The next giant leap is seriously small.
Join Alice Motion for this fun, interactive event to get a clear vision on how nanotech might just be the answer to our energy problems. Hear from leading reweable energy researchers in the fields of carbon capture, solar energy, nuclear energy and clean hydrogen as each advocates for the technologes they've spent their careers building as a solution to fossil fuel. Join in the debate and have your say by voting for the technology you think is most viable!
this event they must work together, negotiate and find compromised solutions to one of our greatest challenges.
as we hear from a panel of experts in the area of renewable energy on why the
- Carbon capture, solar power, nuclear energy, clean hydrogen – these are just some of the renewable technologies touted as solutions to fossil fuel, but how can these different areas of science and technology work together to be part of a shared solution? Each underpinned by nanoscience and driven by new technological development, political will and economic investment we have united x experts to collaborate on a Roadmap to Renewables that will map out the timeline, required investment and public awareness building necessary for a transition to cleaner forms of energy for Australia’s shared future. Each of our researchers are strong advocates for the technologies that they’ve spent their careers building, in this event they must work together, negotiate and find compromised solutions to one of our greatest challenges. Join us for a Sydney Ideas event in partnership with the University of Sydney Nano Institute to hear from experts and share your perspectives as part of our discussion
We are envisioning that this will be an interactive event with audience participation and voting.
What is nano?
Learn about the world on a small scale
Under those conditions, light and matter behave in ways that differ significantly from those we are familiar with on everyday scales. These behaviours often defy the classical laws of physics and chemistry and can only be understood using the laws of quantum mechanics.
Nanoscience and nanotechnologies present a range of exciting opportunities for the world – exciting not just because of the remarkable material properties and device capabilities we have already seen, but because of the enormous potential for future discoveries and technologies of which we have only just begun to scratch the surface.
Our nanoscience and nanotechnology research is impacting a huge variety of areas including energy and the environment; health and medicine; and communications, computing and security.
Alice Motion is a chemist and leading international science communicator based at The University of Sydney. She completed her Phd at the University of Cambridge, where she worked with colleagues to develop two new chemical reactions. Her current research focuses on open science and Science Communication, Outreach, Participation and Education (SCOPE). Finding ways to connect people with science and to make research more accessible is the overarching theme of Alice’s interdisciplinary research. In 2015, she was named as one of ABC RN and UNSW's Top 5 Under 40 in recognition of her passion for sharing science stories. Alice is the co-host of the ABC Science podcast, Dear Science, and has been the host of a weekly science slot on FBi Radio's breakfast show since June 2015.
Professor Anita Ho-Baillie is the John Hooke Chair of Nanoscience at the University of Sydney, an Australian Research Council Future Fellow and an Adjunct Professor at University of New South Wales (UNSW). She completed her Bachelor of Engineering degree on a Co-op scholarship in 2001 and her PhD at UNSW in 2005. Her research interest is to engineer materials and devices at nanoscale for integrating solar cells onto all kinds of surfaces generating clean energy. She is a highly cited researcher in 2019, 2020 and 2021. She has been identified as one of the leaders in advancing perovskite solar cells. Her achievements in setting solar cell energy efficiency world records in various categories have placed her research at the forefront internationally.
Francois Aguey-Zinsou is Professor of Chemistry at the University of Sydney, where he leads the MERLin (Materials Energy Research Laboratory in nanoscale) group– School of Chemistry and with 20 years experience, he is one of the leading experts in hydrogen technologies,advising many key stakeholders.
Francois Aguey-Zinsou is Director of the Australian Association for Hydrogen Energy, Vice-President of the Australian French Association for Research and Innovation, Co-director of the Australian-French Research Network FACES and the ARC Training Centre for Hydrogen GlobH2E, and Chief Investigator of Hy-Supply. He is also the President and CTO of H2potential.
Francois Aguey-Zinsou hold 3 master degrees, in Physics, Physical Chemistry, and Material Science. He is co-founder and director of H2potential. H2Potential is a consulting company focused on Hydrogen. H2potential provides expert, independent advice and identify emerging technologies, innovative use-cases and appropriate partners that result in lower implementation risks and faster return on investment.
He has received many awards, including the 2018 Australia’s Most Innovative Engineers award and the 2014 ICheme ChemEng365 award, and was finalist of the 2017 Make the Planet Great Again Call, the 2017 and 2015 Australian Museum Eureka Prizes in Excellence in research innovation.