydney University working in Prof. Yiu-Wing Mai’s research group on fatigue of adhesive bonds with DSTO and on the development of novel contact lens material with EYECON. In 1995 he took up a lecturing position at the ANU in the Department of Engineering to work on toughened polymer composite systems. After a break of several years during which time he managed the engineering educational portfolio, he changed research direction and concentrated on the development of nanostructured functional ceramics alongside long-standing collaborators at the Faculty of Engineering at the National University of Singapore.

Recent years has seen international collaborations grow across the region – in particular A*STAR, Malaysia and Brunei. These collaborations have focused on thermoelectric nanomaterials, energy storage nano-oxides and other functional electroceramics, as well as the development of nanostructured functional oxides through electrochemical treatment of scrap metal.

Between 2018 and 2020, I held the position of Associate Dean (Education) within the College of Engineering and Computer Science where I was responsible for guiding the College in the modernization of its educational portfolio as it enters a significant growth phase, and in helping the ANU to become a global standard in forward-thinking educational experiences.

Researcher's projects

The following research projects represent current and future research activity in the ANU Energy Nanomaterials Group. Of course - feel free to suggest other collaborative avenues!


  • Electrospun Vanadia for Energy Applications
  • Thermoelectric Material Development using Liquid-State Ceramic Processing Technologies
  • Nanostructured Cobaltites as Battery Electrode Materials
  • Enhanced Energy Storage Materials Using Carbon Alloying Techniques
  • Production of Nanoporous Oxides from Scrap Metal
  • High Performance Dielectric Materials Based on Nanostructured Zirconia and Titania
  • Nanostructured ceramics for high temperature solar fuel technologies


All these projects are available for students ranging from PhD level down to undergraduate project level


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