Optimising molecular architectures for heterogeneous catalysis in nanoporous solids

Lead Research Organisation: University of York
Department Name: Chemistry


This discipline hopping proposal will allow the collaborators to move freely between Edinburgh and York on a part time basis over an initial two-year period, with a view to learning about each other's research expertise and developing a longer term focussed collaborative program. The general target is to develop green and sustainable catalysts for use in the liquid phase synthesis of fuels and fine and speciality chemicals. The project will involve the transfer of key skills in catalyst synthesis and characterisation equipment at York which will significantly enhance the engineer's (Tina Duren) understanding of heterogeneous catalysis and broaden her research expertise. This is a completely new field for her, which would not be easily available without the discipline hop. Likewise, the chemist (Karen Wilson) will gain access to Edinburgh's expertise in molecular simulation and gas phase adsorption facilities, providing hands on experience of how simulations can be used to model liquid and gas diffusion in porous media which will improve her ability to design new catalytic materials. There is limited understanding in the heterogeneous catalysis and green chemistry fields about liquid diffusion through nanoporous channels, hence the ultimate aim of this project will be to develop new well defined templated mesoporous catalysts, and to gain insight into the diffusional characteristics of liquid phase reactants through the porous media.
Description Optimising the nanoporous architecture of solid acid and base catalysts for biodiesel synthesis 
Form Of Engagement Activity Scientific meeting (conference/symposium etc.)
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Type Of Presentation paper presentation
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Talk stimulated discussions in the role of catalyst development in biofuels synthesis


After my talks requests for copies of published manuscripts increased
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://abstracts.acs.org/chem/245nm/program/view.php?obj_id=178819&terms=