Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA)
Dr Ludovic Dumee
Development of two-dimensional nano-porous membranes.
This project aims to develop new desalination membranes able to selectively remove contaminants from liquid effluents with greater cost efficiency and lower environmental footprint. It aims to do this by forming hierarchical membranes, where nano-scale pores generated across nano-porous two-dimensional materials are seeded with highly selective micro-porous crystals. These membranes will reduce the cost of desalination, developing new markets beyond the sole field of water desalination, in resource, solvent recovery and protein fractionation.
Dr Huacheng Zhang; Dr Xinyi Zhang; Dr Aaron Thornton; Professor Benny Freeman
Engineered ion channels for selective and switchable ion conduction.
This project aims to develop an innovative bio-inspired approach for fabricating angstrom-sized ion-channel membranes with specific ion selectivity, high ion conductivity and efficient gating function comparable to biological ion channels. Engineering of artificial channels with ion-channel-like shapes, ion selectivity filters and functional gates is expected to bring high-efficiency technologies to applications such as membrane separation and energy conversion. This project has potential to result in new knowledge of biomimetic design of artificial ion-channel membranes and directly benefit manufacturing industry for Australia.
Professor Vicki Chen; Associate Professor Deanna D’Alessandro
Putting metal organic frameworks to work at interfaces.
This project aims to develop new strategies to better synthesize ultrathin Metal-organic framework (MOF) membranes by nano-structured and chemically functionalized substrates. MOF materials have enormous potential due to the extraordinary structural and chemical diversity of these crystalline microporous materials and their potential applications in gas storage, separation, catalysis and sensing. However, a major challenge is fabricating thin robust MOF films or patterns on porous, flexible, and nonporous substrates, quickly and easily in order to construct useful devices. The project will grow ultrathin layers of molecular sieving and electroactive MOFs to produce technology platforms for large scale device manufacturing.