Project: Ion Exchange Membrane for CO2 Electrolysers

Academic lead: Professor Xiwang Zhang
The University of Queensland

Ion-exchange membranes, including proton exchange membranes (PEMs) and anion exchange membranes (AEMs), are pivotal components in CO2 electrolysers. The ARC GETCO2-funded project is dedicated to developing the next generation of PEMs and AEMs, featuring high selectivity, prolonged durability, affordability, and scalability. Our methodology encompasses three primary strategies:

  • Designing and synthesising novel polymers with customisable molecular structures and chemical properties at a molecular scale.
  • Developing advanced materials with uniform intrinsic pores, such as 2D materials, Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs), and Covalent Organic Frameworks (COFs).
  • Crafting composite and hybrid membranes by integrating these new polymers with advanced materials.
  • The objective is to enhance the functionality of PEMs and AEMs membranes. We are currently offering several PhD scholarships and postdoctoral positions in this exciting field.

PhD Candidate Requirements:

  • A robust background in membrane fabrication, polymer science, and functional materials.
  • Proficient writing and communication abilities.

Postdoctoral Candidate Requirements:

  • A doctoral degree (or nearing completion) in chemical engineering, materials engineering, or a related discipline.
  • Extensive experience in PEM and AEM membranes, coupled with a strong foundation in electrochemistry.
  • A proven track record of publishing in high-impact journals.
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills, with a demonstrated ability to produce clear and concise reports and documents.

Interested applicants are encouraged to submit their CVs to Professor Xiwang Zhang (