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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Scott, J., Irawaty, W., Low, G., and Amal, R. (2015) App. Cat.B: Environmental, 164, 10-17, doi:10.1016/j.apcatb.2014.08.042

This newly published articles highlight the effect of light pre-treatment of Pt/TiO2  and how it enhances its catalytic oxidation capacity for formic acid degradation.

Graphical Abstract App Cat A 2014

This work highlights the  facile one-pot, room temperature synthesis method used to alter the MCM-41 support acidity to control the extent of various side reactions that occur during the CO2 reforming of methane.

Lou, S.N, Ng, Y.H., Ng, C., Scott, J. and Amal, R. (2014). ChemSusChem, 7(7), 1934-1941

Photogenic: Subjected to positive bias and illumination, α-MoO3 demonstrates the capability to generate and store photoexcited charges in its layered structure through the intercalation of alkali cations.

RSC Adv, 2014, 4, 4353-4374

This study reports  a thorough investigation on the effects of the commonly-employed microbial growth medium solution on the dissolution and microstructural transformation of zinc oxide thin film, which have important implication on the mechanisti

Gunawan, C., Lim, M., Marquis, C., and Amal, R. (2014), Nanoparticle-–protein corona complexes govern the biological fates and functions of nanoparticles, J. Mater. Chem.B, 2, 2060-2083

In this article, we review representative studies on the effects of particle physicochemical characteristics along with the protein profiles in the biological medium on the formation of protein corona and importantly, how the dynamic nature and pr

Ng, C., Ng, Y.H., Iwase, A., and Amal, R. (2013), Influence of annealing temperature of WO3 in PEC and energy storage for water splitting

Continuing from previous work  on self-photorechargeability of Tungsten Oxide (WO3) for water splliting, the current work explores the importance of WO3 crystallinty in governing both PEC efficiency and storage capacity of flower structured WO3 el

Wang, F., Jiang, Y., Wen, X., Xia, J., Sha, G. and Amal, R. (2013), Confined Au-Pd Ensembles in Mesoporous TiO2 Spheres for the Photocatalytic Oxidation of Acetaldehyde. ChemCatChem, 5: 3557–3561. doi: 10.1002/cctc.201300584

An ensemble cast: The confinement of ensembles of Au-Pd inside unique mesoporous TiO2 spheres contributes to their superior photocatalytic activity.

Ng, Y.H., Iwase, A., Kudo, A., and Amal, R. (2010), J. Phys. Chem. Lett.1(17),3607-2612, DOI: 10.1021/jz100978u

Reducing Graphene Oxide on a visible-light BiVO4 photocatalytst for an enhanced photoelectrochemical water splitting

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Nanoscale (2013), 5, 2952-2958

Embedment of anodized p-type Cu2O thin films with CuO nanowires enhanced the PEC stability of the Cu2O photoelectrode

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