Our Research

1. Environmental Remediation

Our group is working on edge-cutting technologies for environmental remediation. New advanced oxidative processes (AOPs) were developed utilizing novel metal nanocrystals, metal-free nanocarbons for activating versatile superoxides toward adsorption, aqueous oxidation of toxic contaminants and control of air pollution.

3. CO2 recycling and utilisation

Nanocarbons and MOF materials with extra-large specific areas, porous structure, and tunable surface chemistry, are deveolped for CO2, CH4 adsorption, storage, and hydrocarbon conversions via photocatalysis and electrochemistry. 

2. Energy Conversion and Utilization

Our research focuses on synthesis of nanostructured catalyst materials, such as shape-controlled metals or oxides, nanocarbons, hybrids, arrays and quantum dots for energy conversion and storage (ORR, OER, HER, supercapacitors), solar energy utilization (solar cells, photocatalysis, water splitting), and electrochemical catalysis.

Projects and Funds
  • ARC-DP, Catalytic degardation of emerging microplastic pollutants.  $578K, 2020-2022

  • ARC-DP, Smart self-propelled nanoreactors for catalytic environmental remediation, $420K,2019-2021.

  • ARC-DP, Carbon dioxide conversion and utilization, $357K, 2017-2019

  • ARC-DP, Engineered and functionalized nanocarbons for clean energy and water, $415K, 2015-2017

  • CRC-CARE, Development of novel nanocarbon materials for extractive analysis and remediation, $529, 2013-2015

  • CRC-CARE, Design and fabrication of a photocatalytic air purifier for demonstration, $64K, 2014

  • ARC-DP, Green catalysis for energy and environment using metal free nanostructured carbons, $320K, 2013-2015

  • CRC-CARE, Natural clay mineral-graphene composites for sustainable remediation, $315K, 2013-2015

  • ARC-DP, Production, Processing and Combustion of an Innovative Slurry Fuel for High Efficiency Distributed Power Generation, $300K, 2011-2013

  • CRC-CARE, Integrating advanced oxidation processes (AOPs) and nanotechnologies for persistent organic pollutants (POPs) removal from contaminated water and soil, $390, 2012-2014

  • CRC-CARE Efficient capture and utilization of gas and leachate emissions in controlled landfill bioreactor processing of

  • municipal solid waste, $200K, 2010-2012