The ranks of the Faculty of Science have been bolstered with the arrival of world leading hydrogen storage researcher Professor Kondo-Francois Aguey-Zinsou to the School of Chemistry.
With more than a decade of experience in hydrogen research across the tertiary and private sectors, Professor Kondo-Francois Aguey-Zinsou arrives with a reputation of academic excellence and industry expertise, strengthening the university’s capabilities in hydrogen storage technologies.
Across his career, Professor Aguey-Zinsou has authored over 150 peer-reviewed articles exploring energy, hydrogen storage, batteries and more, while also founding H2Potential, Australasia's first scientist-led company focused on growing the global hydrogen economy.
Professor Aguey-Zinsou cites the university’s reputation for research and enabling academics to reach their full potential as key drivers for joining the School of Chemistry.
The University of Sydney has a great reputation of being at the forefront of thinking and the great challenges facing society both in Australia and globally. I look forward to collaborating with my colleagues to undertake research that expands Australia’s potential to be positioned as a leader in the hydrogen space.
As an expert in hydrogen storage technologies, Professor Aguey-Zinsou has worked to develop materials that enable the safe storage, distribution, and transport of hydrogen with the aim of advancing the technology and implementing it as a tool toward a decarbonised world.
“Australia needs technical expertise, graduates, and innovative solution to support its ambition to become a world- leading hydrogen export nation.”
Professor Aguey-Zinsou hopes to see Australia seize the opportunities available via early investment in hydrogen and believes that engagement with the research and development sector will allow Australia to develop a “hydrogen valley”, owning key hydrogen technologies that will drive future markets.
“Australia is blessed with a significant amount of renewable resources that can be harvested to generate hydrogen that could help to decarbonise the world” states Professor Aguey-Zinsou.
“This is a great ambition and a huge task that cannot be solely driven by the private sector, especially if we want to create real value for the Australian people, including local jobs.”