Position

Research Associate in Nanotechnology
School of Chemical & Physical Sciences

Biography

After obtaining my PhD in 2012 from Flinders University I joined the group of Prof. Dr. Dominik Eder at the University of Muenster where I worked on the fabrication, characterisation and photocatlytic properties of nanocarbon-hybrid materials. After 2 years in Germany I returned to Flinders University to take up a 1 year joing Industry project with Flinders University and PMB defence engineering. Currently I am employed on an ARC discovery project to prepare novel photovoltaics using carbon nanotubes.

Qualifications

  • Bsc Nanotechnology (Honours) 2007
  • Doctor of Philosophy 2011

Honours, awards and grants

2012 South Australian PhD Research Excellence award (AUD $10,000) for best PhD Thesis in Physcial Sciences, Mathematics & Engineering
2008-2011 Australian postgraduate award (APA) scholarshop for PhD stipend
2011 Appeared on television program "Scope," new materials episode
2010 Featured in newspaper article "Extremely small science", The Advertiser pg. 66, 8/6/2010
2009 Poster prize (€500), Euromembrane conference, Montpellier, France
2009 ARNAM student scholarhip for collaborative research (AUD $3,500) to visit the University of Bath, UK
2008 3rd Prize (AUD $250), poster competition at The Australian Research Council Network for Advanced Materials Conference, Geelong
2007 Chancellor's Letter of Commendation
2007 1st Class Honours

Key responsibilities

Carbon nanotube and graphene research for energy storage and conversion

Research expertise

  • Materials engineering
  • Nanotechnology
  • Surface science

Research interests

I am interested in the applying nanotechnology and surface science to solve socially relevant problems. My current research is focused on solar cells and rechargeable batteries.

Publications

  • Shearer, C., Yu, J., Bissett, M., Tune, D.D., Flavel, B.S. and Shapter, J.G. (2010). Surface modifications with carbon nanotubes - what might be possible? Surface Coatings Australia, 47(4) pp. 12.
  • Shearer, C., Velleman, L., Acosta, F., Ellis, A., Voelcker, N., Mattia, D., et al. (2010). Water Transport Through Nanoporous Materials: Porous Silicon and Single Walled Carbon Nanotubes. In Proceedings of the 2010 International Conference on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICONN2010) USA: IEEE. 2010 International Conference on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICONN2010) Sydney, Australia. Feb 2010, pp. 196-199.
    [10.1109/ICONN.2010.6045248] [Scopus]
  • Shearer, C., Constantopoulos, K.T., Voelcker, N.H., Shapter, J.G. and Ellis, A.V. (2008). Preparation and characterisation of vertically aligned single-walled carbon nanotube arrays on porous silicon. In Nicolas H. Voelcker, Helmut W. Thissen, ed. Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. http://spiedigitallibrary.org/journals/doc/SPIEDL-home/proc/: SPIE. Smart Materials V. Melbourne, VIC, Australia. Dec 2008.
    [10.1117/12.811472] [Scopus]
  • Constantopoulos, K.T., Shearer, C., Shapter, J.G., Voelcker, N.H. and Ellis, A.V. (2008). Preparation and characterization of multiwalled carbon nanotube (MWCNT)/polymer nanostructured materials. In Nicolas H. Voelcker, Helmut W. Thissen, ed. Proceedings of SPIE. http://spiedigitallibrary.org/journals/doc/SPIEDL-home/proc/: SPIE. SPIE Smart Materials V. Melbourne, VIC, Australia. Dec 2008, pp. 72670G-1-72670G-11.
    [10.1117/12.810958] [Scopus]
  • Batmunkh, M., Dadkhah Jazi, M., Shearer, C.J., Biggs, M. and Shapter, J.G. (2016). Incorporation of graphene into SnO 2 photoanodes for dye-sensitized solar cells. Applied Surface Science, 387 pp. 690-697.
    [10.1016/j.apsusc.2016.06.146]
  • Batmunkh, M., Dadkhah Jazi, M., Shearer, C.J., Biggs, M. and Shapter, J.G. (2016). Tin Oxide Light-Scattering Layer for Titania Photoanodes in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells. Energy Technology, 4(8) pp. 959-966.
    [10.1002/ente.201600008]
  • Yu, L., Tune, D.D., Shearer, C.J., Grace, T.S.L. and Shapter, J.G. (2016). Heterojunction Solar Cells Based on Silicon and Composite Films of Polyaniline and Carbon Nanotubes. IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics, 6(3) pp. 688-695.
    [10.1109/JPHOTOV.2016.2528408] [Scopus]
  • Yu, L., Shearer, C.J. and Shapter, J.G. (2016). Recent Development of Carbon Nanotube Transparent Conductive Films. Chemical Reviews, 116(22) pp. 13413-13453.
  • Slattery, A.D., Shearer, C.J., Gibson, C.T., Shapter, J.G., Lewis, D.A. and Stapleton, A.J. (2016). Carbon nanotube modified probes for stable and high sensitivity conductive atomic force microscopy. Nanotechnology, 27(47) pp. 475708-1-475708-8.
  • Shearer, C.J., Slattery, A.D., Stapleton, A.J., Shapter, J.G. and Gibson, C.T. (2016). Accurate thickness measurement of graphene. Nanotechnology, 27(125704)
    [Scopus]
  • Sader, J.E., Borgani, R., Gibson, C.T., Haviland, D.B., Higgins, M.J., Kilpatrick, J.I., et al. (2016). A virtual instrument to standardise the calibration of atomic force microscope cantilevers. Review of Scientific Instruments, 87(9) pp. 093711-1-093711-14.
  • Larsen, L.J., Shearer, C.J., Ellis, A.V. and Shapter, J.G. (2016). Optimization and Doping of Reduced Graphene Oxide–Silicon Solar Cells. Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 120(29) pp. 15648-15656.
    [10.1021/acs.jpcc.5b08056] [Scopus]
  • Batmunkh, M., Shearer, C.J., Biggs, M. and Shapter, J.G. (2016). Solution processed graphene structures for perovskite solar cells. Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 4(7) pp. 2605-2616.
    [Scopus]
  • Gao, G., Yu, L., Vinu, A., Shapter, J.G., Batmunkh, M., Shearer, C.J., et al. (2016). Synthesis of ultra-long hierarchical ZnO whiskers in a hydrothermal system for dye-sensitised solar cells. RSC Advances, 6(111) pp. 109406-109413.
  • Jones, D.B., Chen, X., Sibley, A.J., Quinton, J.S., Shearer, C.J., Gibson, C.T., et al. (2016). Plasma enhanced vortex fluidic device manipulation of graphene oxide. Chemical Communications, 52(71) pp. 10755-10758.
    [10.1039/c6cc04032b] [Scopus]
  • Stapleton, A.J., Yambem, S., Johns, A.H., Gibson, C.T., Shearer, C.J., Ellis, A.V., et al. (2015). Pathway to high throughput, low cost indium-free transparent electrodes. Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 3 pp. 13892-13899.
    [10.1039/c5ta03248b] [Scopus]
  • Larsen, L., Shearer, C., Ellis, A. and Shapter, J. (2015). Solution processed graphene-silicon Schottky junction solar cells. RSC Advances, 5 pp. 38851-38858.
    [10.1039/c5ra03965g] [Scopus]
  • Batmunkh, M., Shearer, C., Biggs, M. and Shapter, J. (2015). Nanocarbons for mesoscopic perovskite solar cells. Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 3(17) pp. 9020-9031.
    [10.1039/C5TA00873E] [Scopus]
  • Yu, L., Tune, D.D., Shearer, C.J. and Shapter, J.G. (2015). Heterojunction Solar Cells Based on Silicon and Composite Films of Graphene Oxide and Carbon Nanotubes. ChemSusChem, 8(17) pp. 2940-2947.
    [10.1002/cssc.201500169] [Scopus]
  • Yu, L., Tune, D.D., Shearer, C.J. and Shapter, J.G. (2015). Application of Polymer Interlayers in Silicon–Carbon Nanotube Heterojunction Solar Cells. ChemNanoMat, 1(2) pp. 115-121.
    [10.1002/cnma.201400005]
  • Tune, D.D., Blanch, A., Shearer, C.J., Moore, K.E., Pfohl, M., Shapter, J.G., et al. (2015). Aligned Carbon Nanotube Thin Films from Liquid Crystal Polyelectrolyte Inks. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 7(46) pp. 25857-25864.
    [10.1021/acsami.5b08212] [Scopus]
  • Yu, L., Tune, D.D., Shearer, C.J. and Shapter, J.G. (2015). Implementation of antireflection layers for improved efficiency of carbon nanotube–silicon heterojunction solar cells. SOLAR ENERGY, 118 pp. 592-599.
    [10.1016/j.solener.2015.06.014] [Scopus]
  • Cherevan, A., Gebhardt, P., Shearer, C., Matsukawa, M., Domen, K. and Eder, D. (2014). Interface engineering in nanocarbon-Ta2O5 hybrid photocatalysts. Energy & Environmental Science, 7(2) pp. 791-796.
    [10.1039/C3EE42558D] [10.1039/c3ee42558d] [Scopus]
  • Shearer, C., Cherevan, A. and Eder, D. (2014). Application and Future Challenges of Functional Nanocarbon Hybrids. Advanced Materials, 26(15) pp. 2295-2318.
    [10.1002/adma.201305254] [Scopus]
  • Shearer, C., Harding, F., Sweetman, M., Shapter, J. and Voelcker, N. (2013). Nanostructured biointerfaces created from carbon nanotube patterned porous silicon films. Surface and Coatings Technology, 224 pp. 49-56.
    [10.1016/j.surfcoat.2013.02.048] [Scopus]
  • Bissett, M., Barlow, A., Shearer, C., Quinton, J. and Shapter, J. (2012). Comparison of carbon nanotube modified electrodes for photovoltaic devices. Carbon, 50(7) pp. 2431-2441.
    [10.1016/j.carbon.2012.01.065] [Scopus]
  • Hughes, Z., Shearer, C., Shapter, J. and Gale, J. (2012). Simulation of Water Transport Through Functionalized Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes (SWCNTs) Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 116 pp. 24943-24953.
    [10.1021/jp307679h] [Scopus]
  • Shearer, C., Fahy, A., Barr, M., Dastoor, P. and Shapter, J. (2012). Improved field emission stability from single-walled carbon nanotubes chemically attached to silicon. Nanoscale Research Letters, 7 pp. 432-1-432-4.
    [10.1186/1556-276X-7-432] [Scopus]
  • Shearer, C., Fahy, A., Barr, M., Moore, K., Dastoor, P.C. and Shapter, J. (2012). Field emission from single-, double-, and multi-walled carbon nanotubes chemically attached to silicon. Journal of Applied Physics, 111(4) pp. 044326-1-044326-8.
    [10.1063/1.3687363] [Scopus]
  • Flavel, B., Sweetman, M., Shearer, C., Shapter, J. and Voelcker, N. (2011). Micropatterned Arrays of Porous Silicon: Toward Sensory Biointerfaces. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 3(7) pp. 2463-2471.
    [10.1021/am2003526] [Scopus]
  • Moore, K., Flavel, B., Shearer, C., Ellis, A. and Shapter, J. (2011). Electrochemistry of polystyrene intercalated vertically aligned single- and double-walled carbon nanotubes on gold electrodes. Electrochemistry Communications, 13(11) pp. 1190-1193.
    [10.1016/j.elecom.2011.08.047] [Scopus]
  • Sweetman, M., Shearer, C., Shapter, J. and Voelcker, N. (2011). Dual Silane Surface Functionalization for the Selective Attachment of Human Neuronal Cells to Porous Silicon. Langmuir, 27(15) pp. 9497-9503.
    [10.1021/la201760w] [Scopus]
  • Constantopoulos, K.T., Shearer, C., Ellis, A.V., Voelcker, N.H. and Shapter, J.G. (2010). Carbon Nanotubes Anchored to Silicon for Device Fabrication. Advanced Materials, 22 pp. 557-571.
    [10.1002/adma.200900945] [Scopus]
  • Velleman, L., Shearer, C., Ellis, A.V., Losic, D., Voelcker, N.H. and Shapter, J.G. (2010). Fabrication of self-supporting porous silicon membranes and tuning transport properties by surface functionalization. Nanoscale, 2 pp. 1756-1761.
    [10.1039/c0nr00284d] [Scopus]
  • Shearer, C.J., Ellis, A.V., Shapter, J.G. and Voelcker, N.H. (2010). Chemically Grafted Carbon Nanotube Surface Coverage Gradients. Langmuir, 26(23) pp. 18468-18475.
    [10.1021/la103497f] [Scopus]
  • Poh, Z., Flavel, B.S., Shearer, C., Shapter, J.G. and Ellis, A.V. (2009). Fabrication and electrochemical behavior of vertically-aligned carbon nanotube electrodes covalently attached to p-type silicon via a thioester linkage. Materials Letters, 63(9-10) pp. 757-760.
    [10.1016/j.matlet.2008.12.043] [Scopus]
  • Shearer, C., Yu, J., O'Donnell, K.M., Thomsen, L., Dastoor, P., Quinton, J.S., et al. (2008). Highly resilient field emission from aligned single-walled carbon nanotube arrays chemically attached to n-type silicon. Journal of Materials Chemistry, 18(47) pp. 5753-5760.
    [10.1039/b811546j] [Scopus]
  • Batmunkh, M., Dadkhah Jazi, M., Shearer, C.J., Biggs, M. and Shapter, J.G. (2016). Incorporation of graphene into SnO 2 photoanodes for dye-sensitized solar cells. Applied Surface Science, 387 pp. 690-697.
    [10.1016/j.apsusc.2016.06.146]
  • Batmunkh, M., Dadkhah Jazi, M., Shearer, C.J., Biggs, M. and Shapter, J.G. (2016). Tin Oxide Light-Scattering Layer for Titania Photoanodes in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells. Energy Technology, 4(8) pp. 959-966.
    [10.1002/ente.201600008]
  • Batmunkh, M., Shearer, C.J., Biggs, M. and Shapter, J.G. (2016). Solution processed graphene structures for perovskite solar cells. Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 4(7) pp. 2605-2616.
    [Scopus]
  • Gao, G., Yu, L., Vinu, A., Shapter, J.G., Batmunkh, M., Shearer, C.J., et al. (2016). Synthesis of ultra-long hierarchical ZnO whiskers in a hydrothermal system for dye-sensitised solar cells. RSC Advances, 6(111) pp. 109406-109413.
  • Yu, L., Shearer, C.J. and Shapter, J.G. (2016). Recent Development of Carbon Nanotube Transparent Conductive Films. Chemical Reviews, 116(22) pp. 13413-13453.
  • Larsen, L.J., Shearer, C.J., Ellis, A.V. and Shapter, J.G. (2016). Optimization and Doping of Reduced Graphene Oxide–Silicon Solar Cells. Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 120(29) pp. 15648-15656.
    [10.1021/acs.jpcc.5b08056] [Scopus]
  • Sader, J.E., Borgani, R., Gibson, C.T., Haviland, D.B., Higgins, M.J., Kilpatrick, J.I., et al. (2016). A virtual instrument to standardise the calibration of atomic force microscope cantilevers. Review of Scientific Instruments, 87(9) pp. 093711-1-093711-14.
  • Shearer, C.J., Slattery, A.D., Stapleton, A.J., Shapter, J.G. and Gibson, C.T. (2016). Accurate thickness measurement of graphene. Nanotechnology, 27(125704)
    [Scopus]
  • Slattery, A.D., Shearer, C.J., Gibson, C.T., Shapter, J.G., Lewis, D.A. and Stapleton, A.J. (2016). Carbon nanotube modified probes for stable and high sensitivity conductive atomic force microscopy. Nanotechnology, 27(47) pp. 475708-1-475708-8.
  • Jones, D.B., Chen, X., Sibley, A.J., Quinton, J.S., Shearer, C.J., Gibson, C.T., et al. (2016). Plasma enhanced vortex fluidic device manipulation of graphene oxide. Chemical Communications, 52(71) pp. 10755-10758.
    [10.1039/c6cc04032b] [Scopus]

Professional and community engagement

Member of the Australian Nanotechnology Network (ANN)

Member Chartered Chemist of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI)

Expertise for media contact

Subject Titles

  • Nanotechnology

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