Dr. Lipiao Bao

Carbon nanotubes and the exploration of their chemical properties

As an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow, he will further his research at the Chair for Organic Chemistry II at FAU. (Image: Dr. Wanzheng Zhang)

As an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow, he will further his research at the Chair for Organic Chemistry II at FAU. (Image: Dr. Wanzheng Zhang)

From 2007 until 2011, Dr. Bao studied at the Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China, where he successfully completed his Bachelor in Materials Science. Following this, he commenced a Ph.D. in Materials Science, which he finished with honor in 2016. During that time, Dr. Bao spent one year at the University of California, Davis as a Joint Ph.D. Student. As an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow, he will further his research at the Chair for Organic Chemistry II at FAU, where he will be supervised by the chairholder Prof. Dr. Andreas Hirsch.

Dr. Lipiao Bao´s research interest focuses on the chemistry and material science of carbon allotropes, the synthesis and separation of novel fullerenes as well as their structure, properties and applications, crystal engineering and structural programming of molecules among others.

FAU is a famous university and my friends who have studied or worked here speak highly of FAU.

What is your field of research and what initially sparked your interest in this area?

My research focuses on novel carbon allotropes like fullerene and carbon nanotube. Carbon allotropes such as fullerene, graphene and carbon nanotubes possess outstanding physical properties. Their applications are versatile, for example, they can be used in the fields of electronics, materials science and energy conversions. I would like to thank my PhD supervisor Prof. Xing Lu for showing me the perfect spherical structures of fullerenes, which attracted my deep interest.

What were your reasons for choosing FAU as your host institution for a research stay abroad?

FAU is a famous university and my friends who have studied or worked here speak highly of FAU. Moreover, Prof. Hirsch’s group at FAU is one of the leading groups in my research area and it’s my honour to further my research here.

How well known is FAU internationally in your field of research?

As I mentioned, Prof. Hirsch, who holds the Chair of Organic Chemistry II at FAU and who is my supervisor, is a pioneer in my research area and has made a significant contribution to this field.

How do you find the interaction between researchers at FAU thus far?

At FAU, we discuss and collaborate a lot to conduct the research, which in my opinion is the way research should be done.

Could you give us a short summary of the project your research group is working on?

My research group at FAU aims at the cutting-edge research of Synthetic Carbon Allotropes, Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons and Supramolecular Chemistry. In particular, their synthesis, construction, properties and versatile potential applications are deeply explored.

And what is your main task within your research group?

My main interest here is the preparation of short carbon nanotubes and the exploration of their chemical properties. The ultimate goal is to identify their versatile applications.

How does your research affect society?

Carbon allotropes like carbon nanotubes and graphene have excellent physical properties and therefore their applications in various fields is very promising, for example, in electronic devices, which we use in our daily life.

What were your first and subsequent impressions of the Erlangen-Nuremberg region?

I like this place where you can not only enjoy a modern comfortable life but also take a walk into history when you want.

What are your favourite places at FAU and in Erlangen or Nuremberg?

I like the Christmas market where people celebrate together and enjoy this happy moment.

Thank you for the interview, Dr. Bao.