Conversion of CO2 to Fuels with Renewable Electricity and Earth Abundant Catalysts

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The project aims to develop highly efficient catalysts based on low-cost metals and carbon materials for electrochemical reduction of CO2 to fuels. Novel electrocatalysts will be prepared by selectively co-doping transition metals (Fe or Ni) and nitrogen on carbon-based nanostructures including graphene, carbon nanotubes and graphitic carbon nitride. The fundamental relationships between structure/composition of catalysts and electrode activity/kinetics will be understood, and a prototype CO2 electrolyser will be demonstrated. The catalyst innovation from this project will provide new perspective in addressing the grand environmental challenge of CO2 emission and the pursuit of sustainable chemical and energy conversion technologies.

To be considered for the Scientia PhD Scholarship, the ideal candidate should meet the following selection criteria:

  1. Established a strong sense of responsibility and demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively as a part of the research team;
  2. Demonstrated outstanding research performance relative to the opportunity as measured by research track record;
  3. Developed good oral and written communication skills, with emphasis on the ability to present research outcomes;
  4. Demonstrated ability to understand and operate basic analytical instruments for physical, chemical and electrochemical characterisations;
  5. Experience in the synthesis and characterisation of nanomaterials, particularly carbon-based nanostructures, is highly desired;
  6. Experience in the electrochemical CO2 reduction and in gas chromatography is highly desired.
Supervisory team
Chuan
Zhao

Science
Chemistry
Stephen
Colbran

Science
Chemistry
Xianjue
Chen

Science
Chemistry
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chuan.zhao@unsw.edu.au