Asep specialises in the design and development of advanced inorganic materials with porous architectures, specifically tailored for energy and environmental applications.

Asep's research focus lies in the development of novel mesoporous metal materials with enhanced catalytic activity through a simplified wet-chemical synthesis process. His work is motivated by the unique properties exhibited by porous materials, such as their ultra-high surface area and abundance of active sites. These properties provide ample space for interaction with guest species, making them highly valuable in various applications, including catalysis. Particularly mesoporous metal materials, which offer distinct advantages over other mesoporous counterparts. Their high crystallinity, good conductivity, and stable framework make them highly desirable for catalytic applications. Additionally, certain noble metals have demonstrated excellent catalytic activity in electrochemical reactions involving small organic molecules, which are crucial as fuel sources for energy generation. By designing and fabricating mesoporous metal materials with tailored structures, he aims to enhance their catalytic activity and improve energy conversion efficiency. 

​Asep Nugraha is currently a PhD student in the Yamauchi group in the AIBN at the University of Queensland. He obtained his Bachelor's degree from Padjadjaran University in Indonesia and Master's degree in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology from Waseda University in Japan. His research focuses on the synthesis of advanced inorganic nanomaterials with porous architecture and their application in the field of energy and biosensors.

Key Publications

​Yunqing Kang, Ovidiu Cretu, Jun Kikkawa, Koji Kimoto, Hiroki Nara, Asep Sugih Nugraha, Hiroki Kawamoto, Miharu Eguchi, Ting Liao, Ziqi Sun, Toru Asahi, Yusuke Yamauchi. Mesoporous multimetallic nanospheres with exposed highly entropic alloy sites. Nat. Commun. 2023, 14, 4182.

Asep Sugih Nugraha, Olga Guselnikova, Joel Henzie, Jongbeom Na, Md Shahriar A Hossain, Ömer Dag, Alan E Rowan, Yusuke Yamauchi. Symmetry-breaking plasmonic mesoporous gold nanoparticles with large pores. Chem. Mater. 2022, 34, 7256-7270. 

Hyunsoo Lim, Kenya Kani, Joel Henzie, Tomota Nagaura, Asep Sugih Nugraha, Muhammad Iqbal, Yong Sik Ok, Md Shahriar A Hossain, Yoshio Bando, Kevin CW Wu, Hyun-Jong Kim, Alan E Rowan, Jongbeom Na, Yusuke Yamauchi. A universal approach for the synthesis of mesoporous gold, palladium and platinum films for applications in electrocatalysis. Nat. Protoc.2020, 15, 2980-3008.

Asep Sugih Nugraha, Guillaume Lambard, Jongbeom Na, Md Shahriar A Hossain, Toru Asahi, Watcharop Chaikittisilp, Yusuke Yamauchi. Mesoporous trimetallic PtPdAu alloy films toward enhanced electrocatalytic activity in methanol oxidation: unexpected chemical compositions discovered by Bayesian optimization. J. Mater. Chem. 2020, 8, 13532-13540.

Asep Sugih Nugraha, Cuiling Li, Jiang Bo, Muhammad Iqbal, Saad M Alshehri, Tansir Ahamad, Victor Malgras, Yusuke Yamauchi, Toru Asahi. Block‐Copolymer‐Assisted Electrochemical Synthesis of Mesoporous Gold Electrodes: Towards a Non‐Enzymatic Glucose Sensor. ChemElectroChem 2017, 2571-2576.