Catalysis and interfacial science
Each year the School of Chemistry welcomes applicants who have secured funding from external sponsors, or who are self-funded.
We have an extensive list of projects that are available. Details for each project can be obtained by contacting the member of academic staff directly. Please state which project(s) you would like to be considered for on your application form.
- Gold nanoparticles as novel active heterogeneous catalysts.
- Design of selective oxidation and hydrogenation catalysts.
- Design of novel heterogeneous catalysts.
Further information on Professor Hutchings' research can be found on his blog.
- Mechanism of photocatalysis and water splitting.
- Surface reaction mechanisms studied with scanning tunnelling microscopy and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy.
- Nanoparticle stabilisation for heterogeneous catalysis studied with atomic force microscopy and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy.
- Development of heterogeneous catalysts for environmental protection.
- Heterogeneous catalysts for selective oxidation under mild conditions.
- Computational Modelling of Structure and Mechanism of Catalytic Systems
- Synchrotron Radiation and Neutron Scattering Studies in Catalysis
- Catalytic Conversion of Carbon Dioxide
Further information on Professor Catlow's work can be found via this recent news article.
- New methods for synthesizing metal oxides and mixed metal oxides catalysts.
- Microwave assisted catalysis.
- Au catalysts for highly selective, clean oxidation reactions under very mild conditions.
- On-board H2 generation by fuel reforming.
- Control of atmospheric pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions.
- Decontamination of water by catalytic wet air oxidation
- Supported monometallic and bimetallic nanoparticles catalysts for selective oxidation, selective hydrogenation, coupling reactions and cascade reactions.
- Catalyst development for the valorisation of renewable materials such as CO2, lignocellulosic biomass components (cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin).
- Towards understanding the structure-activity correlation for catalytic reactions using in situ spectroscopic and kinetic methodologies
- Periodic DFT calculations for surface catalysis.
- Monte Carlo and molecular dynamics applied to material properties.
- Chemical kinetics and mechanism in heterogeneous catalysis.
- Design and tune of nanostructures of catalytic interest.
- CO2 mitigation and Low Carbon Energies.
- Hydrogen production from the catalytic decomposition of chemical hydrogen storage chemical compounds using colloidal supported nanoparticles.
- Development of novel colloidal nanoparticles.
- Catalytic processes and catalysis engineering.
- Application of in situ spectroscopy to catalytic processes.
- Porous materials for selective catalytic transformations.