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Centre Management Team

Centre Management Team


Scientia Professor Rose Amal

Co-Director of ARC Training Centre

Rose is a pioneer and leading authority in the fields of fine particle technology, photocatalysis and functional nanomaterials, making significant contributions to these fields of research over the past 25 years. Her current focus is on designing nanomaterials for solar and chemical conversation applications and engineering systems for solar induced processes, using the sun’s energy as a clean fuel source. Rose received the nation’s top civilian honour – the Companion of the Order of Australia – as part of the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours for her eminent service to chemical engineering. Rose is also the 2019 NSW Scientist of the Year.

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Professor Francois-Aguey Zinsou Kondo

Co-Director & Theme Leader - Hydrogen Storage

Francois has over 12 years of experience in the field of hydrogen technology. As the leader of the Material Energy Research Laboratory in nanoscale (MERLin), co-director of the ARC Training Centre for the Global Hydrogen Economy (GlobHE), and a co-founder of both H2Store and LAVO, Francois has played an instrumental role in the development of hydrogen technologies including hydrogen storage, fuel cells, technologies for the effective catalytic combustion of hydrogen, and hydrogen technology prototyping supporting the commercialization of hydrogen technologies. He was awarded 2018's Australia’s most Innovative Engineer, and was a 2015 and 2017 finalist of the Australian Museum Eureka Prize.

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Professor Chuan Zhao

Deputy Director & Theme Leader - Hydrogen Production

Chuan is a Professor at the School of Chemistry at the University of New South Wales, and the Head of UNSW Nanoelectrochemistry Lab. Chuan has over 10 years of experience in hydrogen technologies including water electrolysis and fuel cells, and is one of the pioneers in developing non-precious metal-based electrocatalysts for hydrogen production. Chuan led significant commercialisation projects on water electrolysers and fuel cells which underpinned a flagship project of UNSW Torch Innovation Precinct and the establishment of the first commercial hydrogen generation-refuelling station in Shenzhen. Chuan received many awards, and currently he holds a prestigious Professorial Future Fellowship from Australian Research Council and chairs the Electrochemistry Division Royal Australian Chemical Institute.

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Professor Behdad Mogthaderi

Theme Leader - Hydrogen Safety

Behdad is a Professor and the Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Newcastle. He is also the Director of the Priority Research Centre for Frontier Energy Technologies and Utilisation. Behdad's research focused on technologies for minimisation of greenhouse gas emissions in the power generation, petrochemical, mining and process industries. He worked closely with industry and government informing/influencing policy and practice. He developed and commercialised 'GRANEX' heat engine. In 2018, Behdad was awarded the ExxonMobil Award of Excellence in Chemical Engineering for the establishment of the world's first large-scale testing facility for the assessment of Ventilation Air Methane (VAM) abatement systems at the Londonderry testsafe facility.

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Associate Professor Iain Macgill

Theme Leader - Techno-economic analysis

Iain MacGill is an Associate Professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications at the University of New South Wales, and Joint Director (Engineering) for the University’s Centre for Energy and Environmental Markets (CEEM). He leads work in two of CEEM’s three research areas -  Sustainable Energy Transformation  including energy technology assessment and renewable energy integration, and Distributed energy systems including ‘smart grids’ and ‘smart’ homes, distributed generation and demand-side participation. As the leader of theme 4, Iain is leading the GlobH2E - UNSW team in the consortium of Australian and German research and industry partners to test the viability of a renewable energy-based hydrogen supply chain between the countries.

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Professor Peta Ashworth

Theme Leader - Social Policy and Education

Peta Ashworth is a Professor and UQ Chair in Sustainable Energy Futures and has responsibility for the Master of Sustainable Energy (Management). In 2020, she was appointed as Director of the Andrew N Liveris Academy for Innovation and Leadership. She is well known for her expertise in the energy field with research focuses on understanding public attitudes to climate change and energy technologies (wind, CCS, solar PV, geothermal) for climate mitigation.

Peta co-authored the CSIRO Home Energy Saving Handbook to help Australian householders save money and reduce their overall energy use, and she has an interest in designing processes for engaging on complex and contested issues with a focus on science and technology innovations. She was awarded an EU Horizon 2020 research project - Responsible Research and Innovation Practice (RRI – Practice), which aims to explore the drivers and barriers to the successful implementation of RRI practice in a global context.

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Dr Mandalena Hermawan

School of Chemical Engineering, UNSW Sydney

Centre Manager

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