ARC Nanotechnology Network
Professor Rose Amal

Professor Rose Amal

Director, NSW/ANU node ARC Centre for Functional Nanomaterials
Applied Science Building, University of New South Wales, High Street, Kensington, Sydney, NSW 2052
Research Group: Particle and Catalysis Research Group, ARC Centre for Functional Nanomaterials, University of New South Wales
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Phone: 02 93854361
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Current Research Activities

Prof Rose Amal has been involved the area of particle technology for over 10 years. During the last 5 years she has undertaken extensive research into fine particle aggregation, photocatalysis and more recently, nanoparticle synthesis and their applications. She has also applied her expertise on particle microproperties to particle macroproperties in solid-liquid separation technologies.

She has secured a large number of external grants from sources including the Australian Research Council (ARC), CRC-Waste Management and Pollution Control (WMPC), Environmental Trust Funds and the Sugar Research Development Corporation (SRDC). The total funding amassed has exceeded $4 million.

She has published over 120 refereed papers and has strong links with various industry members and public sectors.

Existing Linkages

The group has strong collaborations with leading researchers overseas. A collaboration with Dr Lutz Madler and Prof. Pratsinis from the Particle Technology Laboratory (PTL) at ETH involved testing the photocatalytic properties of novel nanoparticles prepared by the ETH researchers in Zurich. The photocatalysis work on the photoreduction of selenium involved active collaboration with Dr Pierre Pichat, from the laboratory of Photocatalyse- CNRS at Ecole Central de Lyon. The Se-loaded TiO2 particles were subjected to photoconductance and oxygen isotopic exchange (OIE) experiments in Dr Pichat's laboratories .

The work on nanosized TiO2 has involved active collaboration with Dr Qian Qiu Zhao, and Dr Lu Zhang from the Nanotechnology Laboratory at the Particle Science and Technology (PARSAT) group at the Experimental Station, DuPont USA. Dr Beydoun spent 3 months as a visiting scientist in the Nanotechnology Laboratory, supported by an ARC Linkage International Award. This work involved studying nanosized TiO2 particles synthesised using sol-gel, aerosol and plasma processing. Using these methods of preparation, a series of TiO2 samples of varying physical and chemical properties were closely studied, and their ability for photooxidation and photoreduction reactions was assessed. Knowledge gained in the area of nanoparticle synthesis using different techniques in an industry based research environment is of great benefit and will facilitate local production and commercialisation of advanced nanomaterials within Australia.