Mr Mohammad Ziaur Rahman

Mr Mohammad Ziaur Rahman
  • Biography/ Background

    Dr. Rahman has pursued PhD (from October 2014 to January 2018) with  Prof. Shizhang Qiao ( at School of Chemical Engineering. His PhD research was focused on photophysical and physicochemical design principles of functional nanomaterials, and elucidation of relevant photochemistry and electrochemistry for solar fuel (hydrogen) production via water-splitting.

    Dr. Rahman is currently a postdoctoral fellow in Prof. Mullin's Group at John J. Mcketta Dept. of Chemical Engineering & Dept. of Chemistry, University of Texas at Austin, USA. Since October 2018, he concurrently also holds a visiting scholar position at School of Chemical Engineering, The University of Adelaide.

  • Qualifications

    PhD in Engineering

    School of Chemical Engineering, The University of Adelaide, Australia.


  • Awards & Achievements

    1. Dean's Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence 2018, The University of Adelaide
    2. Best Research Quality in Energy Materials (PhD) 2018, The University of Adelaide.
    3. Selected as one of Forty (40) 'Young Researcher world-wide' in material science by International Union for Materials Research Socities (IUMRS) to attend 'VI World Material Summit' in Strasbourg, France, 2017.
    4. Selected as one of the Five Australian Nominees to compete for 'IUMRS Forum for Next Generation Researchers 2017' and 'VI World Material Summit' in Strasbourg, France.
    5. Adelaide Scholarship International (ASI), 2014 to 2017.
    6. Travel Grant from ANSTO, 2017.
    7. "Dean list of honor" for excellence in undergraduate studies, 2005.
    8. Stood 2nd among all graduates in EEE, 2005.
    9. Primary and Junior Scholarhsip (govt.) in Talent Pool.


  • Research Interests

    Functional nanomaterial synthesis and characterization, Semiconductor physics, Materials chemistry, Physical chemistry, Material science, Solar energy conversion, Photocatalysts, Optoelectronics, and Electronic devices etc.

  • Research Funding

    • Adelaide Scholarship International
    • Discovery Project, Australian Research Council
  • Publications

    Book Chapter

    Rahman M., Edvinsson T., X-Ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy for lead halide perovskites:Characterization Techniques for Perovskite Solar Cell Materials, 2019 (Elsevier).


    Selected Journal Publications


    Rahman M., Boschloo G., Hagfeldt A., and Edvinsson T., Mechanistic understanding of low photovoltage in pyrite absorber for extermely thin-film solar cells applications, 2019 (Submitted).

    Rahman M., Mullins C., Undertsanding Charge Transport in Carbon Nitride for Enhanced Photocatalytic Solar Fuel Production, Accounts of Chemical Research, 2019, 52, 248.

    Rahman M., Edvinsson T., What is limiting the FeS2 solar cells performance?, Joule, 2019, 3, 2290.

    Joshua P. Pender,  Joseph V. Guerrera,  Bryan R. Wygant,  Jason A. Weeks, Ryan A. Ciufo, James N. Burrow,Mitchell F. Walk, Mohammad Z. Rahman,  Adam Heller  and C. Buddie Mullins, Carbon Nitride Transforms into a High-Capacity Li+ Storing N-doped Carbon Without Graphitization, ACS Nano, 2019, 13, 9279.

    Rahman M., Edvinsson T., How to make a most stable perovskite solar cell?, Matter, 2019, 1, 562.

    Rahman M., Thyer  J.,  and Edvinsson T., Surface polarity, water adhesion and wettability behaviors of iron pyrite, Materials Today (Proc.) 2019 (accepted).



    Rahman M., Moffatt J., Spooner J., Topological Carbon Nitride: Localized Photon Absoprtion and delocalized Charge Separation at Intertwined Photocatalyst Interface, Materials Horizon, 2018, 5, 553.

    Rahman M., Davey K., Mullins C., Tuning the Intrinsic Properties of Carbon Nitride for High Quantum Yield Photocatalytic Hydrogen Production, Advanced Science, 2018, 5, 1800820 [Invited article].

    Rahman M., Kwong P., Tang Y., Reduced Recombination and Low-Resistive Transport of Electrons for Photo-Redox Reactions in Metal-Free Hybrid Photocatalyst, Applied Physics Letters, 2018, 112, 253902.

    Rahman M. and Davey K., Enabling Pt-free photocatalytic hydrogen evolution on polymeric melon:Role of amorphization for overcoming the limiting factors, Physical Review Materials, 2018, 2, 125402.

    Rahman M., Davey K., Qiao S.Z., Carbon, Nitrogen and Phosphorous Containing Metal-Free Photocatalysts for Hydrogen Production: Progress and Challenges. Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 2018, 6, 1305 [Hot paper] [Invited article]

    Rahman M., Batmunkh M., Baterdene M., Shapter J., and Mullins C.,  p-Type BP Nanosheet Photocatalyst with AQE of 3.9% in the Absence of a Noble Metal Cocatalyst: Investigation and Elucidation of Photophysical Properties. Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 2018,6, 18403.



    Rahman M., Tapping C. P., Kee T, Smernik R, Spooner N, Moffatt J, Tang Y, Davey K.R., Qiao S.Z., A Benchmark Quantum Yield for Waterphotoreduction on Amorphous Carbon Nitride, Advanced Functional Materials, 2017, 27, 1702384.

    Rahman M., Davey K.R., Qiao S.Z., Advent of 2D Rhenium Disulfide (ReS2):Fundamentals to Applications, Advanced Functional Materials, 2017, 27, 1606129.

    Rahman M., Davey K.R., Qiao S.Z., Counteracting Blue-shift Optical Absorption and Maximizing Photon-Harvest in Carbon Nitride Nanosheets Photocatalyst, Small, 2017, 13, 1700376.

    Rahman M., Zhang J., Tang Y.H., Davey K., Qiao S.Z., Graphene Oxide Coupled Carbon Nitride Homo-Heterojuction Photocatalyst for Enhanced Hydrogen Production, Materials Chemistry Frontiers, 2017, 1, 562. [Hot paper]



    Rahman M., Kwong C.W., Davey K., Qiao S.Z., 2D Phosphorene as a Water Splitting Photocatalyst: Fundamentals to Applications. Energy & Environmental Science, 2016, 9, 709. (IF ~ 33.25)

    Rahman M., Ran J.R., Tang Y.H., Jaroniec M., Qiao S.Z., Surface Activated Carbon Nitride Nanosheets with Optimized Electro-optical Properties for Highly Efficient Photocayalytic Hydrogen Production, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 2016, 4, 2445 [Hot paper].



    Selected Conference Proceedings (out of PhD research only)

    Rahman M. and Qiao S.Z.,'Enhancing Visible-Light Photocatalysis on Melem', International Symposium on Energy Conversion and Storage Materials (ISECSM 2017), Brisbane, Australia.

    Rahman M. and Qiao S.Z.,'Thermally Exfoliated 2D Nanosheets of Amorphous Carbon Nitride (ACN) ', 8th International Conference on Green and Sustainable Chemistry (GSC8 2017), Melbourne, Australia.

    Rahman M., Davey K.R., Qiao S.Z.,'Recombination Suppressed Amorphous Carbon Nitride (ACN) Nanosheets Photocatalyst for Co-Catalyst Free Solar Hydrogen Production', 9th International Conference on Materials for Advanced Technologies (ICMAT 2017), Singapore.

    Rahman M., Davey K.R., Qiao S.Z.,'Caramelin as an Infra-Red Light Absorber and Charge-Separation Enhancer for Photocatalytic Hydrogen Production', 9th International Conference on Materials for Advanced Technologies (ICMAT 2017), Singapore.


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Entry last updated: Tuesday, 17 Dec 2019