WA Branch Chemaraderie February 2024

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Come to WA Branch Chemaraderie February 2024



The pivotal role of catalysis in solar-to-hydrogen conversion


Professor Hongqi Sun

School of Molecular Sciences


5.30pm Tuesday20 February 2024




Hydrogen has attracted global attention because of its great potential in the battle to combat climate change. As an energy carrier, it emits only water vapour after it is consumed, as compared to heavy carbon emissions from fossil fuels combustion. This talk firstly introduces the global hydrogen tide, followed by different hydrogen production technologies, which lead to different “colour” of hydrogen. It will carefully examine whether “green hydrogen” is a perfect solution for energy sustainability. Alternative applications of hydrogen, for instance, chemical synthesis and green steel, will be discussed. The pivotal role of catalysis in various hydrogen production processes, e.g., electrolysis, methane reforming, and photocatalytic water splitting, will be explained in detail. Talking solar-to-hydrogen conversion as an example, the fundamentals and advances in photocatalysis, photoelectrocatalysis, and photothermal catalysis will be discussed. Design of nanostructured catalysts, novel catalytic reactions, and new reactors for hydrogen production will be jointly contributing to the feasibility and practicality of green hydrogen production. Some conclusions and perspectives will be provided for future research and industry applications.


The speaker is the Professor of Chemistry in School of Molecular Sciences at The University of Western Australia (UWA), Australia. He was the Professor/Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering in 2016-23 at Edith Cowan University (ECU), and a Senior Research Fellow/Curtin ECR Fellow/Research Fellow in 2009-16 at Curtin University. He is a current member of the ARC College of Experts, Delegate to the Australia-USA Hydrogen Research Partnerships, and Board Director at Minerals Research Institute of Western Australia (MIRWA). He serves as the Edior-in-Chief for Cleaner Chemical Engineering (Elsevier) and Assocaite Editor for RSC Advances. His research focuses on novel energy catalysis and environmental remediation. He has published over 300 journal papers, recieved > 35,000 citations and achieved an H-index of 104 in Google Scholar. He has been a Highly Cited Researcher (Web of Science) since 2019, and was named Top 40 Australian Research Superstars (The Australian, 2020), and WA Mid-Career Scientist of the Year in 2023 Premier’s Science Awards.

Date:     Tuesday20 February 2024

Time:     From 5.30pm.  Presentation commences at 6.00pm. 

               Refreshments prior and at seminar conclusion

Venue:   ChemCentre

                Exhibition Area,

                Building 500, Curtin University

               Plenty of free parking is available close to the venue at this time of day.

Cost:      $15 Members, $30 Non-members, $5 students.

Online registration is required. Cash Payment cannot be accepted on the evening.


Thank you to our generous Chemaraderie sponsor ChemCentre

20/02/2024 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
W. Australia Standard Time
Curtin University Perth WA AUSTRALIA

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