Nanostructured Earth-Abundant Electrocatalysts for Efficient Solar Hydrogen Generation

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PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Unprecedented global energy demand and climate change have spawned broad-based efforts for developing hydrogen as sustainable clean energy carriers. Led by world-leading experts from UNSW and ANU, this project aims to develop efficient stable electrocatalysts based on low cost, Earth abundant materials for efficient solar water splitting for hydrogen production. The project involves the synthesis of robust non-precious-metal based binary (e.g. NiFe) or ternary nanocatalysts to drive water electrolysis at high efficiencies. These catalysts will then be combined with perovskite solar cells developed at ANU to demonstrate a state-of the-art photovoltaic-electrolysis cell for solar hydrogen production at a record efficiency.

IDEAL CANDIDATE

To be considered for the Scientia PhD Scholarship, the ideal candidate should meet the following selection criteria:
1. Established a strong sense of responsibility and demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively as a part of the interdisciplinary research team;
2. Demonstrated outstanding research performance relative to the opportunity as measured by research track record;
3. Developed good oral and written communication skills, with emphasis on the ability to present and communicate research outcomes;
4. Knowledge and experience in electrochemistry and energy research are highly desired;
5. Experience in the synthesis and characterisation of nanomaterials is highly desired.
Supervisory team
Chuan
Zhao

Science
Chemistry
Xianjue
Chen

Science
Chemistry
Kylie
Catchpole

Australian National University
ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
xianjue.chen@unsw.edu.au