Associate Professor Fiona J Beck

Co-lead of Renewable Fuels Research Group
Convenor of the Hydrogen Fuels Project
PhD in Engineering, MSci in Physics
+61 2 619 70113


A/Prof Beck leads a research group at the School of Engineering, working to leverage a deeper understanding of light-matter interactions on the nanoscale for application in renewable energy, carbon dioxide reduction, and solar fuel applications. Her technical work has been published in high impact journals and cited >3000 times.

She is also the Convenor of the Hydrogen Fuels project for ZCEAP - ANU’s Zero-Carbon Energy for the Asia-Pacific, Grand Challenge, working with a transdisciplinary team from across ANU to help transform Australia into a leading exporter of renewable fuels in our region. In this role she has contributed significantly to the national conversation on new, zero-carbon industries and exports for Australia, through outreach, academic publications, submissions to government, and contributions in National and International media.

A/Prof has a background in applied physics (MSci 2006, University of Glasgow) and engineering (PhD 2011, ANU), and has previously held prestigious international fellowships including a Marie Curie Fellowship from the European Commission (IIF, 2012), and a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA, 2018) from the Australian Research Council.


Research areas

A/Prof Fiona J Beck's research is focused on advancing the clean energy transition in two distinct ways: by developing new technologies to convert light into other forms of energy; and by collaboratively tackling big-picture, interdisciplinary problems that the energy sector is facing on its road to decarbonisation.

Her research interests include:

    • Nanophotonic approaches to photochemistry 
    • Hot electron science and applications 
    • Solar (photoelectrochemical) hydrogen generation
    • The hydrogen economy and the energy transition

    Udates on Fiona's research and activities can be found on LinkedIn at Fiona J Beck  and on Twitter @Fiona_J_Beck, and her publications can be found on Web of Science.



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