Photo switchable product selectivity control in hydroamincation reactions

Study level


Master of Philosophy

Topic status

We're looking for students to study this topic.


Dr Sarina Sarina
Research Fellow (DECRA)
Division / Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Professor Huai Yong Zhu
Division / Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty


Controllable product selectivity is of equal importance to efficient reactant conversion in chemical synthesis. Achieving high selectivity of the desired product is often a significant hurdle since the reactants in synthetic processes are usually heated to achieve a high reaction rate and this heating generally reduces differences between competitive reaction pathways and can create a substancial amount of by-products.

An extensive number of studies have been performed to reduce unwanted by-products. If light irradiation applied in photocatalytic selective synthesis could determine the reaction pathways with the same catalyst material, it could prove useful to addressing this challenge.

Research activities

In this project, we will utilise low-flux visible light to control the adsorption on the catalyst surface for accelerating reaction and tuning product selectivity.

The approaches proposed in this project will enable us to achieve tuneable/controllable product selectivity and extra-fast reaction kinetics for target synthesis, which are not achievable by the catalysis processes under heating.


Photocatalytic chemical production investigated in this project will achieve significantly higher product-selectivity. This will reduce the cost by minimising of waste and removing the technical requirements of conventional thermal catalyst processes.

This preliminary research will inspire not only reduce the reliance on fossil fuel-based energy but also the efficiency of chemical production.

Skills and experience

This project is open to candidates who are interested in multidisciplinary research. This includes existing knowledge of physics, optics, catalysis and organic synthesis.


You may be able to apply for a research scholarship in our annual scholarship round.

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