Chemistry Seminar Series 2014/15 - Part 1
Featuring Dr Anthony O’Mullane & Dr. Hugh Geaney.
Part 1 of the 2014/15 Chemistry Seminar Series takes place on September 17th 2014 in Kane G18 from 3-5pm. Full details on the presentations are as follows:
Speaker: Dr. Anthony O’Mullane, School Chemistry, Physics and Mechanical Engineering, QUT, GPO Box 2434, Brisbane, QLD 4001, Australia.
Title: An Electrochemical Adventure Down Under: Fabrication, Characterisation and Utilisation of Electroactive Nanomaterials.
Biography: Dr Anthony O’Mullane is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow and Senior Lecturer at Queensland University of Technology (Australia). He received his PhD degree (2001) from University College Cork (Ireland) and completed postdoctoral fellowships at Technische Universitat Darmstadt (Germany), the University of Warwick (UK), and Monash University (Australia). He previously held a position (2008) at RMIT University (Australia) until moving to QUT in 2013. Dr O’Mullane’s research interests are the electrochemical synthesis and characterisation of nanostructured materials; electrocatalysis; catalysis; semi-conducting charge transfer complexes; Li batteries; and the application of electrochemical methods to various aspects of physical, chemical and biological science. He is the co-author of 90 peer reviewed journal articles and 15 conference papers. In addition he is currently the chair of the Electrochemistry Division of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute.
Speaker: Dr. Hugh Geaney, Applied Nanoscience Group, Department of Chemistry, University College Cork.
Title: Towards a better understanding of Li-O2 batteries: the role of current collectors, electrolytes and cathode materials.
Biography: Dr. Hugh Geaney received a B.Sc. in Industrial Chemistry and PhD. in Chemistry from the University of Limerick in 2008 and 2012 respectively. His PhD. research focused on the development of novel catalytic methods for the bottom-up growth of Si, Ge and Si/Ge nanowires. He started a postdoctoral position in UCC in November 2012 as part of a European FP7 project (STABLE) aimed at improving the performance of Li-O2 batteries towards automotive applications. This research is principally focused on devising novel routes for improving the efficiency of Li-O2 batteries. Particularly, he is interested in the role of catalysts in Li-O2 batteries and their role in facilitating a fully rechargeable system.