Cox Group

Our group studies transition metal catalysts using both magneto-optical spectroscopy and magnetic resonance techniques. These methods can be used to monitor: oxidation states, transients/intermediates, the binding of substrates as well as product formation and release, providing important complementary information to static spectroscopic and diffraction methods.

A key motivation of our research is to understand how biological systems use earth abundant metals including manganese to perform the difficult oxidative/reductive chemistry of small molecules such as water and oxygen. We are developing new methods to study these systems that are in principle transferable to metal oxide materials, which should in the future allow molecular level characterization of heterogeneous catalysis interfaced with electrodes.

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About the Battery Storage and Grid Integration Program

Established in April 2018 the Battery Storage and Grid Integration Program (BSGIP) undertakes socio-techno-economic research, development and demonstration activities that support the global energy transition and help achieve economy-wide decarbonisation.Work within the program encompasses detailed disciplinary work on components of the global energy system and on how we integrate these components together to support energy transition and decarbonisation. Staff within the Program have broad expertise that includes engineering, chemistry, computer sciences, physics, economics and the social sciences. The Program places a strong focus on translational research which is defined as simultaneously advancing the body of knowledge and advancing the practice in the field.Hosted within The Australian National University by the School of Engineering (within the College of Engineering and Computer Science) and the Research School of Chemistry (within the College of Science), the Program comprises more than 50 staff and students with diverse academic, industry, gender and cultural backgrounds. The Program is funded by the ACT Government through the Renewable Energy Innovation Fund initiative, the Australian National University, and through project funding from various industry partners and grant bodies.Work led through the Research School of Chemistry focuses on materials, battery technologies and characterisation. Researchers are designing, building and characterising new battery storage devices, based on a fundamental understanding of different chemical and material behaviours. They are also exploring opportunities for battery recycling, reuse and failure analysis based on characterisation capabilities. Find out more: Battery Storage and Grid Integration Program – An initiative of the Australian National University (