3D Assembly of Single Atoms into multi-structured catalysts

Lead Research Organisation: Loughborough University
Department Name: Chemical Engineering


A critical challenge in developing industrially relevant catalysts for biomass conversion is to combine high surface areas and activity with low mass transfer resistance of large biomolecules to the active sites, predominantly located inside the internal pores of the materials. Instead of employing conventional microporous zeolites and mesoporous silicas with unimodal pore sizes, the project aims to develop unique novel multiscale porous materials which will combine the advantages of active site accessibility and efficient mass transport effects with high surface area and spatial confinement of active sites. Fundamental science of self-assembly will be employed to encapsulate single metal ions and/or 2D assemblies within the uniform silica matrix to develop novel catalyst with unique reactivity. Formulation protocols will be developed for the batch manufacturing followed by the scale up.


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Studentship Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Student Name
EP/N509516/1 01/10/2016 30/09/2021
2497977 Studentship EP/N509516/1 01/10/2020 31/03/2024 Daniel Miramontes Subillaga
EP/R513088/1 01/10/2018 30/09/2023
2497977 Studentship EP/R513088/1 01/10/2020 31/03/2024 Daniel Miramontes Subillaga