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Associate Professor Eric Waclawik

Science and Engineering Faculty,
Chemistry, Physics, Mechanical Engineering,
Nanotechnology and Molecular Science

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Name
Associate Professor Eric Waclawik
Position(s)
Associate Professor
Science and Engineering Faculty,
Chemistry, Physics, Mechanical Engineering,
Nanotechnology and Molecular Science
Discipline *
Physical Chemistry (incl. Structural), Materials Engineering, Chemical Engineering
Phone
+61 7 3138 2579
Fax
+61 7 3138 1804
Email
Location
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Identifiers and profiles
ORCID iD
Qualifications

PhD (Flinders University of SA)

Professional memberships
and associations
  • Member of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute, MRACI
Keywords

Semiconductor Nanocrystals, Plasmonic Nanoparticles, Photocatalysis, Nanotechnology, Quantum Dots, Carbon Nanotubes, Self-Assembly, Titania, Titania Nanotubes, Zinc Oxide

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008

Biography

Research themes: Health, Energy and Environment Research discipline: Chemistry

Research areas:

Research Interests – Quantum Dots, Semiconductor Nanocrystals, Plasmonic Nanostructures I lead a research team investigating the shape-and-size controlled synthesis of inorganic semiconductor nanocrystals and quantum dots, principally by hydrothermal and microwave-based methods. The potential applications for these monodispere nanocrystals in the sphere of photonics and photocatalysis are truly enormous. Our interests focus on harnessing plasmonic metal nanoparticles and semiconductor nanocrystals for photocatalysis and nonlinear optics. Nanoparticle-Based Plasmonics & Nonlinear Optics Research: Our group is exploring the potential of an exciting new means to convert visible light into UV light using extremely compact, precisely coupled-nanoparticle systems. The novelty of this approach is that we intend to use localised surface plasmons supported by the NPs to stimulate nonlinear interactions in a coupled NP-QD system. Our thesis is that when noble metal nanoparticles (NPs) are coupled to semiconductor quantum dots (QDs), together they can effectively absorb visible light and generate UV light. Collaboration with Assoc. Prof. Esa Jaatinen & Dr Kristy Vernon, QUT Physics.

ZnO Nanowire Gas Sensors: for agricultural & mining applications. Nanowire sensors demonstrate superior performance and low power consumption. They employ the same metal oxide materials used in dye-sensitised solar cells and integrate these devices together yielding miniature, self-powered, greenhouse-gas sensors for application in networks for remote monitoring.

Titania Nanotubes: Titanium dioxide is a promising photocatalyst which can break-down organic pollutants. We have investigated hydrothermal methods to synthesise nanotubes of titania. The structural changes that occur following hydrothermal treatment have been followed using transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Changes in Phase, structure and binding have been followed using powder x-ray diffraction, electron diffraction and Fourier Transform Raman spectroscopy.

Areas of expertise

  • Inorganic Semiconductor Nanocrystal Synthesis
  • Metal Oxide Gas Sensors
  • Quantum Dots
  • Inorganic Semiconductor Nanostructures
  • Carbon Nanotubes
  • Spectroscopy

Selected grants

  • Eric Waclawik, Kristy Vernon, Esa Jaatinen “UV nanolights: Enhancing nonlinear emission from Quantum Dots through Plasmon CouplingUS Air Force: The Asian Office Of Aerospace Research & Development AOARD-13-4016 $45 000 (Funded 2013).
  • Eric Waclawik “Networked Solar Powered Nanosensors for Remote Area SurveyingQueensland International Fellowship. AU$25 700 (Funded 2010).
  • Nunzio Motta, John Bell, Eric R. Waclawik, Tuquabo Tesfamichael, Muthuraaman Bhagavathi, Michele Giulianini, Guido Faglia, Matteo Ferroni, Maurizio De Crescenzi, Aldo Di Carlo, Kerry Walsh, David Midmore, Sylvia Tulloch, Gavin Tulloch “Solar Powered Nanosensors for Data Acquisition and Sensing in Remote AreasQLD Smart State Futures Program. National and International Research Alliances (NIRAP). AU$1.45 Million (Funding: 2009-2012).
  • Martin Johnston, Joseph G. Shapter, Eric Waclawik: Development of an Adjustable Porphyrin-based Molecular Platform for Nanotechnology Applications; ARC Discovery $210 000 (funded $70k for three years, 2005 – 2007) 

Selected research projects

  • UV nanolights: Enhancing Nonlinear Emission from Quantum Dots & Nanocrystals through Plasmon-Coupling
  • Photocatalysis
  • Molecular Resolution Studies of Polymer Self-Assembly at Carbon Nanotube Surfaces
  • Applications, Synthesis and Characterisation of Titania Nanotubes.
This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Eric Waclawik.

Teaching

Teaching discipline: Chemistry

Teaching areas: Physical chemistry

This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Eric Waclawik.

Publications


For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.

Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Title
Development of an Adjustable Porphyrin-based Molecular Platform for Nanotechnology Applications
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
DP0557818
Start year
2005
Keywords
Porphyrins; Self Assembly; Light Harvesting; Diimides; STM
Title
Modifying Structure and Properties of Carbon Nanotubes for Device Applications (MWN)
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LX0561885
Start year
2005
Keywords
Carbon Nanotubes; Organic Solar Cells; Doping; Ion Implantation

Supervision

Current supervisions

  • Non-plasmonic Metal Alloy Nanoparticle Photocatalyst for Product Selectivity Control in Organic Synthesis
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Jingsan Xu
  • New Photocatalysts for Organic Synthesis Reactions Driven by Visible Light
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Professor Huai Yong Zhu
  • Experimental investigation of laser beam shaping for micro-manufacturing applications
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Associate Professor Esa Jaatinen, Dr Matthew Shortell
  • Nonlinear Optical Properties of ZnO and ZnO-Au Composite Nanostructures for Nanoscale UV Emission
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Associate Professor Esa Jaatinen, Dr Kristy Vernon
  • Nickel and Palladium Based Photocatalysts for Visible Light Enhanced Organic Synthesis
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Professor Huai Yong Zhu
  • Synthesis of metal-semiconductor hybrid nanoparticles for non-linear optical applications
    Masters, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Associate Professor John McMurtrie

Completed supervisions (Doctorate)

Completed supervisions (Masters by Research)