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Ziling Zhang

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PhD Candidate | UNSW Sydney

I completed my Bachelor of Chemical Engineering degree at UNSW and continued to a master’s degree in the same discipline at the National University of Singapore (NUS). Driven by a passion to confront one of the most pressing issues of our time: climate change, my master's thesis focused on electrochemical CO2 reduction, laying the groundwork for what would become my doctoral research. Today, as a PhD candidate, I am dedicated to designing and synthesizing novel catalysts capable of electrochemical CO2 reduction with high selectivity and activity. Through my research, I spire to contribute to the development of technologies that can transform industrial processes, reducing their carbon footprint and, ultimately, mitigating the impact of climate change on our planet.

Project title: Designing catalysts for the electrochemical CO2 reduction in acidic condition

My current project aims to design and synthesize a novel catalyst capable of operating efficiently within acidic environments for the electrochemical reduction of CO2. The goals include achieving high selectivity and activity towards desired reduction products and ensuring catalyst stability under acidic conditions, which can counteract the generation of bicarbonates and increase CO2 utilization efficiency. The project employs a multifaceted approach to catalyst development, including the catalyst synthesis, characterization of the physiochemical properties (TEM, SEM, XRD, and XPS), and evaluation of their electrochemical performance through chronoamperometry tests. The successful development of this acid-stable, highly selective catalyst could revolutionize the upper and down streams technologies, offering a sustainable pathway to caron-neutral production. Advancement holds the promise of significant environmental and economic benefits, driving the process towards industrialization and commercialization.

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