School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials
Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences
Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD (as Co-Supervisor) - email supervisor to discuss availability.
Dr Zhang’s research focuses on the rational design, synthesis and investigation of nanostructured photo- and photo- electrocatalysts for solar energy conversion, including photocatalytic H2 production and photo-electrocatalytic water splitting. Using his advanced knowledge on crystallography and surface chemistry and with expertise in advanced in situ characterisations and computations, he has helped pioneer low-dimensional nanomaterials, ranging from zero- dimensional quantum dots to three-dimensional porous carbons. He has made notable contributions to the large-scale production of biomass-derived functionalized carbon by introducing the innovative idea of utilizing the cheap sodium bicarbonate as the pore-forming reagent. In particular, Dr Zhang has shown great skill in conducting interdisciplinary research. He was one of the first to combine diverse artificial materials with bio-enzymes for photoelectrochemical application, which forms the basis of the research in his DECRA fellowship.
Dr Huayang Zhang, Prof Shaobin Wang, Prof San Ping Jiang, Shiyong Zhao, Xiaojie Li; Australian Synchrotron Beamtime; Project title: Ex-situ NEXAFS studies of novel electrocatalysts using the high- throughput NEXAFS chamber Source of support: ANSTO/Australian Synchrotron; Round:
2020/1; ID numbers: 15900
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