Nicolo Canever

Nicolò Canever is a PhD student in the Nann group. After obtaining his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Chemistry from the Universities of Venice and Padua (Italy) respectively, he moved to New Zealand to join the research group in February 2016. His previous research experiences include organic synthesis, supramolecular catalysis, and graphene materials functionalization.

His current project involves the development of nanofibrous materials for new generation battery devices.

In his spare time, he enjoys surfing, hiking, working out, and trying new foods. If he feels inspired enough, he might try cooking them too! 

His project involves the fabrication of inorganic nanofibrous materials via electrospinning, and their implementations as various components of Aluminium-ion batteries. Aluminium represents a very attractive alternative to lithium as anode material, thanks to its low cost, high safety, high theoretical voltage and specific energy.


Electrospinning is a materials fabrication technique which uses a strong applied electric field to quickly and easily obtain polymeric and inorganic nanofibers with high aspect ratio and sub-micrometre diameters. Nanofibrous materials show superior electronic properties compared to their corresponding bulk materials. This technique is therefore well suited for advanced energy applications such as batteries.

Thomas Nann Research group

University of Newcastle, Australia
Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand