Rosalind Gummow’s work has focussed on the fundamental understanding of the relationship between crystallographic structure and electrochemical properties of lithium transition metal oxides.  This understanding underpins the intelligent design and optimization of energy materials, with practical application in devices like lithium-ion batteries.  She has been involved in the development of lithium transition metal oxides for application as lithium-ion battery cathodes since the early 1990’s when rechargeable lithium-ion battery technology was first established.  Examples of her work include: the first reported preparation of a quasi-spinel LT-LiCoO2, stabilization of the LiMn2O4 spinel framework by partial substitution of Mn cations with Li,Mn,Zn or Al, and the development of the Li4Ti5O12/Li1+xMn2-xO4 electrode couple while working with Argonne National Laboratory Distinguished Fellow Dr Michael Thackeray at the CSIR in South Africa. This work has resulted in 13 patents, several of which have been commercialized internationally.  The stabilized spinel compounds form a significant part of the batteries that were used in first generation Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf vehicles.

Rosalind arrived in Australia in 2008 in the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences where, together with Prof. Yinghe He, she continued her work on lithium-ion battery cathode development.  Recent work has focussed on materials with the potential for a greater than one electron change per transition metal cation with cycling, leading to high capacity electrodes, the development of catalysts for oxygen and hydrogen evolution and multivalent ion battery systems. 



  • Building links between academics and industry professionals in the Li-ion battery industry in Australia
  • Commercial development and production of electrode materials for Li-ion batteries
  • Structure-property relationships in materials
  • Nanomaterials for energy storage
  • Novel, high-energy density electode materials for energy storage
  • Problem-based learning
  • 2018 to present - Technical Advisor, VSPC Ltd. (Brisbane)
  • 2013 to 2022 - Adjunct Research Fellow, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2008 to 2013 - Researcher, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 1989 to 1994 - Research Officer, Battery Technology Unit, Division of Materials Science and Technology, CSIR (South Africa)
  • 1984 to 1988 - Research Officer, Properties of Materials Group, Division of Materials Science and Technology, CSIR (South Africa)
  • 2011 - CSIR, Materials Science and Manufacturing Alumni Member as a Specialist in Materials Science and Manufacturing
  • 2011 - Faculty of Science and Engineering Research Award as a Member of the Materials Research Group
  • 2020 - Director and Founding Member of the Australian Battery Society
  • 2012 - Royal Australian Chemical Institute Chartered Chemist
  • 2008 - Electrochemical Society, USA
  • 2018 - Co-chair of the Organising Committee for the International Meeting on Lithium Batteries Sydney 2022
  • 2018 - Co-chair of successful bid committee for the International Meeting for Lithium Batteries to be held in Sydney in 2022.
  • 2013 - Co-chair of Organizing committee of the International Battery Association Meeting 2014

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