Energy Storage and Catalysis
Research in energy storage and catalysts involves developing cost-effective, industry-relevant materials and catalysts for enhanced energy generation, storage and conversion.
Our research in the area of energy storage and catalysts is particularly focused on:
- materials design and synthesis in relation to renewable energy
- nanostructured materials for high-performance batteries and supercapacitors
- low-cost non-precious metal and metal-free electrocatalysts for fuel-cells and hydrogen production.
We also have an interest in developing:
- catalyst material for green ammonia production and electroreducing CO2 to fuels and chemicals
- materials for solar-fuel generation, bio-catalysis and heterocatalysis
- computational-chemistry-based theories for electrocatalytic energy conversion processes.
Our Energy Storage and Catalysts’ researchers aim to:
- achieve accurate materials design for energy conversion and storage purposes
- understand and link materials’ apparent catalytic performance to their intrinsic properties, such as molecular structure and chemical composition
- generate value-added green products.
Our work regularly achieves significant real-world impact. This includes through such achievements as developing:
- higher-performance battery materials
- more efficient renewable-energy-generation materials and solutions
- a nanomaterials knowledge bank.
Strong industry links
Our research ultimately benefits a significant range of industries, but is of immediate relevance to businesses and organisations working in or with:
- renewable energy storage
- green ammonia production
- hydrogen production
- fuel cells
- CO2-derived green chemicals.
We advise on, contribute to and lead, projects relating to:
- materials analysis and testing
- characterising materials
- building molecular models for materials and simulating their behaviour when performing different functions.
We have expertise across a wide range of areas. Many of our researchers are available to assist with research project supervision for Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy students.
We collaborate with various industry and government organisations, including:
- Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland (USA)
- Curtin University of Technology
- Flinders University
- Harbin Institute of Technology (China)
- Institute of Process Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing (China)
- Kent State University (USA)
- Kumamoto University (Japan)
- Max-Plank Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Potsdam (Germany)
- Monash University
- Nanjing Tech University (China)
- Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)
- National Institute for Materials Science, Tsukuba (Japan)
- Newcastle University (UK)
- Seoul National University (South Korea)
- Shanghai Jiao-Tong University (China)
- Stanford University (USA)
- Surrey University, Guildford (UK)
- Technische Universitaet Dresden (Germany)
- The University of Western Ontario, London (Canada)
- Tianjin University (China)
- Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (South Korea)
- University College London (UK)
- University of New South Wales
- University of Queensland
- University of South Australia
- University of Technology Sydney
- University of Western Ontario, London (Canada)
- University of Wollongong
To enquire about consulting or working with us on a research project, please contact: