APEC-Australia Women in Research
Fellowship 2022
Dr. Thuy Thi Dieu Ung

Economy: Vietnam


Host Institution: Centre for Applied Materials and Industrial Chemistry (CAMIC), RMIT University


Project Title: Synthesis of Metal-Organic Frameworks for CO2 conversion

Project Outline:

To study and improve the CO2 capture, conversion or reduction processes, I propose carrying out research on the fabrication of MOFs by controlling the chemical composition and the structure

by tuning the composition of MOF precursors, the reaction condition, including the reaction temperature/time during the synthesis and post-synthesis modification or surface-functionalization to form MOFs with superior properties and then study the CO2 conversion performance, the chemical/structural stability of MOFs as well. Through the proposal research, the following outcomes would be expected:

  1. applying available technologies of Australia to synthesise the pristine MOFs or MOFs-derived materials for high performance of CO2 reduction to sustainable fuels;

  2. studying the CO2 reduction/conversion mechanism occurring in pristine MOFs or MOFs-derived materials and

  3. strengthening the international cooperation between IMS/VAST, Vietnam and RMIT University, Australia.


Reasons for applying for fellowship:  

The international research will allow me to further develop my research skills and knowledge in porous MOFs materials and nanotechnology for CO2 reduction to sustainable fuels/renewable energy applications, which is one of the most significant problems facing Vietnam’s energy and environment. My proposed programme will extend the ongoing collaboration between IMS/VAST, Vietnam and RMIT University, Australia. Both Australia and Vietnam are currently seeking to develop technologies and strategies for improving the chemical/structural stability and electrocatalytic/catalytic activities of MOFs-based materials for various important applications such as renewable energy, batteries, supercapacitors, catalysis/electrocatalysis, and adsorption. The proposed research aims to assess the different technological and management solutions to these problems using experience and the “solutions” currently being applied in Australia and Vietnam. The central aim is synthesis of the MOFs-based materials and study the CO2 conversion performance, the chemical/structural stability depending on the reaction conditions. Accordingly, the research proposal having the property of basic science and high applicability, able to utilize the power/facilities, research experiences of both sides. The value added from cooperation can be clearly seen, allowing both countries to shorten the time for researching advanced MOFs-based materials for high performance of CO2 reduction to sustainable fuels.


Past Achievements:

  • Participation in 30 projects, 23 of which with NSF (head of 8), 1 award of Office of Naval Research Global (ONR Global), 4 of bilateral agreements (head of 2), 1 of East Asia Science and Innovation Area Joint Research Program between Vietnam, Japan and Thailand, 1 into FP7: NMP.2012.2.2-6, PECATDES 309846 (LEAR-Legal Entity Appointed Representative and contact person in Vietnam side).

  • - h-index 12 for 52 international publications that related to topic focused on advanced nanomaterials and nanotechnology for optoelectronic devices such as solar cells, photoreactors, sensors and biological labelling, …

  • Teaching for Master level at University of Science and Technology of Hanoi; supervising 4 PhD and 3 Master students.

  • June 2014 – December 2014 Received Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Fellowships for postdoc 

  • February 2014 – May 2014 Received JWT Jones Travelling Fellowships from Royal Society of Chemistry, UK for young researcher 

  • 2011 Received “UNESCO- L’OREAL Fellowships for Women in Science”

  • 2007-2010 Received Evariste Galois Fellowship, French government for the PhD study.

  • 2004-2006 Received Odon VALLET Scholarship for Master study

  • 2003-2004 Received Odon VALLET Scholarship for Outstanding Student of Vietnam National University, Hanoi


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