Invited Speakers

AHRC 2023 Invited Speakers

Dr Hongjun Chen - University of Sydney

Dr Hongjun Chen is currently a Research Fellow at the School of Physics, the University of Sydney (USYD). He received his PhD degree from the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2008. Before joining USYD in 2021, he worked at five international universities for more than 10 years. He has been awarded the Alexander von Humboldt fellowship and the University of Queensland fellowship and has been involved in several Australian Research Council Discovery Projects and Australian Renewable Energy Agency project on the research topic of the design and fabrication of efficient electrode/electrolyte interface for hydrogen production using the photoelectrochemical and photovoltaic-electrochemical methods. Up to now, he has published 99 peer-reviewed articles with h-index of 42. Recently, he focuses on the solar-driven production of clean hydrogen and value-add products and have submitted three IP applications on this topic.

Dr Yi-sheng (Eason) Chen - University of Sydney

Dr Yi-Sheng (Eason) Chen is a Senior Research Fellow and a University of Sydney Fellow at the Australian Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis and the School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering of the University of Sydney. Eason’s research interest is using advanced materials characterisation tools to study industry challenges in materials engineering. He specialises in cryogenic microscopy, particularly cryogenic atom probe tomography (cryo-APT). He uses cryo-APT to understand hydrogen embrittlement of steels and has two publications in Science on this subject. Eason’s research has attracted over 3 million Australian dollars of research funding, mainly from the Australian Research Council Linkage scheme and industry partnerships. Eason completed his PhD (2018) at the University of Oxford, United Kingdom, after a few years of industry services and his MS (2009) and BS (2007), both at National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan. He is a proud Taiwanese and a father of two lovely girls.

Rachelle Doyle - Research and Development, Rio Tinto

Rachelle is a passionate energy transition champion and clean energy leader. She is an experienced professional with over 20 years’ experience working in the energy and minerals processing with significant experience in provision of technology and engineering solutions for complex projects and operating environments. She believes building long-term meaningful relationships is critical to enable sustainability and energy transition to net zero emissions. 

Rachelle is Manager, Research and Development for Rio Tinto Iron Ore, the current chair of the Standards Australia ME-093 Hydrogen Technologies committee and a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers.

Dr Reza Fazeli - Zero-Carbon Energy

Dr Reza Fazeli is a Research Fellow at Zero-Carbon Energy for the Asia-Pacific Grand Challenge. He joined the ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science in January 2020. His main research interests are energy systems modelling focusing on the transition to renewable hydrogen, analysis of energy policies towards decarbonization and multi-criteria decision analysis for energy planning. He has explored the trajectories towards sustainable energy systems in Iceland, and Portugal. He received his PhD in Sustainable Energy systems from University of Porto, MIT-Portugal program. He has an MSc in Energy Systems Engineering from Sharif University of Technology and a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from University of Tehran. 

Dr Alberto Giaconia - Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development
Dr Sarb Giddy - Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation

Dr Sarb Giddey is Senior Principal Research Scientist and Group Leader in the Energy Technologies Program at Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) in Australia. Dr Giddey’s group is involved in R & D in renewable fuels production and utilization, and battery recycling technologies. Dr Giddey has over 20 years R & D experience in hydrogen related technologies and has played a key role in the development of CSIRO’s Electrolyser and fuel cell technologies, including the establishment of the Centre for Hybrid Energy Systems (CHES) in Melbourne.  He has led several multi-million dollar industrially focused projects related to renewable hydrogen and ammonia. Dr Giddey’s work on PEM Electrolyser technology has recently resulted in a spin-off company Endua, developing hydrogen-based power generation systems for remote area and off-grid power applications. Dr Giddey has authored over 70 publications and several patents in the hydrogen and fuel cell related technologies.

Dr Nawshad Haque - Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation Australia

Nawshad Haque is a Principal Research Scientist at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Australia and leads the Electrochemical Energy Systems Team. His team is developing low-cost electrolysers and other associated technologies for hydrogen energy systems. Dr Haque has over 20 years R&D experience since having a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Sydney. He has played a key role in the development of CSIRO’s technology evaluation capabilities including flowsheeting, techno-economic and life cycle assessment methodologies using various databases, tools and software. Dr Haque has strong interest in the evaluation of technologies for decarbonisation of the energy, mining, mineral processing and metallurgical industries. In his current role, Dr Haque has initiated several large international multiparty collaborative research relationships with the governments, industries leading to the establishment of multi-million-dollar projects related to various technologies for science capacity development. Dr Haque has co-authored more than 100 publications attracting numerous citations. Dr Haque is currently an elected Fellow of the Australian Institute of Energy, Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and a member of the TMS. He has assisted several journals including Minerals, Journal of Cleaner Production, Drying Technology, and a regular reviewer of International Journal of Hydrogen Energy. He has served as a Director of the Board of Australian Life Cycle Assessment Society for 10 years. Dr Haque has co-supervised CSIRO sponsored 11 PhD students and over 54 vacation scholarship projects to completion. He is an adjunct academic at the Swinburne, Monash and RMIT University in Australia.

Dr Tanveer Husain
Associate Professor Alfred Tok Ling Yoong - Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Dr Maria Jazmin - max-planck-institut für eisenforschung, Germany
Professor Olivier Joubert - Nantes University & CNRS

Olivier JOUBERT (1965) is presently full professor in Chemistry of Materials at University of Nantes and is Chair of electrochemical storage and conversion of energy group (ST2E) of “Institut des Matériaux Jean Rouxel (CNRS-IMN)”. The major research interests of professor JOUBERT revolve around development of new materials for technological applications such as high and intermediate temperature ceramic Solid Oxide (SO) fuel or electrolyser cells (SOFC and SOEC). He is co-author of 120 publications, 25 invited talks and 5 patents. Olivier Joubert is chairing the French Research Network on Hydrogen Energy which assembles the major French academic research groups in the field of electrolysis production and storage of hydrogen and also its conversion to electricity using fuel cell.

Dr Nikolai Kinaev - CSIRO

Bart Kolodziejczyk - Boston Consulting Group
Dr Aniruddha Kulkarni - Fortescue Future Industries
Dr Gang (Kevin) Li - University of Melbourne

Dr Gang (Kevin) Li, is an associate professor at the University of Melbourne. He obtained his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Tianjin University, and PhD (2010) in pressure swing adsorption technologies at Monash University. He received the ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) in 2013, Western Australia Innovator Of The Year prize, Exxon Mobile Award of Excellence in Chemical Engineering, and the ATSE David and Valerie Solomon Prize. He has more than 100 publications including Nature, Nature Comms, JACS, and AIChE J, and over 30 patents in the areas of hydrogen production, adsorption-based enrichment of coal bed methane, CO2 capture and reduction, and natural gas processing. His research has led to multiple spin-out companies to commercialize his inventions.

Dr Jingjing Liu - University of Auckland, New Zealand

Dr Jingjing Liu is a Research Fellow at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Her research background is across material processing, high-temperature thermal fluids and energy management, and electrochemical/electrolysis engineering. Her research interests span from fundamental research to application in the electrolysis industry. NZ Royal Society supports Jingjing’s current research to improve the process efficiency of green H2 production by water electrolysis. Dr Liu is also a Project Lead for the New Zealand Product Accelerator program. Currently, she is engaging with New Zealand companies, especially in green energy, to improve their products and processes and develop industrial technologies for New Zealand businesses.

Dr Emma Lovell - University of New South Wales

Dr Emma Lovell is a Senior Lecturer and ARC DECRA Fellow in Chemical Engineering at the University of New South Wales. Currently, her research focuses catalyst design for a range of environmental and energy related applications. Emma completed her PhD in 2016 at UNSW (and the University of Bremen) developing materials for carbon dioxide conversion. Her current research focuses on rational catalyst development for the energy and environmental applications including the conversion carbon dioxide, hydrogen generation and ammonia synthesis utilizing light, heat, electricity and plasma.

Dr Haijiao Lu - University of Queensland

Dr. Haijiao Lu obtained her bachelor’s degree in Science from Nankai University and in Engineering from Tianjin University in 2014. Supervised by Academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering Prof. Jingkang Wang, she obtained PhD degree from Tianjin University in 2019. During her PhD, she also worked as a visiting PhD student under the supervision of Prof. Dominic Wright at University of Cambridge. She worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Australian National University in 2019-2021, and then at the University of Queensland with Australian Laureate Fellow Prof. Lianzhou Wang from 2021. She has been awarded ARC DECRA fellowship 2023 (2023-2025). Her research is characterised by interdisciplinary feature, which lies at the intersection of organometallic chemistry, materials science, photo(electro)catalysis, and chemical engineering. I have an outstanding track record of 34 publications, including 30 peer-refereed journal articles (17 first-author), 1 book chapter (first-author), 1 conference paper, and 2 Chinese invention patents. These include 1 co-authored paper in Nature and 17 first-author publications in top journals such as Chemical Reviews, Advanced Materials, Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, Nanoscale, Chemosphere, and Chemical Communications.

Dr Nasir Mahmood - RMIT University

Nasir Mahmood is a Vice-Chancellor Senior Research Fellow at RMIT University, obtained his PhD from Peking University in 2015. His research interest involves the development of advanced materials for a sustainable society. He is one of the highly cited researchers in the World by Clarivate, WebofScience. His early career began at the University of Wollongong, Australia (2015-16) followed by securing a research fellow position at Tianjin University, China (2016-17). He has an excellent track record in publishing high-quality publications >130 with citations >11,000 and an H-index of 51 as well as holds 4 patents/applications and author of 10 books/book chapters, commercialization, attracting research funding and media attention, managing editorial responsibilities and organizing conferences. His research has been highlighted in more than 100 media blogs and magazines in 6 different languages across the world. He has been awarded several prestigious awards including the Beijing Science and Technology Award 2018 by the Municipal Government of Beijing, China in recognition of his contribution to the technological and economic advancement of Capital City Beijing, RMIT Vice-Chancellor Postdoctoral Fellowship (2019-2022) and RMIT Vice-Chancellor Senior Research Fellowship (2022-2026). He is also serving as an Associate Editor for Frontiers in Chemistry. 

Dr Paul Medwell - The University of Adelaide

Dr Paul Medwell is an Associate Professor and ARC Future Fellow in the School of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Adelaide. He has over twenty years of combustion research experience, and in the development and application of advanced laser diagnostic techniques for the measurement of flames and harsh reacting environments. Over the years, Dr Medwell has expanded his research interests to include fluid mechanics and energy utilisation more broadly, as well as biomass and biodigesters. Much of his current work is on the potential of hydrogen in the gas network, especially its integration with end-users.

He has published over 200 scientific articles, and regularly presents his findings to international audiences. In addition to his research work, Dr Medwell serves as an engineering consultant to industry and is an active contributor to the development of standards at national and international level.

Dr Volker Naumann - IMWS, Germany


Dr. rer. nat.

First name, last name

Volker Naumann

Job Position

Researcher, Team leader


Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS

City, Country

Halle, Germany

 Dr. Volker Naumann studied physics in Halle, Germany. He started his career at Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Photovoltaics CSP in 2008. From 2010 to 2021 he worked there as a researcher on diagnostics and microstructure analysis. He obtained his PhD in physics, with a thesis on root-cause analyses of Potential Induced Degradation of silicon solar cells, from Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg in 2014. Since 2017 he leads a team with focus on high-resolution materials analysis. In early 2022, he and his team moved to the group “Materials Diagnostics for H2 Technologies” at Fraunhofer IMWS. With their portfolio of advanced characterisation techniques, ranging from lock-in thermography over nearly ten orders of magnitude to analytical transmission electron microscopy, they are driving the development of new methods to elucidate degradation phenomena in PEM electrolysers and other components.

Volker Naumann is the author of more than 50 peer-reviewed papers, has given more than 40 conference presentations, has received ten awards, and holds three granted patents and five patent applications.

Associate Professor Mark Paskevicius - Curtin University

Mark Paskevicius is Associate Professor in the Department of Physics at Curtin University in Australia. His research is focussed on the storage of renewable energy. He is dedicated to developing new materials for solid-state hydrogen storage to store energy for automotive, stationary and export applications. He is also leading research into new solid-state ion conductors for battery applications, focussing on boron-rich materials.

Professor Joris Proost - UCLouvain, Belgium

Prof. Joris Proost holds a Master and PhD in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering from Louvain University (KULeuven) in 1994 and 1998, respectively. After spending 3 years at Harvard University, he joined the Faculty of Louvain University at Louvain-la-Neuve (UCLouvain) in 2003, where he has been a tenured Full Professor since 2009. His current research interests within the Division of Materials and Process Engineering at UCLouvain focus on electrochemical process intensification, with a particular interest in developing new reactor and electrode technologies for green hydrogen production from renewable water electrolysis. A full academic track record is available at

Prof. Proost is currently also the official Belgian representative within the Hydrogen Technology Collaboration Program (TCP) of the International Energy Agency (IEA). As such, he has been heavily involved as one of the subtask leaders in Task 38 on Power-to-Hydrogen. He was also invited to the high-level strategic IEA Hydrogen Workshop in February 2019 in Paris, and acted as a Peer Reviewer of the resulting seminal report “The Future of Hydrogen” that has been launched mid June 2019 on the initiative of the Japanese Government at the meeting of the G20 energy ministers in Tokyo. He has been invited since to contribute to 4 more hydrogen flagship publications of the IEA : “Energy Technology Perspectives, the world’s guidebook on clean energy technologies” (2020), “Hydrogen in the Northwest European region, a vision towards 2030” (2021), and “The Global Hydrogen Review” (2021, 2022). In addition, he has been asked as an international expert to advise the deployment and operation of an International Hydrogen Energy Center (IHEC), created in June 2021 by UNIDO, the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation.

Dr Asim Riaz - The Australian National University, Canberra

Asim Riaz is a Postdoctoral research fellow at the School of Engineering, The Australian National University (ANU), Canberra, Australia. His current research activities encompasses development of solar driven efficient anion exchange membrane electrolyer systems for green hydrogen production. He is experienced in designing and building thermally integrated solar cells- electrolyser modules operated under concentrated solar irradiation and at optimum temperatures. In addition, he is working on synthesising novel earth abundant electrocatalysts with facile fabrication techniques. He is also developing skills in the area of balance of plant modeling for pilot to large scale system development for cost effective H2 production.

Dr Daniel Roberts, Research Director (Energy Technologies), CSIRO

Daniel manages CSIRO’s portfolio of collaborative, industry-focussed RD&D across a range of low-emissions energy technologies including hydrogen, solar, bioenergy, CO2 capture and use, energy aspects of the emerging circular economy, and alternative fuels. Daniel has held a range of project leadership and research management roles at the interface of CSIRO’s science and its industrial application, most recently leading CSIRO’s Hydrogen Energy Systems Future Science Platform, a broad research initiative supporting the long-term success of the emerging hydrogen industry. Daniel has over 25 years research experience in gasification and its applications, having worked on research projects domestically and internationally, and remains a senior researcher in the area of emerging bioenergy pathways.

Dr Teja Roch - Fraunhofer, Institute for Material and Beam Technology

Business development “Hydrogen” in the Fraunhofer IWS.
Project group leader Fraunhofer IWS at Dortmunder OberflächenCentrum DOC.
Research at the Institute of Manufacturing Science and Engineering, TU Dresden.
PhD in mechanical science and engineering (Structuring of carbon thin films) – grade: summa: cum laude.
Deputy group leader at Fraunhofer IWS in Dresden.
Research at Fraunhofer IWS in Dresden.
Diploma in physics (OLED on aluminum)

Associate Professor Mahnaz Shafiei - Swinburne University of Technology

Mahnaz Shafiei is currently an Associate Professor and Vice-Chancellor’s Women in STEM Fellow at Swinburne University of Technology. She received a PhD degree from RMIT University in 2011. She followed this with postdoctoral research at QUT and an Australian Endeavour Research Fellowship at Simon Fraser University, Canada. Mahnaz’s research focus is on sensors and nanomaterials and their practical use for health and environmental monitoring. She is investigating new technologies to develop reliable, portable gas sensors with ultra-low power requirements to be embedded in sensor nodes for the Internet-of-Things applications or in mobile systems. Mahnaz has been awarded, individually and with colleagues, more than $10 million in research grants/fellowships from research councils, industry and government in Australia.

Mahnaz is currently a CI of an ARENA project in which they are building a hydrogen pilot plant at the Redlands site in QLD. The project aims to develop a platform for next generation technologies in electrolysis, energy storage and chemical sensing for integration with the pilot plant to benchmark against existing commercial standards. As part of this ARENA project, Mahnaz leads research on development of novel nanomaterials for hydrogen sensing at SUT.

Mahnaz is also a CI on a Future Energy Exports (FEnEx) CRC project with objectives to 1) Design and implement cyber-physical systems for renewable hydrogen plants of the future and 2) Design and implement a lab-scale Hydrogen plant for Swinburne to evaluate the findings of this project as well as to facilitate future research, education, and training infrastructure.

Dr Astha Sharma - Australian National University

Astha Sharma is a post-doctoral researcher at ACT-H2 program, school of engineering, ANU. She is a Physicist and finds it closely tailored to her personality and is extremely passionate about applying physics to energy applications. She finished her PhD in direct solar hydrogen generation, from the school of engineering, ANU in 2021. Her research interest focusses on developing renewable technologies as an efficient, clean, and cheaper route to hydrogen production. Her work focusses on material development, computational modelling to understand different system configuration and limitations and techno-economic analysis for large scale hydrogen generation applications. 

Professor Hoe Tan - Australian National University
Dr Oystein Ulleberg - Institute for Energy Technology (IFE), Kjeller, Norway

Øystein Ulleberg works as Chief Scientist at the Hydrogen Technology Department (HYDROGEN) at the Institute for Energy Technology (IFE), Kjeller, Norway.  He is also an Associate Professor at the Department of Technology Systems (ITS) at the University of Oslo (UiO).

Ulleberg has been working in the field of renewable energy and hydrogen since his PhD in 1995. His main area of interest is on solar and wind energy systems and hydrogen technology, with research on alkaline and PEM water electrolysis, hydrogen storage (metal hydrides, gaseous and liquid hydrogen), and PEM fuel cells. He has been responsible for establishing several large hydrogen research laboratories and industry-driven hydrogen system demonstration projects in Norway and abroad.

From 2008-2012 he was the Director of HySA Systems in South Africa, were he built up a national competence center on hydrogen. In 2017 he was appointed to be the Director of MoZEES, a Norwegian research center for climate friendly technology on zero emission transport, with special focus on battery and hydrogen technology for heavy-duty transport applications (road, rail, and sea).  He is also the leader of national research projects on the use of hydrogen in the maritime.

Ulleberg has an extensive international network and is currently representing Norway in the Executive Committee of the IEA Technology Collaboration Programme on Hydrogen.  For more than 25 years he has supervised Master’s and PhD students at UiO and other universities in Norway and abroad and has published numerous reports and articles in peer reviewed journals.

Professor David Waite - University of New South Wales
Dr Zhiliang Wang - University of Queensland

Dr Zhiliang Wang is an ARC DECRA research fellow in The University of Queensland. After receiving his PhD degree from Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics in 2017, he joint Prof Lianzhou Wang’s group focusing on solar driven chemical conversion processes, including water splitting, carbon dioxide fixation and methane conversion. He has accumulated rich experiences in the design of semiconductor based photocatalyst and photoelectrode and achieved over 70 publications in highly ranked journals such as Adv. Mater., Angew. Nat. Commun., etc. He has been awarded with the J G Russell Award by the Australia Academy of Science, ECR Research Award by UQ and other prizes.

Paul Webley - Monash University

Prof Paul Webley is a Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Monash University, Director of the Woodside Monash Energy Partnership (WMEP) and Director of the ARC Hub for Carbon Utilisation and Recycling. He received his MScEng and PhD degrees in chemical engineering from MIT.  He has over 30 years combined industry and academic experience in the development and management of clean energy technologies, especially carbon capture technologies.  The underlying theme of Webley’s research is technology for environmental and energy applications including:  CO2 capture and utilization systems for the industrial and energy sectors, hydrogen generation, storage and utilization technologies, design of energy efficient thermodynamic systems, and negative emissions technologies.  He has led and delivered major outcomes for academia and industry through numerous ARC Discovery, Linkage, CRC, and Industrial Transformation projects.  He has also commercialised carbon capture technology with start-up companies, and has 10 patents.

Dr Lee White - Australian National University

Dr Lee White is a Research Fellow at the Australian National University with the Zero Carbon Energy in the Asia Pacific Grand Challenge program and with the School of Regulation and Global Governance. Her research relates to understanding how systems can be changed to increase clean technology adoption. She has conducted research that examines design, implementation, and multifaceted impacts of policies to support clean technology adoption, in areas ranging from design of green hydrogen certification schemes to understanding varying impacts of electricity rate and regulatory design across sociodemographic groups.

Dr Doudou Zhang - Australian National University

Dr Doudou Zhang obtained her PhD degree at Shaanxi Normal University in 2018 and was jointly supervised by academics at the Dalian Institute of Chemical and Physics. Dr Zhang also completed a six-month term as an exchange PhD student at the School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering in University of New South Wales in 2018. Dr Zhang has worked as a Research Fellow in the Australian National University since 2019.

Her interests mainly focus on solar-driven electrochemical energy conversion; earth-abundant, environmentally friendly transition-metal and metal oxide/hydroxides/oxyhydroxides for electrocatalysis; high activity, cost-effective thin films as cocatalysts decorated on semiconductors for solar fuels conversion and nanostructured catalysts for electrocatalysis. She authored and co-authored 25 refereed journal publications on Energy & Environmental Science, Advanced Energy Materials, Chemical Society Review, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, Advanced Functional Materials, Chemistry of Materials, ChemSusChem, Applied Physics Letters, Electrochimica Acta etc. Additionally, she has been authorized over 10 intellectual properties on electrocatalysts fabrication and design of device. Since joined the ANU, she mainly collaborated working on ARENA project of using perovskite/Si tandem absorber integrated with earth-abundant electrocatalysts to realize efficient low-cost hydrogen production.

We have many more speakers to add, with a program coming soon!