Shi Xue Dou is the founding Director of ISEM and has been successful in establishing ISEM. He has been proactive in promoting collaborations – uniting industry, and national and international institutions – and has played a pivotal leadship role in the materials science community. He has focussed his research on electronic and energy storage materials, as well as their applications for commercialization and industry transformation. His pioneering work in this field has had a significant and sustained impact on both the scientific community and industry.
Throughout his career Prof. Dou has been an excellent and dedicated mentor to many PhD students and early career researchers. He has adapted the Taoist philosophy: let nature takes its own course. This gives all researchers and PhD students freedom to explore their ingenuity, creativity, and faith in themselves. As a result, a new generation of researchers has become group leaders in their own right. UOW is responsible for 35% of Australian research output and 40% of the Australian citations on sodium/lithium-ion battery and 65% for magnesium diboride superconductor research outputs and citations. ISEM has contributed 60% to UOW’s Nature Index Ranking score, 46% of its top 1% highly cited publications, 60% of the highly cited researchers, and 30% of the ARC funding to UOW in the past three years.
He is program leader for Automotive CRC 2020 and ongoing ARENA Smart Sodium Storage System program. He has supervised more than 98 PhD students to completion and more than 60 postdoctoral and visiting fellow who have been widely spread within five continents.