3D Ordered macroporous Perovskite materials: an approach for catalytic applications

Three-dimensionally ordered macroporous (3DOM) with tunable pore geometry, functionality and nanostructured materials are increasingly important for advanced applications such as electrode materials for batteries, fuel cells, and supercapacitors, sorbents, supports for many important catalytic processes, templates for the preparation of other nanostructured inorganic materials, photonic waveguides, and so on. They are often exposed to a variety of harsh environments and experience detrimental morphological changes as a result. Our recent theoretical and experimental studies have suggested that precious metals supported on perovskite-type oxides (ABO3) with well-ordered porous networks. This project seeks to investigate the effects of the particle physicochemical properties, preparation, characterization, and catalytic methane combustion activities of 3DOM Perovskite mixed oxides. Perovskite-type oxides, ABO3, in which A is usually an alkaline earth or lanthanide metal ion and B a transition-metal ion, are well-known catalytic materials due to their interesting properties, such as good redox ability, accessibility, and coke resistance.

DOM perovskite project

We are looking for a highly motivated, well organized, and enthusiastic person interested in our area of research, who is ready to explore new avenues in science. The candidate should have a high degree of independency but should also show a collaborative approach to research and be able to work productively in a team. Experience with laboratory work in materials synthesis and previous work with their characterizations or reactivity tests are of great advantage, although relevant training will be provided.

International candidate needs to have obtained a Master Degree (or equivalent) in one of the following fields: chemical engineering, chemistry, industrial chemistry or materials science. Local candidate should ideally possess a 1st class honours level degree in related discipline. The candidate will work within the Particle & Catalysis Research Group under the supervision of Dr. Hamid Arandiyan and Prof. Rose Amal. For more information please contact Prof. Rose Amal (r.amal@unsw.edu.au


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