Three researchers at the forefront of their fields discuss the latest developments in nanoscience and technology that would help pave the way for the necessary transition to cleaner forms of energy.
Hear from Anita Ho-Baillie, leader in perovskite solar cell research; hydrogen technology leader Kondo-Francois Aguey-Zinsou; and Deanna D'Alessandro, chemist and director of Net Zero Initiative at the University. Alice Motion, chemist, science communicator and Interim Director of the University of Sydney Nano Institute (Sydney Nano) hosts this discussion.
Each of the researchers are strong advocates for the technologies that they’ve spent their careers building and in this event they will share their vision for the technologies developed within their teams.
This public event was held on Thursday 4 May 2023 at the University of Sydney and presented with Sydney Nano.
Kondo-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.
Deanna D’Alessandro is a chemist and professor at the Schools of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, and Chemistry, at the University of Sydney. She is also director of the Faculty of Engineering’s Net Zero Initiative. This team aims to help government, industry and communities manufacture, deploy and adopt cost-effective, low emissions technologies at scale. Deanna has over 16 years’ professional experience in materials science. She is passionate about interdisciplinary efforts to address climate change through net zero and negative emissions technologies.
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). 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 and 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.
Alice Motion is a chemist, science communicator and Interim Director of the University of Sydney Nano Institute. Alice’s 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.