International Conference on Emerging Energy and Environmental Technologies 2019

International Conference on Emerging Energy and Environmental Technologies 2019 (EEET2019): Young Academic Forum - A Joint Event Organized by UNSW and CSIRO

The Inaugural International Conference on Emerging Energy and Environmental Technologies (EEET2019): Young Academic Forum will be held  at University of New South Wales, Sydney from Wednesday, 4th to Friday, 6th December 2019.

The EEET2019 will provide an excellent platform for scientists, especially young academics and industrial engineers, to exchange and share their knowledge and ideas in the field of emerging energy and environmental technologies, as well as to interact with world-leading researchers to discuss their latest advances and breakthroughs.

It is the very first, early-to-middle career researcher (EMCR)-focused international conference, aiming to promote the best collaborative partnerships among the most productive group of scientists in Australia and across the world.

The EEET2019 will present a unique opportunity for young scientists to extend their research networks and lead cutting-edge researches to target urgent issues at all stages in the energy and environmental pipeline, i.e., from lab to start-ups and industry.


Topics in the EEET2019 included but not limited to:

  • Advanced energy and environmental materials
  • Chemical, thermal, electrochemical, and photocatalysis
  • Water splitting and hydrogen energy technology
  • Carbon/nitrogen caption, storage, reduction and separation
  • Supercapacitors, batteries, and fuel cells
  • Environmental sensing and remediation
  • Water treatment and desalination
  • Computational modelling and simulations
  • Defence science and technology
  • Renewable energy policy and governance



Prof Rose Amal

Scientia Professor Rose Amal AC, FAA, FTSE, HonFEA, FIchemE  (UNSW Australia)

Rose Amal is an ARC Laureate Fellow and a Scientia Professor in the School of Chemical Engineering, UNSW. She is recognised as a pioneer and leading authority in the fields of photocatalysis and functional nanomaterials, having made significant contributions to these related areas of research over the past twenty five years. Her current research focuses on designing nanomaterials for solar and chemical energy conversion applications (including photocatalysis for water and air purification, water splitting, development of indoor self-cleaning materials, low temperature catalytic reactions) and reactor system design. As a Chief Investigator, Rose has secured over $25M in competitive government funding and industrial partners. Rose has contributed to 6 book chapters, over 340 refereed journal publications, and has been invited for over 50 plenary/keynote speakers presentations, which received >17,800 citations with an H-index of 70 (Google Scholar). Rose has also received many accolades including being named as Top 100 Most Influential Engineers by Engineers Australia for 4 consecutive years (2012-2015), Exxon Mobile Award (2012), NSW Science and Engineering Award (2011) and has held prominent leadership positions including Chair of ICheme Australia (2016 - 2017), European Research Council Committee (2015 – 2017), ARC College of Expert Member for Engineering Mathematics and Informatics (2015 – present), Director of ARC Center of Excellence for Functional Nanomaterials (2009 – 2013), etc. She is a Fellow of Australian Academy of Technological Science and Engineering, ATSE (2012), a Fellow of Australian Academy of Science, AAS (2013) and is an Honorary Fellow of Engineers Australia (2015).


Prof Liming Dai (UNSW Australia and Case Western Reserve Univ, USA) 

Prof Liming Dai is a Laureate Fellow and a part-time Professor in School of Chemical Engineering at University of New South Wales (UNSW). He is recognised as a pioneer and leading scientist in the research and development of carbon-based metal-free catalysts for renewable energy technologies. Dr. Dai's expertise covers the synthesis, functionalization, and device fabrication of conjugated polymers and carbon nanomaterials for energy-related and biomedical applications. He has published more than 400 scientific papers, and held about 30 issued/applied patents. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE).


Dr Cathy Foley (CSIRO Australia)

Dr Cathy Foley, CSIRO Chief Scientist, has made distinguished contributions to the understanding of superconducting materials and to the development of devices using superconductors for a number of applications including to detect magnetic fields and locate valuable deposits of minerals. She is also the Chair of the Australian National Fabrication Facility Victorian Node Collaboration Committee and the ARC Steel Hub Advisory Committee as well as sitting on several other committees and boards. She has made significant contributions to the scientific community as president of several scientific societies and as a member of committees such as PMSEIC giving advice to Government on scientific and technological matters. She was awarded the `Woman of the Year’ by the NSW Government in 2013 and the International IEEE Award for Continuing and Significant Contributions to Applied Superconductivity 2014. In 2015 she was awarded the Clunies Ross Medal of the Australian Academy of Technological Science and Engineering and Australian Institute of Physics’ Outstanding Service to Physics Award. As a leader in CSIRO, she is working to help Australia to transform to be globally competitive and sustainable by engaging with Australian researchers, government and industry to assist with the translation of research for a healthy and sustainable Australia that is also economically successful.


Professor Lianzhou Wang (University of Queensland)

Prof Lianzhou Wang is a Laureate Fellow and a Professor in the School of Chemical Engineering and Director of Nanomaterials Centre (Nanomac), the University of Queensland. He received his PhD degree from Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1999. Before joining UQ in 2004, he has worked at two leading national research institutions (NIMS and AIST) of Japan as a research fellow for five years. Since joining UQ, he has worked/working as ARC Queen Elizabeth II Fellow (2006), Senior Lecturer (2007), Associate Professor (2010), and Professor (2012-) in School of Chemical Engineering and Nanomac, and Senior Group Leader of Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnolgy, UQ.


Professor Huijun Zhao (Griffith University)

Professor Huijun Zhao obtained his PhD in 1994 from the University of Wollongong, Australia. He worked as Research Fellow and Vice-Chancellor Research Fellow in the University of Wollongong (1993-1996) and the University of Western Sydney (1996-1997), respectively. He took a Lecturer position in School of Environmental and Applied Sciences, Griffith University, in 1997 and was subsequently promoted to Senior Lecturer (2001), A/Professor (2003) and Professor (2005). Professor Zhao was the Chair of Griffith Commercialization Laboratory during 2005-2007. He currently holds a Professor position in Griffith School of Environment and Science, and is the Foundation Director of the Centre for Clean Environment and Energy, Griffith University. Professor Zhao has expertise in nanocatalysts and catalysis for energy, environmental and analytical applications. He has published over 380 peer-reviewed journal articles, attracted over 13,000 citations and had an H-index of 61. He received The R.H. Stokes Medal in 2016 for his pioneer contribution to electrochemistry. Professor Zhao also has extensive experience for commercialization research and gained nearly 70 world-wide patents with majority of them being commercialized. One of his current pursuits is to explore new means to unlock catalytic activities of earth abundant materials as high performance catalysts for important catalysis processes.


Please note, all talks will be by invitation only. To submit an expression of interest please contact the conference chair Dr Xunyu Lu or co-chairs (Dr Zhaojun Han and Dr Emma Lovell).

Registration is available from:


  • Dr. Xunyu Lu (UNSW) - Chair
  • Dr. Zhaojun Han (CSIRO/UNSW) - Co-Chairs
  • Dr. Emma Lovell (UNSW) - Co-Chairs
  • Scientia Professor Rose Amal - Conference Convenor
  • Dr Scott Martin (CSIRO Manufacturing)
  • Dr Avi Bendavid (CSIRO Manufacturing)
  • Dr. Jian (Jeffery) Pan (UNSW) - Technical Coordinator
  • Dr. Mandalena Hermawan - Secretariat



Draft program


Any enquiries and questions, please email conference chair: