3 May 2017

Eight joint research projects have been selected to receive seed funding under the partnership agreement signed by the University of Sydney and UC Davis earlier this year.

Under the terms of the agreement, both institutions will contribute up to AU$100,000 annually for two years to support cooperative research projects and activities. The awards are designed to catalyze scientific discoveries through collaborative engagement between researchers at the two universities by providing funding to support initiatives that foster international partnerships in research, teaching and learning, capacity building and other areas. Eight research projects were selected from a total of 22 applications covering a wide variety of disciplines. Further information about the Priority Partnership Collaboration Awards please visit here.

School of Chemistry recipients:-

Professor Cameron Kepert

Prof Cameron Kepert

Professor Cameron Kepert, A/Prof Deanna D’Alessandro and Dr Suzanne Neville have been awarded a Priority Partnership Collaboration Award with A/Prof Louise Berben at the University of California, Davis. The project titled “CO2 Capture and Electrocatalytic Conversion with Covalently Immobilized Porous Materials” has been selected to receive funding in the amount of AU$40,000 over 2017-18.

The Priority Partnership Collaboration Award will enable the team to establish a stronger connection with A/Prof Louise Berben who is an expert in organometallic chemistry, particularly relating to new compounds for catalysing the reduction of carbon dioxide and hydrogen. The Sydney-based team will develop new nanoporous materials with capacity to catalyse these environmentally and industrially important reactions. As part of the collaboration, A/Prof Berben will visit Sydney this July.

Professor Thomas Maschmeyer

Prof Thomas Maschmeyer

Professor Thomas Maschmeyer, A/Prof Anthony Masters and Dr Xiaobo Li have been awarded a Priority Partnership Collaboration Award with Professor Frank Osterloh (Department of Chemistry, UC Davis). The project titled "Advanced semiconductor materials system for solar hydrogen generation" has been selected to receive funding of AU$40,000 over the period 2017-18.

The goal of the joint project is to develop an advanced semiconductor photocatalyst system that meets the essential requirements for photocatalytic hydrogen generation for renewable fuel applications. This goal will be accomplished by combining the synthetic and materials characterization expertise at the University of Sydney with expertise and advanced photovoltage characterization at the University of California, at Davis. The University of Sydney group is developing novel, inexpensive semiconductor photocatalysts. This effort involves a wider array of synthetic methodologies, obtaining semiconductor materials with controlled composition, structure and morphology at nanoscale. The University of California, Davis group is developing surface photovoltage spectroscopy (SPS) as a technique for the characterization of photocatalysts. In this way, SPS can be used to observe key variables in photocatalytic materials, including the identity of the majority carriers (which control the photochemistry), the effective band gap (which determines light absorption), the photovoltage (which determines power output), and the energy and concentration of defects (which control detrimental electron hole recombination).