Our group is world leading in the synthesis of the highest performing nanoparticle catalysts and medical imaging agents.

Our synthesis expertise allows us to engineer complex nanoparticle catalysts that with atomic level precision.

As Director of the Electron Microscope Unit you will use state-of-the-art electron microscopes that are the best in Australia to characterise cutting edge nanoparticles.


Recent selected publications: 

  1. Poerwoprajitno, A. R. et al. Faceted Branched Nickel Nanoparticles with Tunable Branch Length for High Activity Biomass Oxidation Electrocatalysis. Angew. Chemie Int. Ed. (2020) doi:10.1002/anie.202005489.
  2. Alinezhad, A. et al. Controlling Pt Crystal Defects on the Surface of Ni–Pt Core–Shell Nanoparticles for Active and Stable Electrocatalysts for Oxygen Reduction. ACS Appl. Nano Mater. (2020) doi:10.1021/acsanm.0c01159.
  3. Myekhlai, M. et al. Increasing the Formation of Active Sites on Highly Crystalline Co Branched Nanoparticles for Improved Oxygen Evolution Reaction Electrocatalysis. ChemCatChem 12, 3126–3131 (2020).
  4. Chen, H.-S. et al. Preserving the Exposed Facets of Pt 3 Sn Intermetallic Nanocubes During an Order to Disorder Transition Allows the Elucidation of the Effect of the Degree of Alloy Ordering on Electrocatalysis. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 142, 3231–3239 (2020).
  5. Gloag, L. et al. Zero valent iron core–iron oxide shell nanoparticles as small magnetic particle imaging tracers. Chem. Commun. 56, 3504–3507 (2020).

Group leader

Prof. Richard Tilley co-leads the Smart Materials and Surfaces research group.