Aditya Rawal completed his PhD in Chemistry at the Iowa State University in 2007 and joined the Mark Wainwright Analytical Centre at UNSW in 2012. His research expertise is in elucidating the molecular structure of materials by solid-state NMR spectroscopy. In the past he has mainly worked on biomaterials, organic-inorganic hybrid materials and nanocomposites. Over the years, Aditya’s research has developed into characterising the structure of condensed carbon materials derived by different pyrolytic, hydrothermal and solvo-thermal processes. These materials have direct usage in metallurgical, agricultural and energy storage applications.