I received a Ph.D. at the University of Wollongong, Australia, in 2007. This was followed by a postdoctoral appointment at The Ohio State University in the U.S. I was awarded a Discovery Early Career Research Award (DECRA) and Future Fellowships by the Australian Research Council. I am a Research Advisor appointed by the National Institute for Materials Science, Japan, and a recipient of the Humboldt Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers (Alexander von Humboldt Foundation). I am the Chair of the International Hydrogen Carriers Alliance, and a graduate of Australian Institute of Company Directors.
My research is centered on boron chemistry for energy conversion and storage. Research interests are in the fields of hydrogen storage materials, electrolytes for Na-ion, Mg, and Mg/Li+ hybrid batteries, and two-dimensional boron-containing nanosheets. Breakthroughs in hydrogen storage and Na-ion batteries have been successfully commercialized in partnership with Boron Molecular, a specialist chemical manufacturer. This success was recognized by the UOW Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Research Commercialisation, Impact and Engagement.