Medal for Advanced Materials

Posted 27 March 2017

For his contributions to the field of advanced electrochemical materials for energy storage and conversion, Associate Professor Chuan Zhao has been honoured by the International Association of Advanced Materials (IAAM) with a prestigious IAAM Medal.

The NanoElectrochemistry group, led by Zhao, develop novel nanomaterials, and their applications, for clean energy and biomedicine. For sustainable energy solutions, this UNSW team of Nanoscientists utilise materials in abundant supply, rather than rare and precious metals, to create their electrocatalysts.

Zhao recently published work on the development of a cheap and highly efficient electrode – made with nickel and iron – for splitting water to produce hydrogen fuel. This research published in the journal, Nature Communications, in 2015 is one of the foundation projects for the UNSW–China Torch Initiative announce in 2016.

IAAM Medals are awarded annually to researchers from all over the world, working in a range of advanced materials fields. Zhao presented his IAAM Medal Lecture entitled “Nanostructured earth-abundant electrocatalyts for water splitting” during the recent Asian Advanced Materials Congress organised by the IAAM. Previous awardees of the IAAM Medal are listed here.

For the first time, the Advance Materials Congress (11 – 16 March 2017) was held in Asia this year – upon the Diamond Princess Cruise Ship cruising from Singapore, to Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Phuket, and then back to Singapore.

“The goal of the congress is to provide a global platform for researchers and engineers coming from academia and industry to present their research results and activities in the field of advanced materials and technology,” the organisers say on the conference webpage.

[Pictured: Chuan Zhao, and fellow medalist, is awarded the IAAM Medal at 2017 Asian Advanced Materials Congress, Singapore]