Prof. Francois Aguey-Zinsou

Heading the MERLin lab
The University of Sydney


Prof. Kondo-Francois Aguey-Zinsou is Professor of Chemistry at the University of Sydney, where he leads the MERLin (Materials Energy Research Laboratory in nanoscale) group – School of Chemistry and with 20 years experience, he is one of the leading experts in hydrogen technologies, advising many key stakeholders. He is member of the ISGP Hydrogen program advising governments including as part of the coming G7 in Japan.

Francois Aguey-Zinsou is Director of the Australian Association for Hydrogen Energy, Vice-President of the Australian French Association for Research and Innovation, Co-director of the Australian-French Research Network FACES and the ARC Training Centre for Hydrogen GlobH2E, and Chief Investigator of Hy-Supply. He is also the President and CTO of H2potential.

Francois Aguey-Zinsou he is Associate Editor of ACS Applied energy Materials, and was one of the founding members of the Energy Future Conferences. He has received many awards, including the 2018 Australia’s Most Innovative Engineers award and the 2014 ICheme ChemEng365 award, and was finalist of the 2017 Make the Planet Great Again Call, the 2017 and 2015 Australian Museum Eureka Prizes in Excellence in research innovation.

His group has been working for many years on the properties of light metals for hydrogen storage application. He is also developing novel technologies for enabling novel fuel cells and electrolyser architectures and advanced catalysts for hydrogen combustion. His broad expertise is also applied toward applications including Fuel cells, Batteries, Smart windows and Catalysis for the conversion of small molecules such as carbon dioxide into synthetic fuels.