Image of a membrane developed at UNESCO
Water shortage is a major issue across the world and, in particular, in Australia. One research centre is looking at new membrane technologies that are a cost effective alternative for delivering pure water and energy simultaneously.
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100% efficient fuels with zero by-products?
Increasing the speed of chemical reactions has many industrial applications, but probably no application so important or relevant right now than the petroleum industry.
From synthesising petrochemicals to the production of biofuels and even the purification of gas from car exhaust, a faster reaction time will have many implications on purity, efficiency and waste.
Researchers at the School of Chemical Engineering are tackling this problem head on, using ‘in-situ’ tools to probe reaction mechanisms, mathematical models to optimise reaction mechanisms, and large scale chemical reactors.
The aim: to move towards 100% efficiency and zero by-products in the production of chemical feedstocks and the synthesis of fuels directly from sunlight.
One research centre, inspired by the photosynthetic processes in which light is converted into chemical energy by green plants, are using photocatalysts to mimic this natural process for the production of hydrogen.
Top left: electrochemical measurement, top right: H2 generation setup, bottom left: H2 evolution, bottom right: water splitting rig
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