Over the past decade, the transition to renewable clean energy has been increasingly viewed as crucial to meet the rising global energy demand in a sustainable manner.

With Australia receiving the highest solar radiation per area globally, photoelectrocatalysis offers an opportunity to secure the direct conversion of solar energy into a usable form of chemical energy (e.g., hydrogen). Despite the advantages of photoelectrochemical water splitting (i.e., hydrogen and oxygen generation), the production cost of hydrogen remains high due to low solar-to-hydrogen efficiency.

School

Chemical Engineering

Research Area

Catalysis | Material Science

Key features of the research environment include:

  • The opportunity to work in Particles and Catalysis Research Group (PartCat) and the ARC Global Hydrogen Economy Training Centre (GlobH2E) with well-equipped laboratories and experimental facilities for photoelectrocatalysis research under the guidance of A/Prof. Jason Scott. 
  • Work in a multidisciplinary research environment across the School of Chemical Engineering and the School of Material Sciences and Engineering with opportunity to learn various functional skills (i.e., professional development, outreach work, and mentoring) to facilitate a future career in academia or industry.

The student is expected to gain experience in hands-on thin film preparation, ferroelectric modifications, advanced characterizations and photoelectrochemical measurements.

The project will also allow the student to engage with other research students to gain valuable interdisciplinary experience. 

  1. Nanoscale Horiz., 2020, 5, 1174-1187