Research

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PartCat’s research specialises in the synthesis, functionalisation, characterisation and application of novel particle and catalyst systems. The team undertake a holistic research approach from deep fundamental understanding of particulate systems and processes through basic and applied research. Applied research incorporates a comprehensive approach to the design, discovery and characterisation of new particulate materials and how these are used for catalytic and photocatalytic processes, environmental remediation, clean energy production and utilisation and health care.

Within the PartCat Research Group, Professor Rose Amal leads a team of 30 postdoctoral researchers and postgraduate students who are working on a variety of fundamental and industry-driven research projects.

With strong industrial links, locally and internationally, the Particles and Catalysis Research Group has attracted major competitive grants and industry funding, with a total value over $25 million since 2003. Research team members have also received prestigious recognition and major awards for its industry-university investigations. Collectively the Group has published more than 450 refereed papers in leading international journals; supported and mentored more than 100 honours, master’s and PhD students from more than ten countries.

At UNSW, the PartCat Research team works closely with members from across the Materials Energy Research Laboratory in Nanoscale, Nano Electro Chemistry Group, UNSW Microgrid and Energy System Research Group and ARC Research Hub for Integrated Energy Storage Solutions to address future societal and industry challenges whilst developing solutions and emerging technologies around hydrogen production and storage, catalysis for CO2 conversion and integrated power systems.

 

Most Accessed Articles in J. Materials Chemistry B!

J. Mater. Chem. B., 2014, 2, 2060-2083

Our article titled “Nanoparticle-protein corona complexes govern the biological fates and functions of nanoparticles” is one of the 30 most accessed articles in Journal of Materials Chemistry B in 2014. The article provides a comprehensive review on the effects of particle physicochemical characteristics along with the protein profiles in the biological medium, how it formed protein corona and most importantly how the dynamic nature and protein fingerprints of the formed corona govern the biological responses toward nanoparticles.

 

New publication in RSC Advances (March 2015)

Protective interlayer of TiO2 in Cu2O–CuO heterojunction thin film as a highly stable visible light photocathode

The article here reported that the visible light-induced photocurrent generation and photoelectrochemical stability of p-type Cu2O–CuO photocathodes are improved significantly upon incorporating an interlayer of TiO2 between Cu2O and CuO. The TiO2 layer hinders the electron conduction at the semiconductor–electrolyte interface (improved stability) as well as promoting electron transfer from Cu2O to CuO (increased photocurrent).

Photocatalysis: from Material Design to System Engineering

Professor Rose Amal

Six UNSW researchers had the honour of speaking at the Shine Dome event in Canberra last May, one of them is our very own Professor Rose Amal who is admitted as new Fellow for the Academy.