Rachel A. Caruso*

RMIT University
Chemistry Building
124 La Trobe Street 
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Advancements in a range of energy and environmental applications have been observed over the past decades due to targeted enhancement in materials properties. Key to the improvements being observed are the ability to control the structure and composition of the material. In this presentation, a number of approaches, such as hydrothermal/solvothermal, templating and electrospinning, will be described that show control over the morphological features of inorganic materials. The variation in crystal size, pore size, and outer morphology can be observed using x-ray diffraction, electron microscopy and gas sorption techniques. The materials synthesised have been tested for potential application in water cleaning through photocatalysis or heavy metal ion adsorption, as electrodes for solar cells and lithium based batteries for energy storage. An example, shown in Figure 1, is the TiO2/graphitic carbon nitride material, developed as mesoporous spheres having good interfacial contact between the TiO2 and carbon nitride, which showed promising photocatalytic properties. 

Biographic Details
Rachel A. Caruso    
Title: Director of the Advanced Materials Enabling Capability Platform, Professor of Chemistry
Affiliation, Country: RMIT University, Australia
Phone: +61 3 9925 2146 E-mail: rachel.caruso@rmit.edu.au
Research interests: porous materials, metal oxides, photocatalysis, photovoltaics, lithium-based batteries


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