Prof. Rachel Caruso is the Director of the Enabling Capability Platform for Advanced Materials and Professor of Chemistry at RMIT University. Her research has focused on controlling the structure of inorganic materials during their synthesis. These materials have potential application in the areas of energy conversion and storage and the removal or breakdown of pollutants in aqueous solution. By careful control of the porosity and ensuring high surface area of the materials, they have been applied in dye-sensitised and perovskite based solar cells, lithium ion batteries, photocatalysis and as heavy metal adsorbents.