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2023 Laureate Profile: Professor Yusuke Yamauchi

Administering Organisation: The University of Queensland

Fellowship Project Summary

FL230100095 - Materials Nanotectonics: Designing Conductive Inorganic Porous Materials

Professor Yamauchi aims to combine inorganic synthesis and machine learning to develop new conductive porous catalysts based on cheap and abundant non-precious metals. These catalysts will be used to develop energy conversion devices that are more efficient at producing hydrogen. By using this approach, transition metals can be combined with nonmetals creating mesoporous materials with precise control of their internal space allowing the correlations between structure, composition, properties, and performance to be revealed. It is expected that valuable intellectual property will arise from this project which will be licensed to industry partners for large-scale manufacturing of these devices. In doing so, this project will help support Australia’s positioning as a global leader in hydrogen-based renewable energy technology and reduce its dependence on fossil fuels.

Australian Research Council funding: $3,095,070

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