This project aims to provide the breakthrough information that is required to improve the efficiency of water splitting, by directly real-time observing, for the first time, photocatalysis at the nanoscale in a transmission electron microscope.
Water splitting by means of photoelectrochemical cells, is regarded as the most economical way to acquire the clean and renewable fuels principally hydrogen. However, long-lasting issues such as low sunlight to hydrogen conversion rate, photocorrosion of the catalysts, inadequate knowledge of the photocatalytic mechanism and expensive noble metal decoration, restrict the development of efficient water splitting system for spontaneous hydrogen/oxygen reaction evolution. This project aims to clarify the fundamentals of these problematic issues via in-situ STEM investigation and the outcome will provide new conception and knowledge to address the long-lasting issues within the community in terms of instability and efficiency.
The additional supervisor for this project is Dr Jiangtao Qu, he is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Australian Centre for Microscopy & Microanalysis.
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The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is 2845