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10 Nov 2017 -- Together with Prof. Cyrille Boyer, we have been awarded an ARC Discovery Project Grant on "Overcoming the Inherent Instability of Photocatalyst to Produce Solar Fuels". The Australian Research Council has generously awarded us a total of $386, 140 for 2018-2020.

06 Nov 2017 -- Dr. Shi Nee Lou has officially graduated her PhD degree. She is the 7th PhD student graduated from Ng's team! Shi Nee will join Prof. Pooi See Lee's group at NUS as a postdoctoral researcher soon.
29 Oct 2017 -- Yun Hau is announced the recipient of the Chemical Society Japan (CSJ) Lectureship Award 2018. He will be delivering a keynote presentation at the CSJ Annual Meeting in Tokyo next March.

30 July - 3 Aug 2017 -- Yun Hau is giving a keynote presentation at the Asian Powder Technology conference in Taiwan.

08 May 2017 -- Shi Nee has her solar battery work published in Advanced Energy Materials. Go check the work when it is online as it contains a cool "Iron Man" cell used in Synchrotron XRD facilities.

28 April 2017 -- Congratulation to Dr. Hui Ling Tan to receive UNSW Postdoctoral (writing) Fellowship.

13 March 2017 -- We have successfully received a grant from Defence Science Technology (DST) on the Maritime Future Technology Watch project.

28 November 2016 -- Our team is growing! Welcome our newest member Ms Xinxin Lu to our team. Let's have good time studying here!

1 November 2016 -- We have been awesomely awarded by Australian Research Council this round. As the lead CI, we receive an ARC Discovery Project with $315,000 on a water splitting project using anodisation-based synthesis. Together with other colleagues from UNSW, UTS, UQ and U. Adelaide, we also receive an ARC LIEF grant with $358, 275 to develop thin film photoelectrode facilities.

21 October 2016 -- Joining European Science Foundation as an ESF College of Expert Reviewers. European Science Foundation is an independent and non-profit organisation that aims at facilitating research management processes across Europe.

18 October 2016 -- Tze Hao uses Au/TiO2 to cleave carbon-carbon bonding of ethanol. He investigates the system using in-situ DRIFTS. You can see the work in ACS Catal. now.

10 October 2016 -- Welcome our latest PhD student Zhirun Xie to join our team. Zhirun will explore Z-scheme water splitting. Good luck! Zhirun won a highly competitive UIPA scholarship.

1-6 October 2016 -- Invited to deliver a talk in the "Metal oxides for solar fuels generation" Symposium at PRIME 2016, Hawaii. Will be meeting great electrochemist and photochemist in that event!

30 September 2016  -- Successfully granted 72 hours of beamtime by Australian Synchrotron! Our team is going to Melbourne to perform the in-situ liquid-junction XRD measurement. It is going to be exciting!

27 September 2016 -- Is Hui Ling again! Well done Hui Ling, another paper in ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces.

21-25 August 2016 -- Delivered an invited talk in Philadelphia -- ACS Fall Meeting. Have been actively involved in this symposium (Solar Energy Conversion, Energy and Fuel Division (ENFL)  for a number of years. The talk was about governing the charge transport in faceted BiVO4 for water oxidation.

26 July 2016 -- With Dr. Iwase and Prof. Kudo, one more time in J. Am. Chem. Soc. we reported our findings in graphene-mediated Z-scheme water splitting and CO2 reduction. Interestingly, this time we are able to use metal sulphide as the hydrogen-evolving photocatalysis in Z-Scheme environment, in which traditionally perceived as unfavorable condition as metal sulphide will experience photocorrosion.  

25 July 2016 - Welcome Yoshi (Yoshitaka Suzuki) to our team as the newest PhD student! He will be exploring p-type semiconductor for water and CO2 photoreduction. Yoshi obtains the very prestigious APA (Australian Postgraduate Award) scholarship!

21 July 2016 - Hui Ling ROCKS! Her work on looking at the interface between graphene and faceted BiVO4 has revealed that electron transfer is heavily affected by the crystal facet. This work is now published in advance view in SMALL

11-12 July 2016 - Organised the 1st UNSW-I2CNER (International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Research, Kyushu University) joint workshop. Received financial grant to initiate research collaboration with excellent scientists from Kyushu on clean energy! The workshop is enriched with a wonderful dinner in THE ROCK with magnificent view of Sydney. 

4-6 July 2016 - Organised the 2nd Energy Future Conference. A number of distinguished professors delivered plenary/invited talks in this conference. Among them are Prof. Zhiqun Lin (Assoc. Editor, J. Mater. Chem. A) and Prof. Zaiping Guo (Assoc. Editor, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces). Presentations in the conference will be published as special issues in three journals: Energy Storage Materials (Elsevier), Particle & Particle System Engineering (Wiley) and Energies (MDPI, open access). Ng serves as guest editor for the special issues in Particle & Particle System Engineering and Energies

17 June 2016 - Xunyu's work on electrochemical reduction of CO2 to CO is accepted for publication in Chem. Eur. J. It is selected as the Back Cover of the issue and highlighted by ChemPubSoc. Congratulations, Xunyu!

20 May 2016 - Our comprehensive review on carbon nitride as a photocatalyst is published in Chemical Reviews. It is also currently the most read paper (12 months duration) in that journal.

12 April 2016 - We are excited about the collaborative work with Prof. Sean Smith on investigating the roles of oxygen vacancies in MoO3 (Mobile Polaronic States in alpha-MoO3: An ab Initio Investigation of the Role of Oxygen Vacancies and Alkali Ions, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2016, 8, 10911)

05 April 2016 - Performed measurement at Australian Synchrotron. Exciting in-situ photoelectrochemical measurement. It should be first liquid-junction work using synchrotron.

24 Mar 2016 - Hui Ling's work on charge dynamics in facet-controlled BiVO4 is accepted for publication in J. Phys. Chem. Lett. One of our favorite journals from ACS. Well done Hui Ling.

22 Mar 2016 - Our work 'Frequency-regulated pulsed electrodeposition of CuInS2 on ZnO nanorod arrays as visible light photoanodes' was a HOT Article for 2015 and as such it has been included in the Hot Article 2015 web collection for Journal of Materials Chemistry A.

27 Feb 2016 - Jing Lin's second work with us within one year! He was a visiting PhD student in our team for one year (2014-2015). In this work, for the first time in my team we tackled the particulate matter (PM2.5) issue by designing membrane-like polyacrylonitrile nanofiber network modified with ionic liquids to capture cigarette-generated PM2.5 -- ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2016, DOI:10.1021/acsami.5b12313.

11 Feb 2016 - Our invited article on solar water splitting (Shi Nee's work) is now published in J. Mater. Chem. A as part of the themed issue highlighting 2016's rising researchers in materials chemistry research. The themed issue is named: EMERGING INVESTIGATORS 2016: Novel Design Strategies for New Functional Materials

04 Feb 2016 - Delivered an invited talk at Kyushu University -- International Institute of Carbon-Neutral Energy Research (I2CNER). It was a fruitful trip to discuss the future collaboration between Sch. Chem. Eng. UNSW and Kyushu University. Australian General Consular Mr. Tom Yates was hosting us during our stay in Fukuoka.

18 Jan 2016 - Become an Editorial Board member of the International Journal of the Institute of Materials Malaysia, which is an initiative by the Institute of Materials Malaysia (IMM). Feel good to serve and to build bridge and connection with Malaysian fellows in research. 

12 Jan 2016 - With Prof. Xile Hu from EPFL, we published Dr. Peng Wang's latest work on using CoP as a bifunctional catalyst for both the oxygen- and hydrogen-evolving reactions (ChemSusChem 2016, 9 (5), 472-477

10 Dec 2015 - Together with Dr. Jason Scott and Dr. Judy Hart, we have been awarded the SilverStar Award by UNSW for a project on improving anodisation method to fabricate functional photoactive thin film.

18 Nov 2015 - As one of the CIs (chief investigator), we successfully receive two facilities grants from MREII schemes to purchase a new Raman spectroscope and a position-sensitive dynamic X-ray diffractometer. A total of $340,000 is received. Look forward to seeing new toys next year!

10 Nov 2015 - Serve as grant review panel for The Innovation and Technology Commission (ITC), Hong Kong.

10 Nov 2015 - Peng is officially conferred her PhD degree today!

7 Nov 2015 - Peng Wang can conveniently tune n-type Cu2O into p-type Cu2O thin film using simple electrodeposition method. It is now accepted by J. Phys. Chem. C for publication.

5 Nov 2015 - Our first collaborative work with UPM in Malaysia just get accepted for publication in J. Hazardous Mater. It is also our first work on photoelectrochemical sensors. We use CdS decorated with reduced graphene oxide to detect Cu2+ ion in water under visible light.

1 Nov 2015 - Congratulation to Minsu! In last two weeks, he has two papers accepted for publication in Appl. Catal. A-Gen. Both works are on the H2 evolution using Cu-based photocatalysts! 

Welcome to Yun Hau Ng's research website. I am a lecturer affiliated with Particles and Catalysis Research Group (PARTCAT) in the School of Chemical Engineering at the University of New South Wales. My research focuses in the area of alternative and renewable energy through the approach of catalysis - namely photo(electro) catalysis, electrocatalysis and carbon (thermal) catalysis. Hydrogen generation from water (or waste water), photo-induced charge storage (solar battery), electrocatalysed oxygen evolution, liquid junction photoactive semiconductor thin films are within my expertise. My team members and I use a multidiciplinary approach, involving internal and external collaborations along with students from Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Materials Science, Photovoltaic and Physics, to study nanostructured materials as active components in energy conversion and storage processes. 

The research aims at gaining fundamental understanding involved in these areas with the ultimate goal to achieve real life application in industry. We observe experimental phenomena, study the fundamental principles lie underneath that guide the overall reactions in light energy conversion-storage. Investigation into the basic science equips us the ability to engineer better and more efficient systems for practical uses.