Enabling high-efficiency storage of solar energy through advanced materials science

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Storing solar energy so it can be used on demand is critical for allowing increased use of renewable energy sources. One promising approach is hydrogen generation by water splitting using photoelectrochemical cells exposed to sunlight, but current electrode materials have significant problems, including low efficiencies and high costs. Developing inexpensive photoelectrodes that can generate hydrogen efficiently using solar energy is a major challenge in materials science. Nanoscale interfaces between materials can produce unique properties not achievable in bulk materials. In this project, such interfaces will be constructed and analysed at the nanoscale using computational, microscopy and synchrotron methods.

The ideal candidate should have a strong background in chemistry, physics or materials science. They should have good communication skills, be independent, and enjoy problem solving and collaborating with others. Experience is highly desirable in at least one of (1) computational chemistry or materials science (e.g. density functional theory), (2) thin film fabrication and characterisation (e.g. pulsed laser deposition, electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, spectroscopy), or (3) synchrotron analysis methods.

Supervisory team
Judy
Hart

Science
Materials Science & Engineering
Nagarajan
Valanoor

Science
Materials Science & Engineering
Nick
Bedford

Engineering
Chemical Engineering
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j.hart@unsw.edu.au