Head of School (interim)
Scientia Professor
location Room 348 H6 - TETB
telephone 9385 4361
facsimile 9385 5966
School of Chemical Engineering
The University of New South Wales
UNSW Sydney, NSW 2052 Australia
  • B.Eng (Chemical Engineering, UNSW, 1988)
  • Ph.D. (Chemical Engineering, UNSW, 1991)

  • 2009 - July 2010: Director, Centre for Energy Research and Policy Analysis (CERPA)
  • 2001 - 2003: Assoc Professor, School of Chemical Engineering and Industrial Chemistry, UNSW
  • 1997 - 2003: Director, Centre for Particle and Catalyst Technologies, UNSW
  • 1995 - 2000: Senior Lecturer, School of Chemical Engineering and Industrial Chemistry, UNSW
  • 1992 - 1995: Lecturer, School of Chemical Engineering and Industrial Chemistry, UNSW

Other Appointments
  • Director, ARC Centre of Excellence for Functional Nanomaterials
  • Scientia Professor, School of Chemical Engineering, The University of New South Wales
  • Honorary Professor, Australian Institute of Bio and Nanotechnology (AIBN), The University of Queensland
  • ARC Australian Professorial Fellow (APF)
  • Director of Research, School of Chemical Engineering, The University of New South Wales

Research InterestsProfessor Rose Amal is the leader of the Particles and Catalysis Research Group. She is also the Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Functional Nanomaterials. Professor Amal has work in the area of particle technology for over 20 years on fine particle aggregation, photocatalysis, nanoparticle synthesis and their applications. More recently, her research focus is on the design of photocatalysts and engineering systems for solar induced processes, using the sun’s energy as a clean fuel source. Over the last 10 years, Professor Amal has secured over $15 million in grant. She published extensively in major science and engineering journals, and has strong links with various industry members and public sectors

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  1. Gunawan, C., Teoh, WY, Juniahani, L, Marquis, C., Amal, R. (2009) “Reversible antimicrobial photoswitching in nanosilver', Small, 5(3), 341-344 - I.F.= 6.525
    This article described the ability totune the antimicrobial properties of silver by loading it in titanium dioxide and using light of different wavelengths to induce or hinder its bactericidal properties. The novelty of this study saw it feature in Nature Nanotechnology Research Highlights (Chun, A.L., 'Silver nanoparticles: playing tricks on bacteria', published online: 30 Jan. 2009, doi:10.1038/nnano.2009.18);
  2. Kydd R, Teoh W Y, Wong K, Wang Y, Scott J, Zeng QH, Yu AB, Zou J, and Amal R (2009) , “Flame-Synthesized Ceria-Supported Copper Dimers for Preferential Oxidation of CO”, Advanced Functional Materials, 19, 369-399. - I.F.= 7.496
    This paper lined, for the first time, the relationship between bond ionicity of the active catalyst components and catalyst activity. The high quality and significance of the work was recognised by the journal which saw it selected as the frontispiece for the issue.
  3. Teoh, W.Y., Madler, L and Amal, R. (2007), “Inter-relationship between Pt Oxidation States on TiO2 and the Photocatalytic Mineralisation of Organic Matters”, Journal of Catalysis, 251(2), 271-280. - I.F.= 5.167
    This paper was first to report the intimate relationship between Pt nanoparticles oxidation state and the photocatalytic mineralisation of organic compounds, and the different roles of Pt in the mineralisation of carboxylic, phenolic and alcohol compounds.
  4. Teoh, W.Y., Mädler, L., Beydoun, D., Pratsinis, S.E. and Amal, R. (2005), “Direct (one-step) Synthesis of TiO2 and Pt/TiO2 Nanoparticles for Photocatalytic Mineralisation of Sucrose”, Chemical Engineering Science (A* journal), 60: 5852. - I.F.=1.884
    This paper in an A* ranked journal (ERA provision ranking) described the one step fabrication of composite photocatalytic materials using Flame Spray Pyrolysis. It was listed in the TOP 25 most downloaded articles by Elsevier for three consecutive seasons (July 2005-June 2006) and has already been cited 54 times. The great interest of this work is due to the possibility of synthesising composite materials in one step in large scale.
  5. Selomulya, C., Bushell, G., Amal, R. and Waite, T. D. (2003), “Understanding the Role of Restructuring in Flocculation: The Application of a Population Balance Model”, Chemical Engineering Science, 58: 327-338. - I.F.=1.884
    This paper won the Chemical Engineering Science most cited paper 2003-2006 Award (cited 38 times) and was described as “of special interest” in a review paper (Current Opinion in Colloid and Interface Science (2005) 10, 123-132)
  6. Scott, J., Beydoun, D., Amal, R., Low, G. and Cattle, J. (2005), “Landfill Management, Leachate Generation and Leach Testing of Solid Wastes in Australia and Overseas”, Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology, 35(3): 239-332. - I.F.= 7.409
    This paper was used by the NSW Department of Environmental and Climate Change as the foundation for a position paper for landfill testing. It highlighted gaps in the knowledge pertaining to solid hazardous waste management in Australia. The document was recently used (2009) as a reference by DECCW for framing methods for the Assesment of Site Contamination NEPM (National Environment Protection Measure).
  7. Vamathevan, V., Amal, R., Beydoun, D., Low, G. and McEvoy, S. (2002), “Photocatalytic Oxidation of Organics in Water Using Pure and Silver-Modified Titanium Dioxide Particles”, Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology A: Chemistry, 148(1-3): 233-245 - I.F = 2.363
    This highly cited paper (126 times) was the first to report the different roles of Ag in TiO2 photocatalysis. In addition to the fundamental understanding of the mechanism of Ag/TiO2 to degrade different organic compounds, this finding is important for the user to decide whether it is worth to include Ag in the process.
  8. Bushell, G.C., Yan, Y.D., Woodfield, D., Raper, J., and Amal, R. (2002), “On techniques for the measurement of the mass fractal dimension of aggregates”, Advanced in Colloid and Interface Sciences, 95(1), 1-50 - I.F: 5.333
    This article provided a general critical review on techniques for aggregate characterisation. Its importance to researchers in the field of solid-liquid separation is evident by its high number of citations since publication (cited 128 times).
  9. Beydoun, D., Amal, R., Low, G.K.C., McEvoy, S. (2000), “Novel Photocatalyst: Titania-Coated Magnetite. Activity and Photodissolution”, Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 104(18): 4387-4396. - I.F. = 4.189
    This manuscript derived from patented research by Prof. Amal and colleagues from CSIRO (at the time). The paper described pioneering findings on using silica barrier to prevent photodissolution of the magnetic core of their magnetic photocatalyst. This influential article has been cited 142 times and formed the basis for similar applications of the technology by other research groups.
  10. Guan, J., Waite, T.D., and Amal, R. (1998), “Rapid Structure Characterisation of Bacterial Aggregates”, Environmental Science and Technology, 32(23), 3375-3742 - I.F.= 4.458
    This paper has been cited over 50 times and showed for the first time that light scattering can be used for rapid determination of biosolid aggregate structure, which is widely applicable in wastewater online monitoring process.

  • FIChemE FIEAust
  • MRACI (CChem)
  • Member, The Australian Particle Technology Society