About the Project
You will learn to use Manchester’s world leading TEM capabilities to image the structure and elemental distribution of nanoparticle catalysts during exposure to reactive gas environments and across a range of elevated temperatures, as experienced during Fischer Tropsch synthesis. It is already well understood that the size and morphology of nanoparticles is critical for their effective catalytic operation.[1,2] Catalytic testing has also shown that the addition of elemental promotors, can change the nanoparticle size distribution as well as the selectivity shift towards cleaner products. In this project you will study the effect of different elemental additions and sustainable source feeds as well as other factors like humidity and gas atmosphere on catalyst size and selectivity.
You will acquire a broad range of characterisation and analytical experimental skills. You will have the opportunity to collaborate with industry and to spend time in an industrial environment to use the catalytic testing capabilities of BP if this is of interest. However it is expected that all the results will be publishable and will lead to high impact publications in world leading journals. The specific approach and materials can be adapted depending on the interests of the student. There will be opportunities to undertake experiments at national and international facilities, and to present your work at international conferences.
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