20th February 2020

UNSW Sydney, Kensington Campus

Join our distinguished guests and researchers as we launch the Hub’s innovative and wide-ranging research program on energy storage.

3.50pm - Tour one of three Hub labs - limited capacity, reserve your place early!

  • MERLin: Materials Energy Research Laboratory in nanoscale

  • Energy Systems Research lab

  • Particles and Catalysis Lab

4.00pm for 4.30pm start - Official Launch Ceremony with special guests including:

  • Prof. Ian Jacobs, Vice Chancellor and President, UNSW

  • Prof. Sue Thomas, CEO, Australian Research Council

  • The Hon. Dan Tehan, Federal Minister for Education

  • Prof. Nicholas Fisk, Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research, UNSW

  • John Titchen, Managing Director, Goldwind Australia

  • Prof. Joe Dong, Hub Director and Professor of Energy Systems, UNSW Engineering

  • The Hon. Warwick Smith, Chairman, Hub Industry Advisory Board

5.15pm - Refreshments and meet the researchers

6.15pm - Event close

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Associate Professor Da-Wei Wang and Hub Director Professor Joe Dong from UNSW and Professor Guoxiu Wang of UTS were recognized as some of the world's most influential researchers of the past decade, demonstrated by the production of multiple highly-cited papers that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and year in Web of Science.

Associate Professor Da-Wei Wang - Professor Guoxiu Wang - Professor Joe Dong

Scientia Professor Rose Amal AC, from the School of Chemical Engineering at UNSW Engineering, named 2019 NSW Scientist of the Year.

Professor Amal, is a chemical engineer and the leader of the Particles and Catalysis Research Group at UNSW.

Her research spans fundamental chemistry, applied chemical engineering fields, material science and specialised photochemistry fields. Professor Amal designs nanomaterials for solar and chemical energy conversion applications, including photocatalysis for water and air purification and water splitting, and engineering systems for solar processes that use the sun’s energy to generate clean fuel.

Her group is at the forefront of fundamental particle and catalysis research and development in Australia, in areas which directly impact people's lives. “We are researching catalysts for efficient energy conversion, such as hydrogen production from water, and chemical production from CO2. These reactions are important as they address the changing energy mix for a sustainable future and can reduce energy costs for consumers,” Professor Amal said. “It is more likely these catalysts will be implemented if they harness multiple energy sources which address the cost issues. For example, we can combine both light and heat energy to activate a catalyst.”

Beyond fundamental development in these areas, Professor Amal is translating this research into real-world applications to benefit the community.

Professor Amal leads the Power-To-Gas theme of the ARC Research Hub.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian presents Scientia Professor Rose Amal with 2019 Scientist of the Year Award. Courtesy of UNSW Newsroom

Republished with permission from UNSW Newsroom