About the Project
Zeolites are nanostructured materials comprising micropore and mesopore aluminium silicate frameworks, which are the centre of catalytic applications for the synthesis of bulk and fine chemicals. A crucial application, useful for energy applications, is the conversion of sugars like glucose or fructose to intermediates like levulinic acid, which are the precursors of fine chemicals and fuels.
In this project you will tackle this challenge by synthesizing an array of zeolites by using an array of different preparation method and protocols. This project involves the following techniques or methods: heterogeneous catalyst synthesis, XRD, HPLC, GC/MS analysis, kinetic studies and catalyst design. The project may also involve collaborations with external institutions.
**Please note this project is for self-funded students**
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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