Research Tuesdays

Research Tuesdays

Our researchers are driven by the desire to understand.

They work to uncover new knowledge and shed light on the world's biggest challenges. From tackling Meningococcal B to finding energy solutions for the future, our discoveries make a difference to people's lives across the world.

At Research Tuesdays we share this knowledge, every month. If you're curious about the changing world, we invite you to join us.

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Upcoming event

Hydrogen headway

Hear how our researchers have developed a single-step process for producing green hydrogen that could change the world.

Demand for green hydrogen—a zero-carbon fuel—is expected to grow six-fold by 2050.

The International Energy Agency has called for investment in it, US President Joe Biden has backed it with US$9.5bn, and China’s named it one of the “six industries of the future”. Everyone agrees it’s critical to meet global net-zero targets. However, it’s not cheap.

Conventional green hydrogen is produced using renewable energy. Fields and fields of solar panels or wind farms power the electrolysis process. We end up with a fantastic, clean energy source—but fossil fuels still cost less. The financial incentive to switch is simply not there.

So, what if we skipped the wind farms altogether? Got rid of electrolysis? This is what researchers at the University of Adelaide are working on—and they’ve now patented an apparatus that separates water into hydrogen and oxygen using only solar radiation. This single-step process for producing green hydrogen could completely change the game—and the world.

Join us to hear about this exciting leap toward an affordable green future.

The presenter

Professor Gregory Metha is the immediate past head of chemistry at the University of Adelaide. Previously, he was an Australian Research Council fellow and post-doctoral fellow at the universities of British Columbia and Sydney.

Date: Tuesday, October 11
Time: 5:30pm

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2022 schedule

Date Research topic Presenter
11 October Hydrogen headway Professor Greg Metha
8 November Battery recycling and the solutions for the future Professor David Lewis & Professor Zaiping Gao

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