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Characterisation and design of heterogeneous catalysts for the petrochemical industry


Department of Chemistry

About the Project

The development of novel catalysts for selective oxidation reactions is an area of decisive importance for both industry and academia. In fact, there is a major need for: (i) catalysts capable of delivering energy-efficient processes with enhanced selectivity to a desired product and (ii) oxidation routes that make use of molecular oxygen for greener manufacturing processes. To achieve these results, this project will develop advanced materials including: supported metal nanoparticles, metal oxides, and microporous frameworks to be used as catalysts.

The implications of this project are wide ranging, as you will contribute to convert hydrocarbons into a useful chemical synthesis feedstock. Ultimately, we aim to deliver a new manufactory technology for the synthesis of oxygenated hydrocarbons like alcohols or ketones that are essential building blocks and precursors for the manufacture of food additives, drug precursors and fibres.

This project involves the following techniques or methods: heterogeneous catalyst synthesis, XRD, NMR spectroscopy, GC/MS analysis, kinetic studies and catalyst design, molecular modelling. The project may also involve collaborations with external institutions.

**Please note this project is for self-funded students**

Funding Notes

This is a self-funded project.
The applicant should have or expect to gain at least an upper second class degree, or equivalent overseas qualification, in a relevant subject.

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