Rose Amal

  • Centre Deputy Director, Scientia Professor
  • University of New South Wales

Professor Rose Amal AC is a UNSW Scientia Professor and was an ARC Laureate Fellow. A chemical engineer, and leader of the Particles and Catalysis Research Group, she is the Co-Director of the ARC Training Centre for the Global Hydrogen Economy (GlobH2E). She is the Powerfuels including Hydrogen Network (PFH2N) Lead for the NSW Decarbonisation Innovation Hub.

Professor Amal is recognised as a pioneer and leading authority in the fields of fine particle technology, photocatalysis and functional nanomaterials, having made significant contributions to these related areas of research over the past 20 years. Her research contributions span from fundamental chemistry to applied chemical engineering fields; from material science and nano-research to a specialised photochemistry field. Her current research focuses on designing catalysts for solar and chemical energy conversion applications (including photocatalysis for water and air purification, water splitting, CO2 reduction to make Syngas and NOx reduction to generate ammonia) and engineering systems for solar-induced processes, using the sun’s energy as a clean fuel source.

She has published > 500 journal publications which have cumulatively received close to 40 thousand citations, with an H-index of 105 (as of April 2023, Google Scholar). She has successfully supervised over 75 PhD students, 20 Masters students and more than 200 honours students in fields relating to environmental and energy technologies.

Professor Amal has received numerous prestigious awards including the 2023 Clean Energy Medal by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), the James Cook Medal (2021), and the CHEMECA medal (2021). Rose was named the 2019 NSW Scientist of the Year, and was listed in Australia’s Top 100 Most Influential Engineers (2012-2015).

She is a Fellow of Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (FTSE), a Fellow of Australian Academy of Science (FAA), Fellow of Royal Society NSW (FRSN) Fellow of IChemE, and Honorary Fellow of Engineers Australia. She has received Australia’s top civilian honour – the Companion of the Order of Australia – as part of the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours, for her eminent service to chemical engineering, to education as a researcher and academic, and to women in science as a role model and mentor.

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