Water, energy, and the environment were listed as part of the “Top Ten Problems Facing Humanity Over the Next 50 Years" by Dr Richard Smalley. To address these challenges, researchers must propose transformative approaches to energy production and environmental remediation, and overcome obstacles pertaining to the control of nanomaterials' properties.

Following this vision, our research focuses on the rational design, characterisation and testing of new multifunctional nanomaterials as a platform for addressing environmental, water and energy sustainability (via, for instance, new approaches to CO2 capture and conversion as well as water purification). To accomplish this goal, both in-situ and ex-situ characterisation techniques are used to investigate the separation, catalytic, kinetic and thermodynamic properties of novel nanomaterials.

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