Professor Rose Amal

ARC Australian Laureate Fellow, Scientia Professor, Particle and Catalysis Group, School of Chemical Engineering
The University of New South Wales
ERA 2018 Chair

Professor Rose Amal is a Scientia Professor at The University of New South Wales (UNSW) and an ARC Australian Laureate Fellow. A chemical engineer and leader of the Particles and Catalysis Research Group at UNSW, Professor Amal was previously also the Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Functional Nanomaterials (2010–2013).

Professor Amal is recognised as a pioneer and leading authority in the fields of fine particle technology, photocatalysis and functional nanomaterials having made significant contributions to these related areas of research over the past 15 years. Her research contributions span from fundamental chemistry to applied chemical engineering fields; from material science and nano-research to a specialised photochemistry field. Her current research focuses on designing nanomaterials for solar and chemical energy conversion applications (including photocatalysis for water and air purification, water splitting, development of indoor self-cleaning materials, and low temperature catalytic reactions) and engineering systems for solar induced processes, using the sun’s energy as a clean fuel source.

Over the last 10 years, Professor Amal has received significant funding to support her research through the ARC Centre of Excellence for Functional Nanomaterials, and through the ARC Australian Laureate Fellowships, Discovery Projects, Linkage Projects, Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities, and Linkage International schemes). She has published >450 publications which have cumulatively received over 11,700 citations.

Professor Amal has successfully supervised over 30 PhD students, 5 Masters students and more than 80 Honours students in fields relating to environmental and energy technologies, including 8 university medallists and over 20 Australian and International Postgraduate Award holders.

Professor Amal has received numerous prestigious awards including: being listed in the Australia's Top 100 Most Influential Engineers (2012­­–2015), the ExxonMobil Award (2012), the Judy Raper Women in Engineering Leadership Award (2012), the NSW Science and Engineering Award—Emerging Research (2011), the UNSW Scientia Professor (2009), the Freehills Award (2008), and the UNSW Vice Chancellor’s Award for Research Supervision Excellence (2003). Professor Amal was an Honorary Fellow of Engineers Australia and a chair of IChemE (Australia) 2016–2017. She is a Fellow of Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (FTSE) and a Fellow of Australian Academy of Science (FAA).