Jonathan Horlyck

TETB 364WS29

Academic Qualifications:

2009-2014: B.Eng (Hons 1) Industrial Chemistry. University of New South Wales

2015-Present: PhD Candidate, Chemical Engineering. University of New South Wales


Title: Supported Bimetallic Catalysis for the Dry Reforming of Methane

Abstract: The dry reforming of methane (DRM) is a reaction of considerable interest as it converts two greenhouse gases (CO2, CH4) into a useful product (syngas). Ni and Co are effective DRM catalysts and coupling them with another metal can improve performance. My project will comprise two stages: (1) developing supported Ni-Co catalysts; (2) introducing a plasmonic metal (e.g. Au) into the catalyst. Plasmonic catalysis is a unique approach, utilising light to off-set the thermal requirements of conventional catalysts. My catalysts will be fabricated by flame spray pyrolysis, a synthesis technique which has not been previously used to prepare DRM catalysts.

Awards and Achievements:

  • Australian Postgraduate Award Scholarship
  • UNSW Co-Op Scholarship
  • Era Polymers Prize in Industrial Chemistry


  • Rose Amal
  • Jason Scott