Dr Qiao joined the School of Chemical Engineering of the University of Adelaide (UoA) in March 2012 as a professor (the inaugural Chair of Nanotechnology). His research expertise is in nanomaterials and functional materials for new energy technologies (electrocatalysis, photocatalysis, batteries, fuel cell, supercapacitors). He has co-authored more than 350 papers in refereed journals, including Nature, Nature Energy, Nature Materials, Nature Chemistry, Nature Communications, Angew Chem Int Ed, J. Am. Chem. Soc, Advanced Materials (over 37,000 citations, h-index: 98). He has filed three patents on novel nanomaterials and attracted more than 11 million dollars in research grants from industrial partners and Australian Research Council (ARC).
In recognition of his achievements in research, he was honoured with a prestigious ARC Laureate Fellow (2017), ExxonMobil Award (2016), ARC Discovery Outstanding Researcher Award (DORA, 2013), a Emerging Researcher Award (2013, ENFL Division of the American Chemical Society) and a UQ Foundation Research Excellence Award (2008). He has also been awarded an ARC ARF Fellowship, an ARC APD Fellowship and an inaugural UQ Mid-Career Research Fellowship.
Dr Qiao is an Associate Editor of Journal of Materials Chemistry A, a Fellow of Institution of Chemical Engineers (FIChemE), Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC) and Royal Australian Chemical Institute (FRACI). Dr Qiao is a Clarivate Analytics/Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher in two categories (Chemistry, Materials Science).