Birck Nanotechnology Center

George Zhao Seminar

February 7 @ 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM - Birck room 2001

Abstract: Porous materials have found many traditional applications, such as petroleum refining, ion exchange, gas separation and purification, and optoelectronics, benefiting from the highly ordered pore structure and huge specific surface area. Recent emerging applications, such as sustainable energy, water technology, and nanotechnology require advanced porous materials with well-defined structural, interfacial, compositional, and morphological properties. This new paradigm presents challenges and opportunities.

The well-known architect Robert Le Ricolais stated "The art of structure is where to put the holes". For creating advanced porous materials for emerging applications, a suitable paraphrase would be "The art of making porous materials is how to control the size and connectivity of the pores". This presentation discusses our recently demonstrated approaches to making advanced porous materials for electrochemical energy storage, photo catalytic water disinfection and detoxification, catalysis, gas storage, and photonic technology.

Bio: George received his BS degree in 1987 from Scholl Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Shandong University, China. He then worked as a research fellow/senior research fellow at Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences. In 1995, he moved to Brisbane as a Visiting Scholar to work at the School of Chemical Engineering, The University of Queensland. From 1996 to 1998, he was a PhD candidate of UQ working on mesoporous absorbents. After he earned his PhD in Engineering in 1999, he worked as a UQ Postdoctoral Research Fellow. In 2001, he joined the Dept. of Chem. and Bimolecular Eng. National Univ. of Singapore, as an Asst. Prof. and was promoted to Assoc. Prof. in 2006. IN 2010, he was awarded an Australian Research Council Future Fellow. He took up the fellowship in 2011 to work at the School of Chem. Eng., The Univ. of Queensland, as a Chair Professor of Sichuan Univ. Shandong province Taishan Scholars Chair Professor of Qingdao Univ., Guest Professor of China Petroleum Univ. and Adjunct Professor of Curtin University of Technology.


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