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How SupraG transformed a research breakthrough into a viable commercial product

The technological foundation of SupraG Energy is a result of the research of Professor Dan Li, who is recognized as a world leader in graphene materials research.  Prof. Li’s research significantly advanced developments related to scalable processing of graphene materials, with a specific focus on graphene-based electrodes with improved energy density for supercapacitor applications. Out of this work, and with the support of Monash University, two international patents were secured.

Following seven years of pioneering research by Prof. Li and his research team,  in 2015, SupraG Energy Pty Ltd was formed after attracting a large initial investment from Mr. Ying Meng, President of Tangshan Jianhua Industrial Group (TJIG).  TJIG is one of the largest graphene manufacturers in China, and this partnership was a critical step in scaling SupraG’s technology to become industry-compatible. Despite TJIG’s large production capability, the technical hurdles in creating marketable products from their graphene raw material limited the company’s expansion. Thus, this partnership enables development of downstream products for TJIG while granting SupraG exclusive access to large volume graphene raw materials at prices far below the market rate.

Prof. Li and Mr. Meng recruited Dr. Yufei Wang to become the Managing Director of SupraG. Along with his close ties to China, Dr. Wang had been a significant contributor to the research and development of these novel graphene materials during his PhD and Post-Doctoral research at Monash University, making him well suited to lead the company from a start-up and spin-off to a viable commercial manufacturer of graphene-based products.

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Professor Dan Li

A world leader in graphene research

Dan Li is a professor in materials science and engineering at the University of Melbourne, Australia. He received his PhD degree in Materials Physics and Chemistry from the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China in 1999. After several years as a Research Fellow at Nanjing University of Science and Technology, University of Washington, University of California Los Angles, and University of Wollongong, he joined Monash University as an associate professor in 2008 and was promoted to full professor in 2012. He was a foundation co-director of Monash Centre for Atomically Thin Materials (2015-2017). He joined the Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Melbourne in 2017. Prof. Li received the ARC Queen Elizabeth II Fellowship in 2006, the Scopus Young Researcher of the Year Award (Engineering and Technology) in 2010, ARC Future Fellowship in 2011, ARC Laureate Fellowship in 2018. He has been named in the list of Thomson Reuters’ Highly Cited Researchers in the category of Materials Science since 2014.

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Managing Director, Yufei Wang, PhD
Dr. Wang, co-founded SupraG, and he manages all daily operations and commercialization efforts.  He has been working on SupraG’s core IP since 2011, and his combination of academic and professional experience drives the development of SupraG’s market strategy in China to ensure business objectives are met. 

Research Engineer, Chun-Hin Ng, PhD
Dr. Ng has been working with SupraG since 2015 and has been instrumental in the successful scale-up of SupraG’s core technology. He is a materials engineering expert and responsible for industrial-scale graphene processing at the pilot plant in Port Melbourne and management of technical development at SupraG. 

Production Engineer, Diyan Liu, PhD
Dr. Liu has been a member of Prof. Li’s reseach group since 2014, with specific expertise in the design and characterization of graphene-based supercapacitor devices.  He is responsible for ensuring the quality of field trials with SupraG’s Chinese partners.

The Board

The Board of Directors includes representatives from TJIG who bring expertise in high volume graphene manufacturing and key contacts in the Chinese market.  Further, Monash University’s Innovation Office and commercialisation team play an active role in assisting with SupraG’s IP portfolio.

SupraG is also supported by an Advisory Board, which consists of accomplished executives in the industry sectors of technology transfer and energy technologies.  All members of the Advisory Board are all well experienced in new technology commercialization, some with a specific focus on Australia-China joint ventures.