Low cost catalyst for next-generation fuel cells

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PROJECT DESCRIPTION

The world is currently in the midst of the energy transition moving away from fuels with a high carbon intensity. Hydrogen, generated by clean solar and wind energy, is expected to play an important role in a low carbon future as it can be easily stored and transported and converted back to electricity when and where needed. The conversion of hydrogen to electricity via fuel cells currently requires the use of platinum as a catalyst. In this project, you will combine computational material science and material synthesis to develop low-cost, sustainable catalysts with superior properties for next-generation fuel cells.

IDEAL CANDIDATE

The ideal candidate for this project is passionate about contributing to the transition to a low-carbon future. Ideally, the candidate has a strong background in material science, chemistry or physics, and experience or interest in first-principle modelling. Experience with material synthesis (e.g., chemical vapour deposition, atomic layer deposition, pulsed laser deposition) and analysis would also be preferred. The candidate should be a team player and have good scientific communication skills.
Supervisory team
Bram
Hoex

Engineering
Photovoltaic & Renewable Energy Engineering
Patrick
Burr

Engineering
Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications
Md. Anower
Hossain

Engineering
Photovoltaic & Renewable Energy Engineering
b.hoex@unsw.edu.au