The Technion Society of Australia's initiative to further research collaboration between the Technion and Australian universities in the area of energy research will receive another boost with the visit in July 2012 of Associate Professor Avner Rothschild, Head of the Electroceramic and Devices Research Group in the Grand Technion Energy Program (GTEP). Professor Rothschild will be based at the University of NSW and also meeting with researchers from Sydney University, Newcastle University and University of Western Sydney.
Professor Rothschild is a 2012 TSA Theeman Scholar and his visit follows on from the visit to Sydney last year of Professor Gidi Grader, Head of GTEP and the visit of Dr Richard Corkish, Head of UNSW School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy.
His current major project (one of six) is to split water into hydrogen and oxygen using the energy of the sun – thus initiating a 100% clean fuel. Current processes are not efficient and his work focuses on new electroceramic materials to address this problem. He will be speaking at a TSA Einstein Supper on 24 July on the topic of 'Splitting water to create clean energy.'
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