Nanoarchitectured metallic mateials: Synthesis of mesoporous noble metal/alloy by chemical approaches

Mesoporous noble metals have extremely high surface area as well as abundant active sites such as atomic steps and kinks, and they can enhance their inherent catalytic activity. He has synthesized mesoporous Pt, Pd, Rh, Ru, and their alloys. Recently, his mesoporous Rh has shown excellent activity towards NO remediation under lean-burn condition, and it can be used as prominent electrode catalysts for various electrochemical reactions, such as methanol oxidation reaction, CO oxidation/reduction, and hydrogen evolution reaction. For the future, he plans to apply this method to other metals and alloys, and further control mesostructures to explore new promising catalysts.

Kenya Kani earned B.S. degree (2017) in Department of Life and Materials Engineering at Nagoya Institute of Technology (NIT), Japan. After the graduation from NIT, he commenced his PhD course in the Institute at University of Wollongong. During PhD course, he also studied at National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Japan as a trainee and learned techniques on synthesis of mesoporous materials. From April 2018, he moved to the University of Queensland with Professor Yusuke Yamauchi  and he started the second year of the AIBN PhD course.

Key Publications

​Periodically Arranged Arrays of Dendritic Pt Nanospheres Using Cage-Type Mesoporous Silica as a Hard Template
Kenya Kani, Victor Malgras*, Bo Jiang, Md. Shahriar A. Hossain, Saad M. Alshehri, Tansir Ahamad, Rahul R. Salunkhe, Zhenguo Huang and Yusuke Yamauchi*
Chemistry-An Asian Journal13, 106-110 (2018).

Mesoporous Bimetallic RhCu Alloy Nanospheres Using a Sophisticated Soft-Templating Strategy
Bo Jiang, Kenya Kani, Muhammad Iqbal, Hideki Abe*, Tatsuo Kimura, Md. Shahriar A. Hossain, Oruganti Anjaneyulu, Joel Henzie* and Yusuke Yamauchi*
Chemistry of Materials30, 428-435 (2018).

Gold Nanoparticles Supported on Mesoporous Titania Thin Films with High Loading as a CO Oxidation Catalyst
Shingo Akita, Makoto Amemiya, Takanori Matsumoto, Yohei Jikihara, Tsuruo Nakayama, Md. Shahriar A. Hossain, Kenya Kani, Daisuke Ishii, Md. Tofazzal Islam, Xiangfen Jiang, Amanullah Fatehmulla, Wazirzada Aslam Farooq, Yoshio Bando, Victor Malgras* and Yusuke Yamauchi*
Chemistry-An Asian Journal12, 877-881 (2017).

Self-Assembly of Polymeric Micelles Made of Asymmetric Polystyrene-b-Polyacrylic Acid-b-Polyethylene Oxide for the Synthesis of Mesoporous Nickel Ferrite
Shunsuke Tanaka, Bishnu Prasad Bastakoti*, Yunqi Li, Shin-ichi Yusa, Daisuke Ishii, Kenya Kani, Amanullah Fatehmulla, Wazirzada Aslam Farooq, Muhammad J. A. Shiddiky, Yoshio Bando, Yusuf Valentino Kaneti*, Yusuke Yamauchi* and Md. Shahriar A. Hossain*
European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry2017, 1328-1332 (2017).