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Catalysis of Sustainable Processes

Available projects involve the development of novel catalysts for the generation of hydrogen by splitting water with sunlight, for biomass conversion, for green industrial oxidation more...

Supervisor(s): Masters, Tony (Associate Professor)

Expanding the scope of the Stetter reaction

Opportunities exist to build complex organic molecules using the organocatalytic Stetter reaction. more...

Supervisor(s): McErlean, Christopher (Associate Professor)

Customising the acidity of novel nano-catalysts for desired catalytic reactions

To investigate through first principles calculations, the fundamental physics and chemistry of novel solid acid nano-catalysts with the overall goal of understanding and predicting more...

Supervisor(s): Stampfl, Catherine (Professor)

Nano-catalysts for carbon neutral futures: Conversion of CO2 into valuable chemicals

To investigate functionalized porous nano-composites for advanced physical and chemical processes to convert CO2 to valuable chemicals from theory and computations. more...

Supervisor(s): Stampfl, Catherine (Professor)

Microkinetic modelling of catalytic processes

In our projects, in this area we employ quantum chemistry, molecular dynamics, laboratory experiment and kinetic modelling to produce fundamental, validated mechanisms. We employ th more...

Supervisor(s): Montoya, Alejandro (Dr)

Radical MOFs and POPs: from microporous conductors to CO(2) capture materials

This project involves the design, synthesis and characterisation of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) and porous organic polymers (POPs) based on redox-active ligands and metal cluste more...

Supervisor(s): D'Alessandro, Deanna (Associate Professor)

‘Magic Bullet’ Cancer Drugs and Antibiotics

We are building new kinds of cancer drugs and antibiotics: molecules that change their behaviour in the presence of their biological target, being chemically activated only when the more...

Supervisor(s): Rutledge, Peter (Professor)

Designing new nano-structured materials for solar energy and health

While methods for making nanostructured materials are often slow or energy intensive, self-assembly of nanoscale objects promises to be scalable and low-energy and could thus propel more...

Supervisor(s): Widmer-Cooper, Asaph (Dr)

Quantum transport in molecule/carbon-based nanostructures for new molecular electronic devices

Various projects available in the field molecular electronics and sensors. Large scale ab initio calculations will be used to investigate and predict novel structures and systems. A more...

Supervisor(s): Stampfl, Catherine (Professor)

Mechanism and control of diamond and graphene-based nanostructures using direct electric-field and laser excitation

To investigate the sculpting of carbon-based structures through controlled electric field and/or laser excitation, through first-principles based calculations. more...

Supervisor(s): Stampfl, Catherine (Professor)