Associate Professor Rachel Caruso, an ARC Future Fellow, is a materials chemist with expertise in the fabrication of advanced porous functional materials. These materials have potential application in a range of areas including solar energy, water purification, the clean-up and storage of nuclear waste, and energy storage devices (lithium ion batteries).
Caruso holds a joint appointment between the University of Melbourne and CSIRO - as an Associate Professor and Reader in the School of Chemistry and as a OCE Science Leader in CSIRO Manufacturing. Caruso worked as a postdoctoral fellow and group leader at two prestigious research institutes in Germany before returning to Australia to take up an ARC Australian Research Fellowship in 2003. Her research is well cited and has resulted in her receiving a number of awards.
The Advanced Porous Materials research group that Assoc. Prof. Caruso leads consists of postdoctoral fellows and PhD students at both the University of Melbourne and CSIRO. The group has established strong collaborations (nationally and internationally) and has been successful in obtaining research funding.
Caruso is also a member of the University of Melbourne Energy Institute and the Hallmark Materials Research Initiative.