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Schematic diagram on selective electrochemical CO2RR using reconstructed catalyst with tunable properties
6 September 2022

In order to deliver the net zero carbon ambition, several attempts have been conducted, including pushing the efficiency of CO2 reduction reaction (CO2RR) beyond the economic threshold for industrial commercialization.... read more

Improved carrier dynamics in nickel/urea-functionalized carbon nitride for ethanol photoreforming
13 August 2022

Carbon nitride is cheap, scalable, non-toxic, suitable for solar hydrogen generation, but has limited activity due to severe charge recombination.

Constructing Interfacial Boron-Nitrogen Moieties in Turbostratic Carbon for Electrochemical Hydrogen Peroxide Production
13 August 2022

We are thrilled to share our work on constructing the turbostratic carbon with interfacial B-N moieties for electrosynthesis of HO2- that is now available in AngewandteChemie and it also confirmed that fine tuning the active moieties is pivotal... read more

Solar Hydrogen Is the New Energy (SHINE 2.0)

SHINE 2.0 (Solar Hydrogen Is the New Energy)

The SHINE 2.0 features direct and indirect heating of the methanation reactor. Concentrated sunlight can be used directly to heat the reactor and maintain reaction temperature through active solar tracking. Alternatively, solar energy can be converted to electricity and stored in a mobile battery/solar controller unit for the primary's hydrogen generation and indirect heating reactor, allowing for night time operation.

This integrated reactor system uses concentrated solar power to heat the reaction chamber, and the solar panel generates electricity to produce hydrogen gas. The hydrogen gas is fed with carbon dioxide to the primary reactor to produce methane. Downstream cooler/water remove the methane product for further storage. In the latest prototype, up to 15-30 L/h of methane can be produced, corresponding to 60-120 L/h of hydrogen feed. The methane produced can be integrated with the existing natural gas network.  The system has been tested using a range of cheap, transition metal-based catalysts to achieve 100% selectivity towards methane.

Sustainable Fuels from the Sun

Sustainable Fuels from the Sun

Rose Amal - Sustainable Fuels from the Sun

Rose Amal is a Chemical Engineer and a Scientia Professor at the School of Chemical Engineering at UNSW. In this video, she talks about what motivates her to do research and her passion in securing sustainable energy. With a funding of $2.4 million over 5 years, she and her team will transform greenhouse gases (CO2) to produce liquid fuels using catalyst and energy from the sun. Watch video on

Reforming Chemical Engineering reputation

Reforming chemical engineering's 'dirty and dangerous' reputation

In this latest version of Create Digital Professor Rose Amal chat how in past year Chemical Engineer has gotten a bad rap, but Rose is on a mission to show that things are changing, and sustainability is a key in the present education for chemical engineering students.

Read the full report in CREATE