Dr Matthew Hill, Research Scientist with CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering.
Dr Matthew Hill: developing ultraporous materials that can separate or store gases
Dr Matthew Hill is developing applications for an exciting new group of smart materials known as metal-organic frameworks, or MOFs.
6 April 2011 | Updated 15 November 2012
Dr Matthew Hill leads work in the usage of the ultraporous Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs) for applications in gas storage and separation.
The research ranges from fundamental materials discovery of new MOFs through to more applied usage for gas storage, or design of MOF-based gas separation membranes.
Dr Hill has developed numerous novel porous materials.
MOFs are extraordinarily tiny with the surface area of a football field in a single gram, walls just one atom thick and reactive pores less than one nanometre wide.
These remarkable materials are cited in the 2010 US Department of Energy resource document on Carbon Capture Beyond 2020 with MOFs discussed as a promising technology for carbon capture.
A promising technology for carbon capture, MOFs have the potential to make a major contribution to reducing emissions from power generation.
During his time at CSIRO, Dr Hill has developed numerous novel porous materials that include battery electrodes, gas storage materials, medical imaging contrast agents, and metal organic frameworks for gas separations.
Dr Hill's progress as an early career researcher has been recognised on several occasions, including awards such as the 2012 Eureka Prize for Emerging Leader in Science, the 2010 Victoria Fellowship and CSIRO Julius Career Award.
Dr Hill graduated with a Doctor of Philosophy (Chemistry) from The University of New South Wales, Australia, in 2006, having worked under the supervision of Professor Robert Lamb.
He moved to CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering in Clayton Victoria following graduation to take up a postdoctoral research position with Dr Anita Hill.
Dr Hill has been awarded a:
- Bachelor of Science, (Honours 1st class) – Chemistry, The University of New South Wales
- Doctor of Philosophy, The University of New South Wales.
Dr Hill has been awarded the:
- The Eureka Prize for Emerging Leader in Science, 2012
- CSIRO Julius Career Award, 2010
- Victoria Fellowship, 2010 [external link]
- Australian Research Council Network for Advanced Materials, Early Career Researcher Travel Grant, 2008
- University of New South Wales Teaching Fellowship, 2003-06
- Australian postgraduate award, 2003-06
- Surface science research fellowship, 2003-06
- Surface Coatings Australia award, 2003.
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