Designing new CO2 reduction electrocatalysts and advanced photoanodes for solar fuels generation


In this presentation, a brief overview of Dr Lee’s research activities at the Intelligent Polymer Research Institute, University of Wollongong will be given. His recent work in the development of electrocatalysts for electrochemical CO2 reduction, and advanced photoanodes for photoelectrochemical water splitting will be presented. A strategy was devised for rapid synthesis of Ag-based CO2 reduction catalysts that exhibited high selectivity and efficiency in CO2 electroreduction to CO. These free-standing silver nanosheets were produced in under 10 min, and offers to date the shortest fabrication time for producing CO2 reduction electrocatalyst directly onto conductive materials. Dr Lee will also share with us the use of 3D printing technology to fabricate advanced photoelectrodes which provided beneficial features towards enhanced photoelectrochemical water splitting.

Speaker’s Profile:

Dr. Chong-Yong Lee obtained his B.Sc. (Hons) in Chemistry and M.Sc. in Materials Chemistry from the Universiti Putra Malaysia. He completed his PhD in Electrochemistry at Monash University (Australia) and joined Chemistry Department, University of Cambridge (UK) in 2013. Initially appointed as a Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) research associate, he was then awarded a competitive Intra-European Marie Curie research fellowship focused on enzymes based semi-biological approach for fuel productions. Dr Lee joined Intelligent Polymer Resarch Institute (IPRI) in 2015 taking up a University of Wollongong Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellowship position. His current research interests are the development of new materials for clean energy conversion and storage applications. Dr. Lee has published a book chapter and 43 journal articles, with a H-index of 17.