Exploration of super resolution microscopy for catalyst characterisation

Lead Research Organisation: University College London
Department Name: Chemistry


As with nearly all microscopy techniques the main focus to date has been the study of biological samples and has therefore rarely been employed to image inorganic materials despite the obvious potential benefits which may enable a better understanding of material's chemico-physical properties. In this project we will explore the potential of super-resolution light microscopy to allow us to evaluate or 'chemically image' catalytic materials under dynamic conditions to obtain insight into structure-activity relationships at 'high' resolution (at the nm - micrometer scale). Central to the success of this project is the close proximity of the collaborating partners, including UCL@UK Catalysis Hub, Johnson Matthey Plc@UK Catalysis Hub and the STFC Central Laser Facility all of which are based at the Research Complex@Harwell on the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus where the project will be based.



Naomi Omori (Student)


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Studentship Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Student Name
EP/N509395/1 30/09/2015 29/03/2021
1668824 Studentship EP/N509395/1 30/09/2015 29/09/2019 Naomi Omori
Description Application of laser-based techniques to characterise zeolites for use in catalysis.
Exploitation Route Most of techniques used have been at a pilot stage, so others could continue to study more complex catalytic systems using the preliminary results established in this project.
Sectors Chemicals