- Associate Professor Eric Waclawik
- Associate Professor
Faculty of Science,
School of Chemistry & Physics
- Discipline *
- Physical Chemistry (incl. Structural), Materials Engineering, Chemical Engineering
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PhD (Flinders University of SA)
- Professional memberships
- Member of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute, MRACI
Semiconductor Nanocrystals, Plasmonic Nanoparticles, Photocatalysis, Nanotechnology, Quantum Dots, Carbon Nanotubes, Self-Assembly, Titania, Titania Nanotubes, Zinc Oxide
I was awarded my PhD from Flinders University in the field of gas-phase molecular spectroscopy in 1997 (PhD. Supervisor – Prof. Warren D. Lawrance). I continued studies as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto in 1997, studying surface photochemistry with Prof. D. Jamie Donaldson and then in the field of high-resolution molecular spectroscopy (cavity microwave spectroscopy) at the University of Exeter with Prof. Anthony Legon, F.R.S. (1998 – 2000). In mid-2000, I returned to Australia, where I developed a laboratory course of Nanotechnology experiments at Flinders University as a Lecturer at Flinders University until 2003. In 2003 I joined the Queensland University of Technology, where I am now an Associate Professor of Physical Chemistry and lead a research program studying the controlled growth and deposition of inorganic semiconductor nanocrystals, quantum dots and their applications. My research bridges the fields of materials science, spectroscopy and photonics. I publish on these topics in collaboration with national and international experts based in universities and research institutes in China, Italy, Germany and the UK.
I have published more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles during my career and have successfully supervised 24 HDR student completions since 2007, with three also receiving a “QUT outstanding thesis award” since 2014.
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. We explore the influence of size, shape and inter-particle distances of plasmonic NPs on the field enhancement, effects of nanoparticle modification and analyse the transfer of energy during the photocatalysis and the photocatalytic reaction kinetics and mechanisms.
Areas of expertise
- Inorganic Semiconductor Nanocrystal Synthesis
- Metal Oxide Gas Sensors
- Quantum Dots
- Inorganic Semiconductor Nanostructures
- Carbon Nanotubes
- Prof. H.-Y. Zhu, A. Prof E. R. Waclawik, Prof. Dr. J.-C. Gao “Optimising Catalyst Performance by Tuning Adsorption with Light” ARC Discovery Project DP200102652 (2020 – 2022) $446,000
- A. Prof. Eric R. Waclawik, Dr. K. C. Vernon, A. Prof. E. A. Jaatinen “UV Nano-Lights: Nonlinear Quantum Dot-Plasmon Coupling” US Air Force: The Asian Office Of Aerospace Research & Development FA2386-14-1-4056 (2014 – 2015) $150,486
- A. Prof. E. R. Waclawik, K. C. Vernon, E. A. Jaatinen “UV nanolights: Enhancing nonlinear emission from Quantum Dots through Plasmon Coupling” US Air Force: The Asian Office Of Aerospace Research & Development FA2386-13-14016 $45,000 (2013).
- Dr. E. R. Waclawik “Networked Solar Powered Nanosensors for Remote Area Surveying” Queensland 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 Areas” QLD Smart State Futures Program. National and International Research Alliances (NIRAP). AU$1.45 Million (2009-2012).
- Martin R. Johnston, Joseph G. Shapter, Eric R. Waclawik “Development of an Adjustable Porphyrin-based Molecular Platform for Nanotechnology Applications” ARC Discovery Project DP0557818 $210 000 (2005 – 2007)
Selected research projects
- UV nanolights: Enhancing Nonlinear Emission from Quantum Dots & Nanocrystals through Plasmon-Coupling
- Applications, Synthesis and Characterisation of Titania Nanotubes.
Teaching discipline: Chemistry
Teaching areas: Physical chemistry
- Prangige E, Sarina S, Waclawik E, Ayoko G, Han P, Jia J, Zhu H, (2019) Plasmonic switching of the reaction pathway: Visible-light irradiation varies the reactant concentration at the solid-solution interface of a gold-cobalt catalyst, Angewandte Chemie - International Edition p12032-12036
- Han C, Meng P, Waclawik E, Zhang C, Li X, Yang H, Antonietti M, Xu J, (2018) Palladium/graphitic carbon nitride (g-C3N4) stabilized emulsion microreactor as a store for hydrogen from ammonia borane for use in alkene hydrogenation, Angewandte Chemie (International Edition) p14857-14861
- Xiao Q, Sarina S, Waclawik E, Jia J, Chang J, Riches J, Wu H, Zheng Z, Zhu H, (2016) Alloying gold with copper makes for a highly selective visible-light photocatalyst for the reduction of nitroaromatics to anilines, ACS Catalysis p1744-1753
- Fernando J, Shortell M, Noble C, Harmer J, Jaatinen E, Waclawik E, (2016) Controlling Au Photodeposition on Large ZnO Nanoparticles, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces p14271-14283
- Gao G, Jiao Y, Waclawik E, Du A, (2016) Single atom (Pd/Pt) supported on graphitic carbon nitride as efficient photocatalyst for visible-light reduction of carbon dioxide, Journal of the American Chemical Society p6292-6297
- Chang J, Waclawik E, (2014) Colloidal semiconductor nanocrystals: controlled synthesis and surface chemistry in organic media, RSC Advances p23505-23527
- Chang J, Waclawik E, (2013) Controlled synthesis of CuInS2, Cu2SnS3 and Cu2ZnSnS4 nano-structures: insight into the universal phase-selectivity mechanism, CrystEngComm p5612-5619
- Sarina S, Waclawik E, Zhu H, (2013) Photocatalysis on supported gold and silver nanoparticles under ultraviolet and visible light irradiation, Green Chemistry p1814-1833
- Yang D, Liu H, Zheng Z, Yuan Y, Zhao J, Waclawik E, Ke X, Zhu H, (2009) An efficient photocatalyst structure: TiO2(B) nanofibers with a shell of anatase nanocrystals, Journal of the American Chemical Society p17885-17893
- Morgan D, Zhu H, Frost R, Waclawik E, (2008) Determination of a morphological phase diagram of titania/titanate nanostructures from alkaline hydrothermal treatment of degussa P25, Chemistry of Materials p3800-3802
For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.
Awards and recognition
- Reference year
- Networked Solar Power Nanosensors for Remote Area Surveying. This QLD International Fellowship was awarded to undertake collaborative scientific study with world-leading gas sensor researchers at the University of Brescia, Italy. This research project designed a solid-state nitrous oxide gas sensor on a chip. Nitrous oxide is a potent greenhouse gas, 300x more powerful than carbon dioxide. The chip was designed for deployment and continuous monitoring of greenhouse gas emissions in remote agricultural areas in Queensland.
Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)
- Optimising Catalyst Performance by Tuning Adsorption with Light
- Primary fund type
- CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
- Project ID
- Start year
- Experimental investigation of laser beam shaping for micro-manufacturing applications
PhD, Associate Supervisor
Other supervisors: Professor Esa Jaatinen, Dr Matt Shortell
- Nickel and Palladium Based Photocatalysts for Visible Light Enhanced Organic Synthesis
PhD, Associate Supervisor
Other supervisors: Professor Huai Yong Zhu
Completed supervisions (Doctorate)
- Nonlinear Optical Properties of ZnO and ZnO-Au Composite Nanostructures for Nanoscale UV Emission (2017)
- Crystal Seeding and Photochemistry of Gold-Zinc Oxide Hybrid Nanoparticles (2016)
- Development of Visible Light Photocatalysts for Organic Fine Chemical Production (2016)
- The Interaction of Quantum Dots with Plasmons Supported by Metal Waveguides (2016)
- Zinc Oxide Quantum Dot Nanostructures (2014)
- Controlled Synthesis of Inorganic Semiconductor Nanocrystals and their Applications (2013)
- Controlled Growth of Carbon Nanotubes for Electronic and Photovoltaic Applications (2011)
- Alkaline Hydrothermal Treatment of Titanate Nanostructures (2010)