2D materials-based heterostructures for green hydrogen and CO2 reduction

2D materials-based heterostructures for green hydrogen and CO2 reduction


Project Summary:

In many multi-step catalytic reactions, it is often difficult to find a single catalyst to optimize the energy levels of all reaction intermediates involved. Two or more types of catalytic atoms are therefore preferred which can synergistically activate the reactions and lower the energy barriers, leading to high catalytic efficiency and reduced energy consumption. This project will investigate 2D materials-based heterostructures, such as graphene and layered double hydroxides, to improve their catalytic performance for green hydrogen generation and CO2 reduction. The synthesized heterostructure will preferentially have combined electronic and chemical properties from constituent 2D materials, which can be tailored for different reactions. Surface and interfacial engineering techniques will also be applied to increase the activity and stability of the heterostructure.

 The project will include the following activities:

  • Synthesize 2D materials-based heterostructures with controllable structural features and electronic properties.
  • Application and optimization of 2D materials-based heterostructures in hydrogen generation and CO2 reduction.
  • Understand the structure-property relationship for 2D materials-based heterostructures for hydrogen generation and CO2 reduction. 

Synergistic effect of two or more catalytic atoms [Mater. Today 45, 54 (2021)].


 Academic Supervisor:

Dr Zhaojun Han

Professor Rose Amal


Research Environment:

The student will have the opportunity to work in the Particles and Catalysis Research Group (PartCat) at the School of Chemical Engineering and ARC Training Centre for the Global Hydrogen Economy. Student will have access to well-equipped laboratories with comprehensive experimental facilities for photo/electrocatalysis research and will work in a multidisciplinary research environment and learn various functional skills.

The Candidate:
The candidate should have a passion in pursuing research in renewable energy and, due to current international travel restrictions, preferably reside onshore.

Interested to apply?
Please visit the HDR Application page to understand the process and also send your CV, academic transcript and English test result (taken within 2  years) to Dr Zhaojun Han

Scholarship maybe available for suitable candidate.