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Dr Ewa Nowicka

Dr Ewa NowickaEwa graduated at 2007 from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland with a M.Sc. degree in Environmental Chemistry (Master thesis: Determination of trace metals in wastewater using EDX-ray   fluorescence). During her studies she spent 6 month in Bremen, Germany, working in the group of Prof. Wolfgang Balzer, investigating effects of anthropogenic and natural river loads of trace element and PAHs coastal ecosystems of East-Sumatra. In 2008 she started PhD at Cardiff University under the supervision of Dr Stuart Taylor in collaboration with ExxonMobil, USA, working on the project: Selective Oxidation of Polynuclear Aromatic Hydrocarbons. Since completing her PhD, in 2012, she has been working as a PDRA in the group of Prof. Graham Hutchings FRS.  Her work focuses on design, preparation and characterization of heterogeneous catalysts to meet global sustainability challenges of the future.
Her research interest includes:

  • Oxidative dehydrogenation of alkanes
  • Selective oxidation of alcohols and PAHs to higher value intermediates
  • Activation of hydrocarbons
  • Utilization of CO2
  • Preparation of novel bimetallic alloys
  • Biomass conversion

Selected publications:

  • In situ Spectroscopic Investigation of Oxidative Dehydrogenation and Disproportionation of  Benzyl Alcohol over Supported Gold-Palladium Nanoparticles.
    Ewa Nowicka, Jan P. Hofmann, Stewart F. Parker, Meenakshisundaram Sankar, Giacomo M. Lari, Simon A. Kondrat, David W. Knight, Donald Bethell, Bert M. Weckhuysen, Graham J. Hutchings.
    Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 2013.
  • Controlling the duality of mechanism in liquid-phase oxidation of benzyl alcohol catalysed by supported Au-Pd nanoparticles.
    Meenakshisundaram Sankar,Ewa Nowicka, Ramchandra Tiruvalam, Qian He, Stuart H. Taylor, Christopher J. Kiely, Donald Bethell, David W. Knight and Graham J. Hutchings.      
    Chemistry - A European Journal 17 (2011) 6524-6532.
  • Oxidation of alcohols using supported gold and gold palladium nanoparticles.
    Sankar Meenakshisundaram, Ewa Nowicka, Peter J. Miedziak, Gemma L. Brett, Robert L. Jenkins, Nikolaos Dimitratos, Stuart H. Taylor, David W. Knight, Donald Bethell and Graham J. Hutchings.
    Faraday Discussions 145 (2010) 341 – 356.

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