A major component of research at the nanomaterials centre investigates new materials for clean energy applications.

The generation, storage and transport of clean energy is one of the most pressing problems facing our society today, in the light of climate change, rapid growth in developing countries and the dwindling sources of fossil fuels. Research projects that address some of these issues have been part of the Centre's programs since the beginning.

The major focus of our Centre’s research lies in the areas of energy generation (fuel cell membranes, thin films with photovoltaic applications) and storage (hydrogen storage materials). The projects  have produced a number of high impact publications and attract significant industrial input.



  • AIBN/Dow Chemical Alliance- Development of New Cathode Materials for Li-ion Batteries, Denisa Jurcakova, Lianzhou Wang

    This Dow-Chemical supported research program will enable us to develop new composite materials as cathodes for high performance lithium ion batteries, which are expected to have a higher charge/discharge rate.

  • Advanced Materials for New Generation High Energy Storage (Baosteel BAJRDC), Participate Investigator, Dawei Wang

    A new family of metal-free cathode materials will be developed for the high-capacity lithium batteries.

  • Flexible transparent electrodes for plastic electronics (CSIRO Flagship Project), Lianzhou Wang

    This Flagship program has focus on the new type of highly transparent conducting oxides which can replace the expensive benchmark conducting oxides for flexible electronics applications.


Nanomaterials for Clean Energy Alliance with the Chinese Academy of Science - The NIRAP Project (Lianzhou Wang, Jorge Beltramini)

This three year project aims to develop innovative materials that underpin emerging technologies for clean coal, hydrogen production, energy storage and hybrid and fuel cell vehicles. The alliance builds upon the existing expertise and strengths in Queensland in nanomaterials development, and those in the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) in energy storage and fuel cell research.

This project incorporates the following three research areas

  • Development of new carbon materials for supercapacitors
  • Design of nanostructured materials for photocatalytic applications and hydrogen strorage
  • Chemical routes for the transformation of biomass into hydrogen and clean fuels
  • New barrier materials for solar cells (CRC Polymer program),  Lianzhou Wang

    Lianzhou Wang and his group joined the CRC for Polymers in the Polymer Solar Cells sub-program investigating new barrier layer and photoanode materials for new generation solar cells. This CRC sub-program will focus on one of the key challenging issues of cell encapsulation and stability of third generation solar cells. The group aims to develop a new class of composite thin films as better sealing materials for solar cell application. 

  •  Designing new layered materials for efficient solar energy conversion (ARC Future Fellowship), Lianzhou Wang

    This ARC FF program will enable Lianzhou to focus on some exciting research programs in new nanomaterial design and development for efficiency solar energy utilisation including photocatalytic water/air purification, solar fuel generation and self-cleaning coatings.  

  • New cathode materials for lithium ion batteries. ( ARC LP ), Lianzhou Wang

  • Self cleaning thin films for anti-reflective solar cell coatings (ARC DP),  Lianzhou Wang

  • Designing plasmon-enhanced photocatalysts for solar-driven water pollutant removal. (ARC DP),  Lianzhou Wang

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