Dr Jeffrey James Black

Dr Jeffrey James Black

School of Chemistry

Jeffrey completed their B.Sc (Hons) in Nanotechnology and PhD in Chemistry at UNSW, during which time they developed a pasion for education through their participation in the Teaching Fellowship program. After their PhD they continued to teach and research at UNSW including working on course design, contributing to the redesign of several high year labs, and the restructuring of the first Year theory content.

At UNSW they are now focussed on modernising chemical education, by the introduction of self-paced online learning modules, assessments with automatic targetted feedback, and high stakes digitial assessment. In addition, they have a secondary research interest in sustainability, focusing on the use of ionic liquids to improve sustainability, such as by replacing fossil fuels derived products.

Room 133, Level 1, Dalton Building (F12)


  • Journal articles | 2018
    Black JJ; Dolan A; Harper JB; Aldous L, 2018, 'Kamlet-Taft solvent parameters, NMR spectroscopic analysis and thermoelectrochemistry of lithium-glyme solvate ionic liquids and their dilute solutions', Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, vol. 20, pp. 16558 - 16567, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c8cp02527d
    Journal articles | 2018
    Black JJ; Harper JB; Aldous L, 2018, 'Temperature effect upon the thermoelectrochemical potential generated between lithium metal and lithium ion intercalation electrodes in symmetric and asymmetric battery arrangements', Electrochemistry Communications, vol. 86, pp. 153 - 156, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.elecom.2017.12.005
    Journal articles | 2017
    Wu J; Black JJ; Aldous L, 2017, 'Thermoelectrochemistry using conventional and novel gelled electrolytes in heat-to-current thermocells', Electrochimica Acta, vol. 225, pp. 482 - 492, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.electacta.2016.12.152
    Journal articles | 2017
    Aldous L; Black JJ; Elias MC; Gélinas B; Rochefort D, 2017, 'Enhancing thermoelectrochemical properties by tethering ferrocene to the anion or cation of ionic liquids: Altered thermodynamics and solubility', Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, vol. 19, pp. 24255 - 24263, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c7cp04322h
    Journal articles | 2016
    Anari EHB; Romano M; Teh WX; Black JJ; Jiang E; Chen J; To TQ; Panchompoo J; Aldous L, 2016, 'Substituted ferrocenes and iodine as synergistic thermoelectrochemical heat harvesting redox couples in ionic liquids', Chemical Communications, vol. 52, pp. 745 - 748, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c5cc05889a
    Journal articles | 2016
    Black JJ; Murphy T; Atkin R; Dolan A; Aldous L, 2016, 'The thermoelectrochemistry of lithium-glyme solvate ionic liquids: Towards waste heat harvesting', Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, vol. 18, pp. 20768 - 20777, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c6cp02255c
    Journal articles | 2016
    Al Maimani M; Black JJ; Aldous L, 2016, 'Achieving pseudo-‘n-type p-type’ in-series and parallel liquid thermoelectrics using all-iron thermoelectrochemical cells with opposite Seebeck coefficients', Electrochemistry Communications, vol. 72, pp. 181 - 185, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.elecom.2016.10.001
    Journal articles | 2015
    Lau BBY; Luis ET; Hossain MM; Hart WES; Cencia-Lay B; Black JJ; To TQ; Aldous L, 2015, 'Facile, room-temperature pre-treatment of rice husks with tetrabutylphosphonium hydroxide: Enhanced enzymatic and acid hydrolysis yields', Bioresource Technology, vol. 197, pp. 252 - 259, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biortech.2015.08.056
    Journal articles | 2015
    Alzahrani HAH; Black JJ; Goonetilleke D; Panchompoo J; Aldous L, 2015, 'Combining thermogalvanic corrosion and thermogalvanic redox couples for improved electrochemical waste heat harvesting', Electrochemistry Communications, vol. 58, pp. 76 - 79, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.elecom.2015.06.007




Currently their main research focus in on chemistry education, including modernising teaching and assessment practices and students perception of such changes. Additionally, they are researching using ionic liquids as sustainable replacements to fossil fuel derived lubricants.

Jeffrey currently teaches accross first year chemistry, and into higher years with a focus on analytical chemistry. Courses they currently teach are: