Clean energy

A major component of research at the nanomaterials centre investigates new nanomaterials for clean energy generation, storage and applications.

The generation, storage and applications of the sustainable and clean energy is one of the most pressing problems facing our society today, in the light of climate change, rapid growth in developing countries and the dwindling sources of fossil fuels. Research projects that address some of these critically important issues have been part of the Centre's programs since the centre was established.

The major focus of our Centre’s research lies in the following three areas: 1) Energy storage, 2) Solar cell and 3) Photocatalysis.  Researchers from the “Energy storage” sector aim to develop nanomaterials for rechargeable batteries with high performance, long-term stability and low cost. Another important research direction is exploring the potential applications and commercial products, especially in integrated electronic devices. The solar cell team is mainly working on quantum dot solar cells and perovskite solar cells, which are among the most promising low-cost and solution-processable photovoltaic devices to convert solar energy directly into electricity. Photocatalysis researchers are exploring novel semiconducting nanomaterials to realize efficient solar hydrogen generation directly from water by various photocatalytic reactions or advanced photoelectrochemical water splitting systems.

In addition to continuous output of high impact publications, the research topics have attracted various industry and government engagement, including Printed Energy Pty. Ltd., BaoSteel Group and HBIS Group, etc. Our researchers endeavour to address the critical challenges in the clean energy areas by collaboratively working with both academic and industry partners