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Heterogeneous Catalysts for Clean Technology 

Tightening legislation on the release of waste and toxic emissions has serious implications for the chemicals, power and automotive industries. A major emerging and challenging area of heterogeneous catalysis is that of environmental pollution control.

We are interested in understanding the structural and reactive properties of new heterogeneous catalysts developed for use in liquid phase reactions, e.g. in acid catalysed and selective oxidation reactions.

We currently have ongoing projects to develop catalysts for the following applications.

  • Automotive Pollution Control
  • Catalysts for Biodiesel Synthesis
  • Terpene isomerisation
  • Friedel Crafts Chemistry
  • Heterogeneous Carbonylation of Alcohols

A wide range of analytical techniques are used to study these new catalyst materials, including DRIFTS, MAS-NMR, XRD, XPS, EXAFS and BET/Porosimetry. In addition in collaboration with Professor Adam Lee we are also interested in developing in-situ techniques to probe the nature of the active site during reaction. 

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