Catalytic Nano-Frameworks for Renewable Energy Fuel Cells

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PROJECT DESCRIPTION

This project aims to develop an entirely new method to make a new class of nanomaterials, 3D Catalytic Frameworks that will unlock the full potential of nanoparticles catalysts. Using an innovative synthetic strategy we will directly grow metal nanorods onto nanoparticles to make 3D sponge-like structures. Direct bonding between metals will give high conductivity, a porous structure will give high surface area and well-defined facets make the superstructures will be excellent electrocatalysts. The superstructures will be used as electrocatalysts for the oxygen evolution reaction for renewable energy storage as a replacement for fossil fuels.

IDEAL CANDIDATE

The ideal candidate should have a passion for energy materials and making new and improved electrocatalysts for fuel cells for renewable energies.The candidate will have a background in chemistry or materials science. They will have experience in the synthesis of new nanomaterials, with solution phase synthesis being an advantage. They will be familiar with characterising nanomaterials using a range of techniques including electron microscopy. They will have an interest and experience in catalysis and especially eletrocatalysis.
Supervisory team
Richard
Tilley

Science
Chemistry
Da-Wei
Wang

Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Soshan
Cheong

Mark Wainwright Analytical Centre
Other
r.tilley@unsw.edu.au