Nanomaterials Centre (Nanomac)

Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology and School of Chemical Engineering, The University of Queensland

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Example of a nanomaterial

The Nanomaterials Centre’s work is focused on the development of a large variety of functional nanomaterials for applications in clean energy, environment and health. The Centre is an interdisciplinary research centre with research expertise in chemical engineering, chemistry, electrochemistry, materials science and engineering, nanotechnology, catalysis, and materials chemistry and physics.

Website http://www.nanomac.uq.edu.au/

Key science sectors

Strengths and capabilities

  • New catalysts for solar fuel generation
  • New generation high performance rechargeable batteries
  • New generation of low cost solar cell materials
  • Gene/drug delivery and imaging
  • Nanocatalysts design for sustainable green chemicals
  • New photocatalysts for air/water pollotant removal
  • New reaction system/device for CO2 reduction

Facilities and major equipment

  • Rechargeable battery assembly and testing instrument
  • Elemental and Thermal Gravimetric Analysis instruments
  • Catalysis product characterisation and analysis (GC, HPLC)
  • X-ray powder diffraction analyzer
  • Zetasizer Nano (zeta potential, particle size distribution)
  • Gas adsorption analyzers (4) for porosity and surface area analysis
  • Solar cell assembly and efficiency testing system
  • UV-VIS Spectrophotometer / Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy
  • Multiple wet chemical synthesis and high temperature furnaces
  • Physical Containment Class 2 (PC2) laboratory

Number of research staff

20-100 research staff

Address

AIBN, Building 75, Cnr College and Cooper Roads , The University of Queensland , St Lucia, 4072

Lead researchers

Achievements of the centre

  • A novel photochemical-chemical loop for the overall Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) splitting was developed for solar energy utilization, which has been selected as a HOT paper by Angewandte Chemie International Edition.
  • A new photocatalytic system based on vertically grown hematite nanosheet was developed for solar energy conversion, published on Advanced Materials.
  • A new type of photoelectrode with n-type to p-type switchable semiconducting properties was developed, shedding light on the potential photo-electronic applications of n–p switchable devices.

Organisation type

  • University Research Centre
  • Cooperative Research Centre – Partner Organisation

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