Thesis title

Subsequent position (last known)

Dr Graeme Bushell


Studying the primary particle polydispersity in fractal aggregates

Senior Lecturer, School of Chemical Engineering, UNSW

Dr Donia Friedman (nee Beydoun)


The development of a novel magnetic photocatalyst: preparation, characterisation and implication for organic degradation in aqueous system

Research Scientist, Dupont Titanium Technologies

Mr Isaac Tsui


The dewatering of coal slurry

Process Manager at SITA, Australia

Dr Jing Guan


Implications of floc structure to solid-liquid separation processes in waste water treatment

Research Fellow, School of Civil Engineering, UNSW

Dr Daniel Woodfield


Aggregate behaviour in Hydrocyclones

Climate Strategy and Analysis at Rio Tinto                                                       

Dr Ken Chiang


Catalysts for the photocatalytic remediation of toxic cyanidation waste

Research Project Leader, Gas Processing and Conversion Division, CSIRO

Dr Metta Penpolcharoen


Titania Coated Hematite Particles


Prof. Cordelia Selomulya


Development of an integrated model to assess system performance in solid-liquid separation

Professor, Dept of Chemical Engineering, Monash University.

Dr Veronica Vamathevan


The role of silver deposits on titania in the photocatalytic oxidation of organics in aqueous media.

National Measurement Institute, Australia

Dr Kevin Foong


Floc formation in acidic beverages produced from cane sugar

National Product Manager, Malcolm Thompson Pumps

A/Prof. Timothy Tan


Photocatalytic reduction of selenate and selenite: Water/Wastewater treatment and the formation of nanoselenium compounds

Associate Professor, School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, NTU, Singapore

Dr Sarah Grundy (nee Watson)


Optimising the preparation of a novel magnetic photocatalyst

Senior Project Manager, James Hardie Building products

Dr Cheryl Halim


Investigating the leaching of heavy metals from cementitious waste and contaminated soil – assessing the applicability of standard leaching procedures

Associate Environmental Engineer, Coffey Environments Pty Ltd.

Dr May Lim


Computational and physical modelling of floc behaviour in a vortex separator

Lecturer, School of Chemical Engineering, UNSW

Dr Peter Marsh


Simulation of orthokinetic aggregation


Dr Nu Vi Nguyen


Photoreduction of Cadmium and Other Heavy Metals in Waters Using Photocatalysis

Division Director at Vietnam Agency for Radiation and Nuclear Safety

Mr Nguyen Hoang Tran


Effect of Nanosize Metal Deposits on Titanium Dioxide Photocatalysts


Dr Mandalena Hermawan


An Experimental Study of the Relationship between Floc Properties and Sediment Compaction

Research Manager, ARC Centre of Excellence of Functional Nanomaterials, School of Chem. Eng, UNSW

Dr Sai Wei Lam


Photocatalysis Degradation of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals and the Effect of Dissolved Metal Ions

Senior Process Engineer at Midwest Vanadium Pty Ltd

Dr Cissilia Djongkah


Effect of Pt and Ag Metals to the Degradation of Trichloroethylene, Etylene, Ethane, and Toluene by Gas Phase Photocatalysis

Environmental Engineer, Coffey Environments Pty

Assoc Prof. Wey Yang Teoh


Flame Spray Synthesis of Catalyst Nanoparticles for Photocatalytic Mineralisation of Organics and Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis

Assoc Professor, School of Energy and Environment, City University of Hong Kong

Dr Julie Glasscock


Nanostructured Materials for Photoelectrochemical Hydrogen Production using Sunlight

Research Fellow, Technical University Denmark

Dr Wee Yong Gan


Synthesis of Synthesis of Mesoporous TiO2 Thin Films for Environmental Remediation

Process Engineer, Chevron Energy, Australia

Mr Woon Shin Law


Synthesis of Nanostructured Materials for Self-Cleaning and Solar Energy Application

Plant Engineer at Agro-TechNPK, Malaysia

Dr Dan Li


Functionalisation of Magnetic Particles for Bioseparation

Chevron Energy, Australia

Dr Sanly Liu


Advanced Oxidation Processes for the Removal of Natural Organic Matter

Australian Postdoctoral Research Fellow, ARC Centre of Excellence for Functional Nanomaterials, School of Chemical Engineering, UNSW

Dr Richard Kydd


Metal Oxide Nanoparticle Catalysts

Senior Associate, Partners in Performance, Management Consulting, Sydney

Ms Soo Li Lee


Gas phase photocatalysis


Dr Andrew Sim


Hydrogen Generatin from Methane Decomposition


Dr Frans Denny


Development and Optimisation of a Novel Optical Fibre Photoreactor for Photocatalytic Applications


Dr Kho Yung Kent


Design of novel nanocomposites by flame spray pyrolysis for water splitting & environmental remediation

Engineer, Parson Birchenhoff

Dr Maria Arsianti


Preparation and Functionalisation of Magnetic Nanoparticles for Gene Delivery Applications

Process Engineer, Metal-Ardagh Group, ANZ

Dr Ian Goon


Preparation and Functionalisation of Magnetic Gold Nanoparticles for Biomedical Applications

Boston Consulting

Mr Nicholas Bell


Anchoring TiO2 Nanoparticles on Graphene Sheets for Photocatalytic Light Energy Conversion


Dr Kunlanan Kiatkittipong


Metal Oxide Support Morphology Effects on the Water-Gas-Shift Reaction

Lecturer, School of Chemical Engineering, King Mongkut University, Thailand

Dr Yun Jung Ho


Flexible Hybrid Solar Cells Using CuInS2 on TiO2 Nanotubes Array

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Queensland

Dr. Charlene Ng


Synthesis of tungsten oxide for solar energy conversion and water splitting applications

Postdoctoral Fellow, ARC Centre of Excellence for Functional Nanomaterials, School of Chemical Engineering, UNSW

Dr Li Yarong


Speciation and microbial transformation of chromium, arsenic and mercury in municipal landfill leachate

Team Leader, Chemical Forensics, Environmental Protection Science Branch, Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH)

Dr Roslyn Tedja


The impact of titanium dioxide nanoparticles on human lung cell lines in vitro

Postdoctoral Researcher, EnGeneic Cancer Research Foundation

Dr Esther Kok


The influence of alumina Supported Cobalt Catalysts on Synthetic Fuel Production

Scientist I, Institute of Chemical and Engineering Sciences, A Star, Singapore

Dr Hilda Wiogo


Design and Theoretical Studies of Magnetite Nanoparticles Stability in Biological Media

Lecturer, IPH School, Surabaya

Dr Wenny Irawaty


Insights into photocatalytic Oxidation by Bare and Platinised TiO2: the Impact of Adding Hydroxyl Functional Groups to Butanedioic Acid and Propanol

Lecturer, School of Chemical Engineering, Universitas of Widya Mandala, Surabaya

Dr Mega Ng


Development of strategic and integrated approaches to address different organic removal techniques and the impact of variability in water characteristics for drinking water treatment processes

Assistant Scientist, Office of Environment and Heritage (NSW)

Dr Peng Wang


Anodized Cuprous Oxide Photocathodes for Solar Energy Conversion

Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Wyoming

Dr Yiming Tang


Photoactive Sulfide Materials

Lecturer, South China Normal Uiversity, Guangzhou, China

Dr Minsu Jung


Photoactive copper based TiO2 nanomaerials for hydrogen evolution

NRF Research Fellow, Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology

Dr Fenglong Wang


TiO2-based Nanocomposites for Photocatalytic Hydrogen Generation Applications: Materials Synthesis, Applications and Mechanism studies

Researcher, Kyoto University

Dr Ayu Liana Ekajayanthi


Controlled Fabrication of Bacteriophage Based Interfaces: Understanding and Applications

Entrepreneur, Jakarta, Indonesia

Dr Vita Wonoputri


Development of Copper Based Material System for Generating Nitric Oxide to Control Nitrifying Bacterial Biofilms

Lecturer, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia

Dr Ee Teng Kho


Capturing the attributes of reducible oxides for steam reforming and methanation reactions

Educational Technologies, UNSW

Dr Tan Tze Hao


De-coupling Thermal and Photo-Illumination Effects Induced by Hybrid Semiconductor-Plasmonic Catalysts during Oxidative and Reductive Reactions

ARC Postdoctoral Research Associate, PARTCAT, UNSW

Dr Emma Lovell


Closing the carbon loop: Activating Ni-based catalysts for the carbon dioxide reforming of methane

ARC Postdoctoral Research Associate, PARTCAT, UNSW

Dr Hui Ling Tan


Fundamental understanding on BiVO4 and graphene for water splitting

Postdoctoral Research Associate, PARTCAT, UNSW

Dr Roong Jien Wong


Probing light pre-treatment of Au-based catalysts as a means of promoting catalytic oxygen activation

Postdoctoral Research Associate, PARTCAT, UNSW

Dr Shi Nee Lou


Development of Molybdenum-based oxide for light energy conversion and storage

Research Fellow, Nanyang Technological University

Dr Cameron Fletcher


CO2 as a sustainable feedstock for the production of valuable chemicals: mechanism determination and heterogeneous catalyst development


Dr Sina Moradi


Assessment and modelling of chloramine residual decay in drinking water

Postdoctoral Research Associate, UNSW

Dr Merisa Bestari Faiz




Dr Hoiying Chung




Dr Yunhui Lin




Dr Hendra Wibawa




Dr Yoshi Hao Wu




Dr Xuelian Wu






2014 - 2018

University of New South Wales (UNSW) Sydney, Australia


Ph.D. Candidate of Chemical Engineering

2011 - 2014

Hunan University (HNU), China


Master of Materials Science and Engineering

2007 – 2011

Hunan University (HNU), China


Bachelor of Materials Science and Engineering



Energy conversion and storage devices including redox flow batteries, solid-state batteries, fuel cells and photoelectrochemical cells.


Fundamental study and development of electrolyte, separator and electrode materials.


Mathematic model development of electrochemical and thermal behaviours for electrochemical devices.



Advanced Printing Technology for New Generation Flexible Batteries

            CRC-P project collaborated with Printed Energy and University of Queensland


Iron Flow Batteries

            CRC-P Project collaborated with Fusion Power Systems


All-Vanadium Redox Flow Batteries (VRFBs)

            Project for Doctoral degree under the supervision of Em. Prof. Maria Skyllas-Kazacos and A. Prof Da-Wei Wang


3-D carbonaceous materials for microwave absorption

            Project for Master’s degree under the supervision of Prof. Hongbo Liu and Dr. Li Yang


Graphite Intercalation Compounds

            Project for Bachelor’s degree under the supervision of Dr. Li Yang


Thermosetting resin-based carbon/carbon composite bipolar plates

            Student innovation project under the supervision of Dr. Hui Chen



Liuyue Cao, Maria Skyllas-Kazacos, Da-Wei Wang. Solar Redox Flow Batteries: Mechanism, design and measurement. Advanced Sustainable Systems. 2018, 2,1800031


Liuyue Cao, Maria Skyllas-Kazacos, Chris Menictas, Jens Noack. A review of electrolyte additives and impurities in vanadium redox flow batteries. Journal of Energy Chemistry. 2018, 27:1269-1291.


Yuheng Tian, Kuang-Hsu Wu, Liuyue Cao, Wibawa H. Saputera, Rose Amal, Da-Wei Wang. Unlocking high-potential non-persistent radical chemistry for semi-aqueous redox batteries. Chemical Communication.  2019, 55: 2154-2157.


Liuyue Cao, Maria Skyllas-Kazacos, Da-Wei Wang. Modification based on MoO3 as electrocatalysts for high power density vanadium redox flow batteries. Chemelectrochem. 2017, 4:1836-1839.


Liuyue Cao, Anders Kronander, Ao Tang, Da-Wei Wang, Maria Skyllas-Kazacos. Membrane permeability rates of vanadium ions and their effects on temperature variation in vanadium redox batteries. Energies. 2016, 9: 1058


Liuyue Cao, Maria Skyllas-Kazacos, Da-Wei Wang. Effects of surface pretreatment of glassy carbon on the electrochemical behaviour of V(IV)/V(V) redox reaction. Journal of The Electrochemical Society. 2016, 163: A1164-A1174.


Maria Skyllas-Kazacos, Liuyue Cao, Michael Kazacos, Nadeem Kausar, Asem Mousa. Vanadium electrolyte studies for the vanadium redox battery – a review. ChemSusChem. 2016, 9: 1521-1543.


Liuyue Cao, Maria Skyllas-Kazacos, Da-Wei Wang. Electrode modification and electrocatalysis for redox flow battery (RFB) applications. Energy Storage Science and Technology. 2015, 4: 433-457.


Liuyue Cao, Li Yang, Hongbo Liu, Yuxi Chen, Xiaohong Xia, Haibo Zhao. Investigation of graphite/carbon spiral nanoribbons using FeCl3-CuCl2-graphite intercalation compounds as precursors. Materials Letters. 2013, 108: 196-199.


Liuyue Cao, Maria Skyllas-Kazacos, Chris Menictas, Jens Noack. A review of electrolyte additives and impurities in vanadium redox flow batteries, Journal of Energy Chemistry. 2018,


Liuyue Cao, Da-Wei Wang, Maria Skyllas-Kazacos. (Submitted). Solar redox flow batteries. Advanced Sustainable Systems. 2018, DOI: 10.1002/adsu.201800031



The 3rd Energy Future Conference. Sydney, Australia, 2018. (Poster Presentation)


The International Flow Battery Forum. Manchester, England, 2017. (Oral Presentation)


The 2nd Energy Future Conference. Sydney, Australia, 2015. (Oral Presentation)


The 11th New Carbon Materials Conference. Taiyuan, China. 2013. (Poster Presentation)


The 12th IUMRS International Conference on Advanced Materials. Qingdao, China. 2013. (Poster Presentation)



University International Postgraduate Award, UNSW, Australia, 2014-2018.

National Scholarship for Graduate Students, China, 2013.

Alumni Profile - Professor Cordelia Selomulya


Dr Cordelia Selomulya obtained her PhD degree in Chemical Engineering in 2002 under supervision of Professor Rose Amal and Prof David Waite. Following her PhD graduation, she embarked at RAE-Anglo Australian postdoctoral fellow to join the Institute of Particle Science and Engineering at the University of Leeds. She joined Monash University as Lecturer in the Department of Chemical Engineering in 2006, appointed Associate Professor in 2013 and promoted to Professor in 2016. She is one of the 9 Monash researchers awarded the ARC Future Fellow in 2014, to conduct research on the manufacturing of high value particles for functional foods and pharmaceutical industries. Cordelia also an adjuct Professor of Chemical Engineering at Soochow University in China and was an Australia-China Young Researcher Fellow (2013).

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Alumni Profile - Assoc Prof Timothy Tan

Assoc Prof Timothy Tan

Dr Timothy Tan obtained his B.Eng. and Ph.D in Chemical Engineering in 2000 and 2004 respectively from the University of New South Wales, Australia. After which, he joined Institute of BioEngineering and Nanotechnology, A*STAR Singapore, as a postdoctoral fellow for 2 years, and moved on to become an Assistant Professor in the School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering in Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He was promoted to Associate Professor (with tenure) in Feb 2012. He concurrently holds the appointments of Associate Chair of Academic and Director of outreach in the School.

His main research interests are nanostructure tailoring and tuning for photo-driven energy harvesting and novel materials for nanomedicine. He has successfully attracted well over S$3M from various grant agencies, such as Singapore National Research Foundation, ASTAR-NHGNTU Skin Research Grant, Industry-led BCA Sustainable Construction Capability Development Fund, Singapore Ministry of Education AcRF Tier 1 & 2, Singapore EDB GSK Trust Fund, A*STAR PSF and NTU Proof-of-Concept grants. He has 3 patents, edited a book, published 4 book chapters and more than 70 original papers, which can be found in Advanced Materials, Advanced Healthcare Materials, Nano Letters, Nature Protocol, Chemistry of Materials, Chemical Communications, Journal of Materials Chemistry and others.

Alumni Profile - Assoc. Prof Wey Yang Teoh

Assoc Prof Wey Yang Teoh

Dr Wey Yang TEOH is tenured Associate Professor at the School of Energy and Environment, City University of Hong Kong, where he heads the Clean Energy and Nanotechnology (CLEAN) Laboratory. He received his BE (Chemical) and PhD from the University of New South Wales, Australia, in 2003 and 2007, respectively. Prior to Hong Kong, he was the Australian Postdoctoral Fellow awarded by the Australian Research Council. His research is dedicated to the fundamentals of heterogeneous thermal- and photocatalysis, and particularly in solving various Energy and Environmentally-related problems. To do so, he and his group establish new strategies for rational catalysts design based on the photocharge transport, surface molecular catalysis, and photochemical conversions. His research has been funded by national funding bodies such as the Australian Research Council and Research Grant Council of Hong Kong, resulting in many original publications.

He is one of the PI of the Joint Laboratory for Energy and Environmental Catalysis based at City University of Hong Kong which is a joint effort to modernize the way catalysis is being investigated in Hong Kong and the Region.