Research Highlights

Research highlights showcased

This section showcases our group's recent research highlights. From reporting our novel findings, we have made the frontispiece of high impact journals and our research has been crowned as the ‘hot article', ‘most read/accessed’ and 'editor's choice'.

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Zhang C; Liu DH; Lv W; Wang DW; Wei W; Zhou GM; Wang S; Li F; Li BH; Kang F; Yang QH, 2015, 'A high-density graphene-sulfur assembly: a promising cathode for compact Li-S batteries.', Nanoscale, vol. 7, no. 13, pp. 5592 - 5597,

This work reports a high-density graphene/sulfur assembly for compact Li–S batteries with high volumetric capacity, which retains good structural stability and conductivity.

Complete surface coverage of ZnO nanorod arrays by pulsed electrodeposited CuInS2 for visible light energy conversion

This communication reports the synthesis of well-aligned ZnO nanorods which were uniformly coated with a layer of CuInS2 nanoparticle photosensitizers using a tailored sequential pulsed electrodeposition.

Solar hydrogen evolution using a CuGaS2 photocathode improved by incorporating reduced graphene oxide

The effectiveness of reduced graphene oxide (RGO) in water reduction on a CuGaS2 photocathode was demonstrated. The incorporated RGO dramatically enhanced the cathodic photocurrent of the CuGaS2 photoelectrode under visible light irradiation.

Ni-SiO2 catalyst for the CO2 reforming of Methane: varying support properties by Flame Spray Pyrolysis

In this special issue of Molecules, we report the use of Flame Spray Pyrolysis (FSP) to synthesise silica as a support for Ni-based catalysts for the Dry Reforming of Methane. 

RSC Adv., 2015,5, 5231-5236 DOI: 10.1039/C4RA13464H

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.

J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2015, 137 (2), pp 604–607  DOI: 10.1021/ja511615s

The  work reported here provide new and significant knowledge on the construction of efficient solar water splitting systems employing various metal sulfides and reduced Graphene Oxide/TiO2 composite.

Lou, S.N., Yap, N., Scott, J., Amal, R. and Ng, Y.H. (2014) Scientific Reports, 4, article number 7.428,  doi:10.1038/srep07428

This paper show the benefits of producing α-MoO3 thin films with defined crystal facets and an iso-oriented layered structure for in situ storing of excited charges.

Molecules, 2014, 19(11), 17747-17762

The paper reported the different morphologies and phases of WO3 that can be achieved by hydrothermal synthesis method and how Pt deposit on the WO3 nanostructures enhanced its photocatalytic properties.

Chin, L.S., Lim, M., Hung, T.T., Marquis, C.P., and Amal, R. (2014) RSC Advances, 4, 13052-13060

The method highlighted here simplified the multi-step procedures required to prefabricate silica hollow spheres and post loading of perfluorocarbon.

Fletcher, C., Jiang, Y., Sun, C., and Amal, R. (2014), Nanoscale, 6, 7312

The present work reported the effect of metal doping on morphology evolution and electronic alteration of ZnO nanocrystal.

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