School of Chemical Engineering

The research of the Clean Energy & Water Group focuses on design and preparation of advanced materials for electrochemical energy storage, water purification, low-temperature methane combustion, and carbon dioxide utilization.

Current research projects include:

  • Optimisation and configuration of electrode materials for maximizing supercapacitor performance
  • Development of graphene electrode for Li-ion batteries
  • Development of silver-containing materials as disinfectants
  • Graphene-based photocatalysts for water purification
  • Synthesis of hierarchical zeolite catalysts for low-temperature methane combustion
  • Mesoporous silica spheres as gene and drug carriers
  • Self-assembly of microspheres for fabricating 3D colloidal photonic crystals and macroporous structures as sensors and waveguides.

The overall objective of the research group is to develop novel high-surface-area materials with prescribed surface and morphological properties for emerging applications and for upgrading existing technologies.

The research of the Clean Energy & Water Group involves international and national collaborations with the following organisations:

  • JIUTAI Energy (China)
  • Environmental and Water Industry (EWI) Council (Singapore)
  • Nanijing University (China), Sichuan University (China)
  • Qingdao University (China), Beijing University (China)
  • Beijing Institute of Technology (China)
  • Centre de Recherche Paul Pascal (France)
  • Duke University (USA)
  • University of New South Wales
  • Advanced Water Management Centre
  • Curtin University of Technology.

The research also involves collaborations with many UQ colleagues.

  • Dr Zhigang Xiong
  • Dr Hao Wu
  • Dr Chun Xiang Cynthia Lin
  • Professor Huan-Yan Xu

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PhD Students
  • Mr. Ehsan Pipelzadeh
  • Mr. Binghui Xu
  • Ms. Yi Gu
  • Ms. Luhong Zhang
  • Mr. Alireza Hosseinmardi

Professor Zhao has been teaching a postgraduate student course, Colloids and Surfaces, and a couple of undergraduate student courses, such as Chemical Reaction Engineering, Applied Heterogeneous Catalysis, Materials Science and Engineering, and Chemical Engineering Principles.

Team Location

Room 132, Level 1
Don Nicklin Building (74),
The University of Queensland

Group Leader:

Professor George Zhao
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School of Chemical Engineering
Building 74, Don Nicklin Building
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The University of Queensland
St Lucia QLD 4072 Australia.

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Group Leader Biography

George Zhao gained his BSc degree from School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Shandong University, China, in 1987. He worked as a research fellow/senior research fellow at Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences since then. In 1995, he moved to Brisbane as a visiting scholar at the Department of Chemical Engineering, The University of Queensland.

From 1996 to 1998, he was a PhD candidate at the same department, working on mesoporous adsorbents. He earned his PhD in Engineering in March 1999. From January 1999, he worked as a UQ Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the same department. In June 2001, he joined the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, National University of Singapore, as an Assistant Professor, then became an Associate Professor in January 2006.

In November 2010, he was awarded an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow to work at the School of Chemical Engineering, The University of Queensland, as a full professor. He also holds a couple of joint/adjunct positions, such as Si-Yuan Professor of Nanjing University, Guest Professor of Sichuan University, and Taishan Professor of Qingdao University.