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Maggie Lim

PhD Candidate | UNSW Sydney

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"I graduated with Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) (Honours) in 2020. Being driven with the passion to providing a better living and carbon-free environment to the future generation, I pursue my career as a researcher in the field of renewable energy. I am dedicated to developing technologies to drive the transformation from the current fossil-powered age to a clean and green energy future."

  • Tell us about your research?


My research aims to develop a novel, self-sustaining electrocatalytic system to synthesising green ammonia. Particularly, my PhD projects focus on using advanced engineering techniques such as plasma pre-treatment hydrothermal synthesis approaches to develop high-performance, stable electrocatalysts. This system is promising as it utilises only air and water, is compatible with variable renewable energy and is intrinsically compatible with the decentralised production of ammonia, thus reducing transportation and storage costs.  

The outcome of this research can potentially further drive the development of global hydrogen industry. Being a carbon free energy carrier and a great hydrogen vector, ammonia liquid potentially becomes an efficient hydrogen energy carrier. In addition to its existing imperative roles as chemicals in manufacturing a wide range of chemicals, it has potential to overcome the limitations of the use of hydrogen as a fuel. It minimizes the need for extensive hydrogen storage space and ensures safer storage and easier transportation.  

  • Where did you complete your undergraduate studies?

I completed my Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical Engineering with Honours Class 1 at UNSW.


  • Where do you think the most urgent advancement are needed in relation to hydrogen research? 


Hydrogen has received a lot of attention in research over the last decade, in which it is currently at the stage of early commercialization. One of the most urgent advancements required is further development into cost reduction and streamlining of manufacturing at scale to meet the future demand. However, more research into alternative materials is required to reduce the strain critical mineral consumption. Another key aspect is raising awareness and educate the public about hydrogen and its benefits and safety.


  • What has your experience been like working with GlobH2E? 


It has been an amazing experience working with GlobH2E. The academic and financial supports provided by GlobH2E have never been a problem. We also have a dedicated committee to promote the research in hydrogen and its applications. More importantly, GlobH2E provides an opportunity for us to do industrial training during our PhD study, which is I believe is a key benefit for a HDR student compared to other programs. 

Supervisor: Dr Emma Lovell, Prof Rose Amal and Dr Rahman Daiyan

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