Associate Professor Zhongfan Jia

Associate Professor in Chemistry

College of Science and Engineering

place Physical Sciences (347)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Dr. Zhongfan Jia received his Ph.D. degree in polymer chemistry and physics from Fudan University, China, in 2007. He then took a postdoc position in the Centre for Advanced Macromolecular Design (CAMD) at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and worked with Prof. Tom Davis, where he developed RAFT-generated polymers for bioconjugation and biomedical applications. In 2009, he was awarded the UQ Postdoctoral Research Fellowship and moved to the University of Queensland, where he has been continuously collaborating with Prof. Michael Monteiro in the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN). In 2013, Zhongfan was awarded an ARC Future Fellow (2014-2017) and appointed as an Associate Group Leader in AIBN. In 2017, he was awarded an Advanced Queensland Industry Fellow (2018-2020). Before joining in Flinders University, Zhongfan was a Lecturer in Chemistry at the University of New England (2019).

Group website:

  • Associate Professor in Chemistry, Flinders University (2023-)
  • Senior Lecturer in Chemistry, Flinders University (2020-2022)
  • Lecturer in Chemistry, University of New England (2019)
  • Advance Queensland Industry Fellow, University of Queensland (2018-2020)
  • ARC Future Fellow and Associate Group Leader, University of Queensland (2014-2017)
  • PhD in Polymer Chemistry and Physics, Fudan University (2007)
  • BEng in Polymer Science and Engineering, QUST (2001)
Honours, awards and grants
  • 2023-2026 ARC Discovery Project "Folding polymers for high-performance energy storage"
  • 2023-2026 ARC Discovery Project "Unusual trisulfide chemistry"
  • 2023 ARC LIEF (LE230100168) "Materials for Sustainability Analysis Facility"
  • 2021 ARC LIEF (LE210100139) "Revitalizing facilities for nuclear magnetic resonance in South Australia"
  • 2017 Advance Queensland Industry Fellow, Queensland Government, and UQ
  • 2015 Foundation Research Excellent Award, UQ
  • 2013 ARC Future Fellow, ARC
  • 2011 “Scientific and Technical Award" Shanghai Municipal Government, China
  • 2011 “Science and Technology Progress Award" Ministry of Education, China
  • 2011 UQ Trans-Pacific Fellowship
  • 2010 UQ Early Career Researcher Award
  • 2008 UQ Postdoc Fellow (competitive UQ scheme)
  • 2008 “Excellent PhD Thesis Award of Shanghai, China" top 3% in Shanghai, China
  • 2007 “Outstanding Graduate Award" (<10% of total graduates), Fudan University
  • 2006 “Dow Chemical Award" Dow Chemical Company, R&D Centre in Shanghai
Topic coordinator
CHEM3712 Polymer Science and Technology
Topic lecturer
CHEM3712 Introduction to Polymer Science
CHEM1101 Chemical Structure and Bonding
CHEM1102 Modern Chemsitry
CHEM3702 Inorganic and Organometallic Chemistry
CHEM1010 Chemistry A
Supervisory interests
Functional polymeric materials
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Energy storage (2)
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