Academic Talk: Electrocatalysis for Energy Conversion Processes


Presenter: Prof.Shizhang Qiao (University of Adelaide)

Topic: Electrocatalysis for Energy Conversion Processes

Time: 10:00 AM, Oct. 26th (Thursday)

Location: 909-B


Replacement of precious metal catalysts by commercially available alternatives is of great importance among both fundamental and practical catalysis research. Nanostructured graphene-based and transition metal materials have demonstrated promising catalytic properties in a wide range of energy generation/storage applications. Specifically engineering graphene with guest metals/metal-free atoms can improve its catalytic activity for electrochemical oxygen reduction reaction (ORR), oxygen evolution reaction (OER) and hydrogen evolution reaction (HER), thus can be considered as potential substitutes for the expensive Pt/C or IrO2 catalysts in fuel cells, metal-air batteries and water splitting process. In this presentation, I will talk about the synthesis of nonprecious metal and metal free elements-doped graphene, and their application on electrocatalysis. The excellent ORR, OER and HER performance (high catalytic activity and efficiency) and reliable stability (much better than the commercial Pt/C or IrO2) indicate that new materials are promising highly efficient electrocatalysts for clean energy conversion.



Dr. Shi-Zhang Qiao is currently a professor (Chair of Nanotechnology) at School of Chemical Engineering of the University of Adelaide. His research expertise is in nanostructured materials for new energy technologies including electrocatalysis, photocatalysis, fuel cell, supercapacitor and batteries. He has co-authored more than 300 papers in refereed journals (over 29,500 citations with h-index 88), including Nature, Nature Materials, Nature Energy, Nature Communications, J. Am. Chem. Soc, Angew. Chem., Adv. Mater.. He has filed several patents and has attracted more than 12.0 million dollars in research grants from industrial partners and Australian Research Council (ARC).

Prof. Qiao was honoured with a prestigious ARC Australian Laureate Fellow (2017), ExxonMobil Award (2016), ARC Discovery Outstanding Researcher Award (DORA, 2013) and an Emerging Researcher Award (2013, ENFL Division of the American Chemical Society). He has also been awarded an ARC ARF Fellowship and an ARC APD Fellowship.

Prof. Qiao is a Fellow of Institution of Chemical Engineers (FIChemE), a Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC) and a Fellow of Royal Australian Chemical Institute (FRACI). He is currently an Associate Editor of Journal of Materials Chemistry A, and is a Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher.

Contact: Prof. Qiao Zhang


Editor: Juan Yang