Nanoengineered Materials for Clean Catalytic Technologies

Lead Research Organisation: University of York
Department Name: Chemistry


Catalysis lies at the heart of life on earth, powers our homes and puts food on our tables. However to a large degree our ability to transform individual atoms and molecules into new pharmaceutical medicines, fuels, and fertilisers has depended upon an equal combination of brilliant science and serendipitous discoveries. This reflects the complex interactions between reacting molecules and products, their surrounding environment, and of course the catalyst itself, which ideally remains unchanged over thousands of reaction cycles. Recent advances in chemical synthesis and analysis now offer an unprecedented opportunity to sculpt the atomic structure of solid catalysts and to peer inside their microscopic workings.Over the next five years, I propose to integrate these new experimental and theoretical breakthroughs with my own expertise in catalyst design and testing, to develop a new generation of nanoengineered materials for the clean production of valuable chemical feedstocks and sustainable biofuels. New collaborations, forged with world leaders in the areas of inorganic solid-state chemistry, nanoscale imaging and computer modelling, will help me to develop the multidisciplinary skillsets needed to achieve my vision of solid catalysts, tailored 'on demand', for efficient clean technologies that will benefit society over the coming decade.


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Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Award Value
EP/G007594/1 01/03/2009 31/07/2009 £1,351,103
EP/G007594/2 Transfer EP/G007594/1 01/08/2009 31/07/2013 £1,532,389
EP/G007594/3 Transfer EP/G007594/2 01/08/2013 13/02/2014 £257,739
EP/G007594/4 Transfer EP/G007594/3 14/02/2014 13/04/2015 £78,471