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Research Associate Dr Boyang Mao is currently a Research Associate at Cambridge Graphene Centre, Department of Engineering. He holds degrees in Polymer Science and Technology (B.Eng, Beijing University of Chemical Technology), Nanomaterials (MRes, Imperial College London) and Chemistry (PhD, University of Bath). Before moving to Cambridge, he was a postdoctoral fellow at National Graphene Institute, The University of Manchester, worked with Prof Sir Konstantin Novoselov (The Nobel Prize in Physics 2010). His research vision is to address energy and environmental challenges using novel solutions based on advanced materials. For his previous researches, besides the fundamental studies of two-dimensional (2D) materials, he exploited 2D materials into lithium ion batteries, fuel cells and biosensors. He has also explored graphene-based structures for flexible antennas and electromagnetic shielding components and applied exfoliated 2D materials in heavy metal detection/removal and pollution control. As part of his postdoctoral research, he aims to develop novel, flexible thermoelectric generators based on exfoliated two-dimensional materials to provide power for integrated wearable and autonomous devices/sensors by harvesting a user’s body heat to achieve ‘energy autonomy’.