Catalyst design for converting carbon dioxide into valuable chemicals

Project opportunity

This Earmarked Scholarship project is aligned with a recently awarded Category 1 research grant. It offers you the opportunity to work with leading researchers and contribute to large projects of national significance.

This project aims to use solar energy to convert carbon dioxide, the primary greenhouse gas that drives global climate change, into valuable chemicals via catalytic reduction. This project expects to facilitate the selective production of valuable ethylene from carbon dioxide reduction by developing novel cocatalyst materials derived from metal-oxo cluster molecules. Expected outcomes include fundamental understanding of the structure-property relationship in new catalytic systems, and technological breakthroughs in reducing carbon dioxide emissions.

The successful applicant will be supervised by Dr Haijiao Lu (ARC DECRA 2023) and Prof Lianzhou Wang (ARC Laureate Fellow), and work with a team of experienced researchers and develop expertise in nano energy materials.

Scholarship value

As a scholarship recipient, you'll receive: 

  • living stipend of $32,192 per annum tax free (2023 rate), indexed annually
  • tuition fees covered
  • single Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)


Dr Haijiao Lu

School of Chemical Engineering


Preferred educational background

Your application will be assessed on a competitive basis.

We take into account your

  • previous academic record
  • publication record
  • honours and awards
  • employment history.

A working knowledge of catalysis, especially electrocatalysis and photo(electro/thermo)catalysis would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

The applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field(s) of materials science, renewable energy, and environmental remediation and the potential for scholastic success.

A background or knowledge of chemistry and/or physics disciplines is highly desirable.

Latest commencement date

If you are the successful candidate, you must commence by Research Quarter 1, 2024. You should apply at least 3 months prior to the research quarter commencement date.

If you are an international applicant, you may need to apply much earlier for visa requirements.

How to apply

You apply for this project as part of your PhD program application.

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