Catalytic Materials

Catalysis lies at the heart of modern materials technology efforts to design efficient and sustainable energy and carbon cycles. New catalytic materials based on manipulation of nanoscale structure; selective doping / functionalization and novel synthetic techniques are opening up a vast array of possibilities for achieving fundamentally important objectives such as solar-assisted water splitting, carbon dioxide capture or reductive transformation to short chain hydrocarbons; the oxygen reduction reaction and hydrogen evolution reaction for fuel cells; and photocatalytic degradation of organic pollutants in air or water. Computational strategies are integrated with synthetic and characterization efforts to accelerate the design of new catalytic materials for selected target applications where the collaborative teams at UNSW have critical mass and strength.