Electrochemical manufacturing of renewable hydrogen peroxide

Supervisor: Dr Xunyu Lu 

Description: 

Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) is an important chemical and has been widely used in various applications, such as wastewater treatment and disinfection. Traditionally, H2O2 is produced via the anthraquinone process which calls for huge investments and is highly energy intensive. In this project, an electrochemical approach will be used to produce H2O2 by selectively reducing oxygen via the two-electron transfer pathway. New catalyst materials, including single atom catalysts, metal alloy nanoparticles and metal free carbon materials will be developed and their catalytic performance toward H2O2 production will be evaluated and compared with the precious metals based benchmarks. Furthermore, the whole process will be powered by photovoltaic cells to enable the production of renewable hydrogen peroxide. 

The host of this project, Particles and Catalysis Research Group (PARTCAT), is a leading (photo(electro)) catalysis research group within the School of Chemical Engineering at the University of New South Wales (UNSW). 

Level of difficulty: Challenging

For more information, please contact Dr Xunyu Lu: xunyu.lu@unsw.edu.au