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Professor Rose Amal

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ARC Laureate Fellow, Scientia Professor, Particle and Catalysis Group, School of Chemical Engineering.


Professor Rose Amal is a UNSW Scientia Professor and was an ARC Laureate Fellow. Prof. Rose Amal is a chemical engineer and the leader of the Particles and Catalysis Research Group. Previously she was also the Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Functional Nanomaterials (2010-2013). Professor Rose Amal is recognised as a pioneer and leading authority in the fields of fine particle technology, photocatalysis and functional nanomaterials having made significant contributions to these related areas of research over the past 15 years. Her research contributions span from fundamental chemistry to applied chemical engineering fields; from material science and nano-research to a specialised photochemistry field. Her current research focuses on designing nanomaterials for solar and chemical energy conversion applications (including photocatalysis for water and air purification, water splitting, development of indoor self-cleaning materials, low temperature catalytic reactions) and engineering systems for solar induced processes, using the sun’s energy as a clean fuel source.

Over the last 10 years, she has successfully attracted over $25M to UNSW from the Australian Research Council and industry partners (including an ARC Laureate Fellowship, ARC Centre of Excellence for Functional Nanomaterials, and 8 ARC Discovery grants (including an ARC Australian Professorial Fellowship), 10 ARC Linkage Project grants (including 3 ARC Linkage International Award),  2 ARC Industrial Transformation and 13  ARC LIEF grants, 2 grants from Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) as well as funding from NSW governmentThe ARC Laureate Fellowship project commenced in 2015 focuses on creating sustainable fuels by harnessing the power of the sun, which lead to numerous applied projects with the recent one receiving $1.3million funding from ARENA.  The ARENA project aims to produce hydrogen as an energy carrier using highly efficient and low-cost Photovoltaic Electrolysis (PVE) system by harvesting the full spectrum of sunlight. She has published > 400 journal publications which have cumulatively received over 19,100 citations, resulting in an H-index of 73 (as of Feb 2020, SCOPUS).

She has successfully supervised over 65 PhD students (36 of them are female), 10 Masters students and more than 200 honours students in fields relating to environmental and energy technologies, including 8 University Medalists and over 20 Australian and International Postgraduate Award Holders.

Professor Rose Amal has received numerous prestigious awards including recently named as 2019 NSW Scientist of the Year, being listed in the Australia's Top 100 Most Influential Engineers (2012-2015), the ExxonMobil Award (2012), the Judy Raper Women in Engineering Leadership Award (2012), the NSW Science and Engineering Award - Emerging Research  (2011),  and the Freehills Award (2008). She is a Fellow of Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (FTSE), a Fellow of Australian Academy of Science (FAA), Fellow of IChemE, and Honorary Fellow of Engineers Australia. She has received the nation’s top civilian honour – the Companion of the Order of Australia – as part of the 2018 Queen's Birthday Honours for her eminent service to chemical engineering, particularly in the field of particle technology, through seminal contributions to photocatalysis, to education as a researcher and academic, and to women in science as a role model and mentor.

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Selected Publications

Journal articles

Daiyan R; Chen R; Kumar P; Bedford NM; Qu J; Cairney JM; Lu X; Amal R, 2020, 'Tunable Syngas Production through CO2 Electroreduction on Cobalt-Carbon Composite Electrocatalyst', ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, vol. 12, pp. 9307 - 9315,

Tran-Phu T; Daiyan R; Fusco Z; Ma Z; Amal R; Tricoli A, 2020, 'Nanostructured β-Bi2O3 Fractals on Carbon Fibers for Highly Selective CO2 Electroreduction to Formate', Advanced Functional Materials, vol. 30, pp. 1906478 - 1906478,

Daiyan R; Saputera WH; Masood H; Leverett J; Lu X; Amal R, 2020, 'A Disquisition on the Active Sites of Heterogeneous Catalysts for Electrochemical Reduction of CO2 to Value-Added Chemicals and Fuel', Advanced Energy Materials, vol. 10, pp. 1902106 - 1902106,

Cui Y; Tan X; Xiao K; Zhao S; Bedford NM; Liu Y; Wang Z; Wu KH; Pan J; Saputera WH; Cheong S; Tilley RD; Smith SC; Yun J; Dai L; Amal R; Wang DW, 2020, 'Tungsten Oxide/Carbide Surface Heterojunction Catalyst with High Hydrogen Evolution Activity', ACS Energy Letters, pp. 3560 - 3568,

Sun J; Lu X; Wu KH; Hou J; Fang R; Hart JN; Zhu S; Chen V; Amal R; Wang DW, 2020, 'Dynamic single-site polysulfide immobilization in long-range disorder Cu-MOFs', Chemical Communications, vol. 56, pp. 10074 - 10077,

Sun J; Lin Y; Sun Z; Zhu S; Amal R; Li F; Wang DW, 2019, 'Highly cross-linked carbon sponge enables room-temperature long-life semi-liquid Na/polysulfide battery', Materials Today Energy, vol. 14,

Daiyan R; Lovell EC; Bedford NM; Saputera WH; Wu KH; Lim S; Horlyck J; Ng YH; Lu X; Amal R, 2019, 'Modulating Activity through Defect Engineering of Tin Oxides for Electrochemical CO2 Reduction', Advanced Science, vol. 6, pp. 1900678 - 1900678,

Tian Y; Wu KH; Cao L; Saputera WH; Amal R; Wang DW, 2019, 'Unlocking high-potential non-persistent radical chemistry for semi-aqueous redox batteries', Chemical Communications, vol. 55, pp. 2154 - 2157,

Cui Y; Xiao K; Bedford NM; Lu X; Yun J; Amal R; Wang DW, 2019, 'Refilling Nitrogen to Oxygen Vacancies in Ultrafine Tungsten Oxide Clusters for Superior Lithium Storage', Advanced Energy Materials, vol. 9,

Daiyan R; Lu X; Tan X; Zhu X; Chen R; Smith SC; Amal R, 2019, 'Antipoisoning nickel-carbon electrocatalyst for practical electrochemical co2 reduction to CO', ACS Applied Energy Materials, vol. 2, pp. 8002 - 8009,

Zhang Q; Bedford NM; Pan J; Lu X; Amal R, 2019, 'A Fully Reversible Water Electrolyzer Cell Made Up from FeCoNi (Oxy)hydroxide Atomic Layers', Advanced Energy Materials, vol. 9,