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H. Bahruji, M. Bowker, J. Hayward, G. Hutchings, W. Jones, D. J. Morgan and J. Ruiz Esquius, PdZn catalysts for CO2 hydrogenation to methanol using chemical vapour impregnation (CVI), Faraday Discuss., 2016, DOI: 10.1039/C6FD00189K.

P.R. Davies, On the Role of Water in Heterogeneous Catalysis: A Tribute to Professor M. Wyn Roberts, Top Catal, 59, 671–677, DOI: 10.1007/s11244-016-0539-

H. Altass, A.F. Carley, P.R. Davies, R.J. Davies, XPS and STM studies of the oxidation of hydrogen chloride at Cu(100) surfaces, Surface Science, 650, 177–186, DOI: 10.1016/j.susc.2015.12.024

O.F. Aldosari, S. Iqbal, P.J. Miedziak, G.L. Brett, D.R. Jones, X. Liu, J.K. Edwards, D.J. Morgan, D.K. Knight and G.J. Hutchings, Pd-Ru/TiO2 catalyst – an active and selective catalyst for furfural hydrogenation, Catal. Sci. Technol, 6,234-242

A. Kondrat, P.J. Smith, P.P. Wells, P.A. Chater, J.H. Carter, D.J. Morgan, E.M. Fiordaliso, J.B. Wagner, T.E. Davies, L. Lu, J.K. Bartley, S.H. Taylor, M.S. Spencer, C.J. Kiely, G.J. Kelly, C.W. Park, M.J. Rosseinsky and G.J. Hutchings, Stable amorphous georgeite as a precursor to a high activity catalyst, Nature, 531, 83-274       

M. Bowker, The Role of Precursor States in Adsorption, Surface Reactions and Catalysis, Topics in Catal, 59:663–670

B. R. Yeo, Geoffrey J. F. Pudge, K. G. Bugler, A. V. Rushby, S. Kondrat, J. Bartley, S. Golunski, S. H. Taylor, E. Gibson, P. P. Wells, C. Brookes, M. Bowker, G. J. Hutchings, The surface of iron molybdate catalysts used for the selective oxidation of methanol, Surface Science, 648, 163–169, 10.1016/j.susc.2015.11.010

H. Bahruji, M. Bowker, G. Hutchings, N. Dimitratos, P. Wells, E. Gibson, W. Jones, C. Brookes, D. J. Morgan, G. Lalev, Pd/ZnO catalysts for direct CO2 hydrogenation to methanol, J. Catal. in press, doi.org/10.1016/j.jcat.2016.03.017

M. Bowker and K. C. Waugh, From surface science to catalysis: The importance of methoxy and formate species on Cu single crystals and industrial catalysts, Surface Sci, 650, 93–102       

Qian Yang, Wilm Jones, Peter P. Wells, David Morgan, Lichun Dong, Baoshan Hu, Nikolaos Dimitratos, Mingdong Dong, Mike Bowker, Flemming Besenbacher, Ren Su, Graham Hutchings, Exploring the mechanisms of metal co-catalysts in photocatalytic reduction reactions: Is Ag a good candidate? Applied Catalysis A, 518, 213-220, doi:10.1016/j.apcata.2015.10.023

Bolimowski, Patryk A; Bond, Ian P; Wass, Duncan F, Robust synthesis of epoxy resin-filled microcapsules for application to self-healing materials, Philosophical transactions. Series A, Mathematical, physical, and engineering sciences, Volume: 374,  Issue: 2061

Christopher D. Evans, Simon A. Kondrat,* Paul J. Smith, Troy D. Manning, Peter J. Miedziak, Gemma L. Brett, Robert D. Armstrong, Jonathan K. Bartley, Stuart H. Taylor, Matthew J. Rosseinsky and Graham J. Hutchings, The preparation of large surface area lanthanum based perovskite supports for AuPt nanoparticles: tuning the glycerol oxidation reaction pathway by switching the perovskite B site, Faraday Discuss 2016,188, 427-450, DOI: 10.1039/C5FD00187K

Inaki Gandarias, Ewa Nowicka, Blake J. May, Shaimaa Alghareed, Robert D. Armstrong, Peter J. Miedziak and Stuart H. Taylor,  The selective oxidation of n-butanol to butyraldehyde by oxygen using stable Pt-based nanoparticulate catalysts: an efficient route for upgrading aqueous biobutanol, CATALYSIS SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY, Volume: 6, Issue: 12, Pages: 4201-420910.1039/C5cy01726b

Yufei He, Prof. Junting Feng, Dr. Gemma L. Brett, Yanan Liu, Dr. Peter J. Miedziak, Dr. Jennifer K. Edwards, Prof. David W. Knight, Prof. Dianqing Li, Prof. Graham J. Hutchings, Oxidation of Aliphatic Alcohols by Using Precious Metals Supported on Hydrotalcite under Solvent- and Base-Free Conditions, CHEMSUSCHEM, Volume: 8 Issue: 19  Pages: 3314-3322, DOI: 10.1002/cssc. 201500503



V. K. Puthiyapura, W. Lin, A. E. Russell, D. J. L. Brett, C. Hardacre, Effect of Mass Transport on the Electrochemical Oxidation of Alcohols over Electrodeposited film and Carbon- Supported Pt electrodes, Topics in Catalysis. In press

Pavel, O. D., Podolean, I., Parvulescu, V. I., Taylor, S. F. R., Manyar, H., Ralphs, K., Goodrich, P., & Hardacre, C. (2017). Impact of SCILL catalysts for the S-S coupling of thiols to disulfides Faraday Discussions. In press

F.P.Bouxin, X.Zhang, I.N.Kings, A.F.Lee, M.J.H.Simmons, K.Wilson, S.D.Jackson, Deactivation study of the hydrodeoxygenation of p-methylguaiacol over silica supported rhodium and platinum catalysts, Applied Catalysis A: General, Volume 539, (2017), Pages 29-37, DOI: 10.1016/j.apcata.2017.03.039

Â. Silva, K. Wilson, Adam F. Lee, V. C. dos Santos, A. C. Cons Bacilla, K. M. Mantovani, S Nakagaki. Nb2O5/SBA-15 catalyzed propanoic acid esterification. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, Vol. 205, 15.05.2017, p. 498-504. DOI: 10.1016/j.apcatb.2016.12.066

Stere CE, Anderson JA, Chansai S, Delgado JJ, Goguet A, Graham WG, Hardacre C, Taylor SFR, Tu X, Wang Z, Yang H, Non-Thermal Plasma Activation of Gold-Based Catalysts for Low-Temperature Water-Gas Shift Catalysis, Angew Chem Int Ed Engl. 2017 May 8;56(20):5579-5583. doi: 10.1002/anie.201612370. Epub 2017 Apr 12.


Mariano Tapia Reche a, Amin Osatiashtiani a, Lee J. Durndell a, Mark A. Isaacs a, Ângela Silva b, Adam F. Lee ORCID logoa and Karen Wilson, Niobic acid nanoparticle catalysts for the aqueous phase transformation of glucose and fructose to 5-hydroxymethylfurfural, Catal. Sci. Technol., 2016, 6, 7334-7341, DOI: 10.1039/c6cy01129b

Xingguang Zhang, Karen Wilson, and Adam F. Lee, Heterogeneously Catalyzed Hydrothermal Processing of C5–C6 Sugars, Chem. Rev., 2016, 116 (19), pp 12328–12368, DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemrev.6b00311

Xingguang Zhang, Lee J. Durndell, Mark A. Isaacs, Christopher M. A. Parlett, Adam F. Lee, and Karen Wilson. Platinum-Catalyzed Aqueous-Phase Hydrogenation of d-Glucose to d-Sorbitol, ACS Catal., 2016, 6 (11), pp 7409–7417, DOI: 10.1021/acscatal.6b02369

Falkowska, M., Chansai, S., Manyar, H. G., Gladden, L. F., Bowron, D. T., Youngs, T. G. A., & Hardacre, C. (2016). Determination of toluene hydrogenation kinetics with neutron diffraction. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 18(26), 17237-17243.

Caravaca, A., Daly, H., Smith, M., Mills, A., Chansai, S., & Hardacre, C. (2016). Continuous flow gas phase photoreforming of methanol at elevated reaction temperatures sensitised by Pt/TiO2. Reaction Chemistry & Engineering, 1, 649-657.

Falkowska, M., Bowron, D. T., Manyar, H. G., Hardacre, C., & Youngs, T. G. A. (2016). Neutron Scattering of Aromatic and Aliphatic Liquids. ChemPhysChem, 17(13), 2043–2055

Puthiyapura, V.K., et al., Bio-butanol as fuel for direct alcohol fuel cells - Investigation of Sn-modified Pt catalyst for butanol electro-oxidation. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2016. 8(20): p. 12859-12870.

JJL Humphrey et al. Electrochemical Reduction of Carbon Dioxide at Gold-Palladium Core–Shell Nanoparticles: Product Distribution versus Shell Thickness. ChemCatChem 8 (2016) 952

I.M. Jimenez et al. Enhanced MFC power production and struvite recovery by the addition of sea salts to urine. Water Research (2016), DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2016.11.017.

J. C. Calderon et al. Palladium–nickelmaterials as cathode electrocatalysts for alkaline fuel cells. Int. J. Hydrogen Energy (2016), DOI: 10.1016/j.ijhydene.2016.08.192.

P.W. May et al. Diamond-coated ‘black silicon’ as a promising material for high-surface-area electrochemical electrodes and antibacterial surfaces, J. Mater. Chem. B 4 (2016) 5737-5746.

A. Gomis-Berenguer et al. Nanoporous carbon/WO3 anodes for an enhanced water photooxidation. Carbon 108 (2016) 471-479

L.M. Rivera Gavidia et al. Methanol tolerant Pt2CrCo catalysts supported on ordered mesoporous carbon for the cathode of DMFC, Int. J. Hydrogen Energy 41 (2016) 19645-19655.

V. Celorrio et al., Composition-Dependent Reactivity of Ba0.5Sr0.5CoxFe1-xO3-δ toward the Oxygen Reduction Reaction, J. Phys. Chem. C 120 (2016) 22291-22297

Morgan, Kevin; Touitou, Jamal; Choi, Jae-Soon; Coney, Ciaran; Hardacre, Christopher; Pihl, Josh A.; Stere, Cristina E.; Kim, Mi-Young; Stewart, Caomhan; Goguet, Alexandre; Partridge, William P, Evolution and Enabling Capabilities of Spatially Resolved Techniques for the Characterization of Heterogeneously Catalyzed Reactions, ACS Catalysis, 6, 2, 1356

Caravaca A, Jones W, Hardacre C, Bowker M. H2 production by the photocatalytic reforming of cellulose and raw biomass using Ni, Pd, Pt and Au on titania, Proc. R. Soc. A, 472: 20160054, http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspa.2016.0054

J.C. Calderón, V. Celorrio, M.J. Nieto-Monge, D.J. Fermín, J.I. Pardo, R. Moliner, M.J. Lázaro. Palladium-Nickel Materials as Cathode Electrocatalysts for Alkaline Fuel Cells. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, Accepted

V. Celorrio, E. Dann, L. Calvillo, G. Granozzi, A. Aguadero, D. Kramer, A. Russell, D.J. Fermín, Oxygen Reduction Reaction at LaxCa1-xMnO3 Nanostructures: Interplay between A-site Segregation and B-site valence, Catalysis Science & Technology, doi: 10.1039/C6CY01105E

P.W. May, M. Clegg, T.A. Silva, H. Zanin, O. Fatibello-Filho, V. Celorrio, D.J. Fermin, C. Welch, G. Hazell, L. Fisher, A. Nobbs, B. Su, Diamond-coated ‘black Si’ as a promising material for high-surface-area electrochemical electrodes and antibacterial surfaces. Journal of Materials Chemistry B,  4, 5737-5746       

E. Madrid, M.A. Buckingham, J.M. Stone, A.T. Rogers, W.G. Gee, A.D. Burrows, P.R. Raithby, V. Celorrio, D.J. Fermin, F. Marken, Ion Flow in ZIF-8 Results in Ionic Diode Phenomena, Chemical Communications, 52 2792-2794

L.M. Rivera, G. García, V. Celorrio, M.J. Lázaro, E. Pastor, Pt2CrCo catalysts supported on ordered mesoporous carbon for the cathode of DMFC,    International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, doi: 10.1016/j.ijhydene.2013.06.132

A. Gomis-Berenguer, V. Celorrio, D.J. Fermín, J. Iniesta, C.O. Ania. Photoelectrochemical behaviour of nanoporous carbon/ WO3 electrodes Carbon, 108, 471-479.

James A. Bennett, Karen Wilson and Adam F. Lee, Catalytic applications of waste derived materials, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2016,4, 3617-3637, DOI: 10.1039/c5ta09613h



Romain, C; Zhu, Y.; Williams, C.K , Sustainable Polymers From Renewable Resources for Today and Tomorrow, Nature, in press      

Romain, C.; Zhu, Y.; Dingwall, P.; Paul, S.; Rzepa, H. S.; Buchard, A.; Williams, C. K., Chemoselective Polymerizations from Mixtures of Epoxide, Lactone, Anhydride, and Carbon Dioxide, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 138, 4120-4131   

Thevenon, A.; Romain, C.; Bennington, M. S.; White, A. J. P.; Davidson, H. J.; Brooker, S.; Williams, C. K., Dizinc Lactide Polymerization Catalysts: Hyperactivity by Control of Ligand Conformation and Metallic Cooperativity, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 55, 8680-8685       

Andrey V. Protchenko†, Joshua I. Bates†, Liban M. A. Saleh†, Matthew P. Blake†, Andrew D. Schwarz†, Eugene L. Kolychev†, Amber L. Thompson†, Cameron Jones‡, Philip Mountford†, and Simon Aldridge, Enabling and Probing Oxidative Addition and Reductive Elimination at a Group 14 Metal Center: Cleavage and Functionalization of E-H Bonds by a Bis(boryl)stannylene, JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY,  Volume: 138, Issue: 13, Pages: 4555-4564, DOI: 10.1021/jacs.6b00710

Trott, G.; Saini, P. K.; Williams, C. K., Catalysts for Co2/Epoxide Ring-Opening Copolymerization, Philos. Trans. R. Soc. A-Math. Phys. Eng. Sci., 374.  

Charlie Fehl and Benjamin G. Davis, Proteins as Templates for Complex Synthetic Metalloclusters: Towards Biologically Programmed Heterogeneous Catalysis, Proc. R. Soc. A, 472, 20160078, DOI: 10.1098/rspa.2016.0078

A. Grigoropoulos G. F. S. Whitehead, N. Perret, A. P. Katsoulidis, F. M. Chadwick, R. P. Davies, A. Haynes, L. Brammer, A. S. Weller, J. Xiao and M. J. Rosseinsky, Encapsulation of an organometallic cationic catalyst by direct exchange into an anionic MOF, Chem. Sci, 7, 2037-2050   

P. Marcé, J. Lynch, A. J. Blacker, J. M. J. Williams., A Mild Hydration of Nitriles Catalysed by Copper(II) Acetate, Chem. Commun, 52, 1436.   

P. Marcé, J. Lynch, A. J. Blacker, J. M. J. Williams, Conversion of Nitroalkanes into Carboxylic Acids via Iodide Catalysis in Water, Chem. Commun, 52, 1013.   

Zhang, Xingguang; Durndell, Lee; Isaacs, Mark; Parlett, Christopher; Lee, Adam; Wilson, Karen, Pt catalyzed aqueous-phase hydrogenation of D-glucose to D-sorbitol, ACS Catalys, In press      

Zhang, Xingguang; Wilson, Karen; Lee, Adam, Heterogeneously catalyzed hydrothermal processing of C5C6 sugars, Chemical Reviews, In press   

 Perret, Noemie Grigoropoulos, Alexios Zanella, Marco Manning, Troy D Claridge, John B Rosseinsky, Matthew J, Catalytic Response and Stability of Nickel/Alumina for the Hydrogenation of 5-Hydroxymethylfurfural in Water, CHEMSUSCHEM, Volume: 9, Issue: 5, Pages: 521-531     



Grazia Malta, Simon A. Kondrat, Simon J. Freakley, Catherine J. Davies, Li Lu, Simon Dawson, Adam Thetford, Emma K. Gibson, David J. Morgan, Wilm Jones, Peter P. Wells, Peter Johnston, C. Richard A. Catlow, Christopher J. Kiely, Graham J. Hutchings, Encapsulation of an organometallic cationic catalyst by direct exchange into an anionic MOF, Science, 2017, Vol 355, Issue 6332, Pages. 1399-1403, DOI: 10.1126/science.aal3439

Suwardiyanto, R.F.Howe, E.K.Gibson, C.R.A.Catlow, J.McGregor, P.Collier, S.F.Parker, D.Lennon, An Assessment of Hydrocarbon Species in the Methanol to Hydrocarbon Reaction over ZSM-5, Faraday Discuss., 2017, 197, 447-471  DOI: 10.1039/C6FD00195E


Rogers, Scott, Dimitratos, Nikolaos, Jones, Wilm, Bowker, Michael, Kanaras, Antonios G., Wells, Peter Philip, Catlow, Charles Richard and Parker, Stewart, The adsorbed state of a thiol on palladium nanoparticles, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys, 18, 17265, doi10.1039/C6CP00957C

I. Silverwood, N. Al-Rifai, E. Cao, D.J. Nelson, A. Chutia, P.P. Wells, S.P. Nolan, M.D. Frogley, G. Cinque, A. Gavriilidis, R. Catlow, Towards Microfluidic Reactors for In Situ Synchrotron Infrared Studies, Review of Scientific Instruments, 87, 024101   

Brookes, Catherine; Wells, Peter; Gibson, Emma; Gianolio, Diego; Mohammed, Khaled; Parry, Stephen; Rogers, Scott; Silverwood, Ian; Bowker, Michael, In situ spectroscopic investigations of MoOx/Fe2O3 catalysts for the selective oxidation of methanol, Catal. Sci. Technol, 6, 722, doi10.1039/c5cy01175b

I. P. Silverwood S. M. Rogers, S. K. Callear, S. F. Parker and C. R. A. Catlow, Evidence for a Surface Gold Hydride on a Nanostructured Gold Catalyst,
Chem. Commun., 52, 533-536  

Alexander J. O'Malley, Stewart F. Parker,  Arunabhiram Chutia,   Matthew R. Farrow,   Ian P. Silverwood,   Victoria García-Sakaic and  C. Richard A. Catlow, Room temperature methoxylation in zeolites: insight into a key step of the methanol-to-hydrocarbons process, Chem. Commun, 52, 2897-2900      

M. Bowker, E. K. Gibson, I. P. Silverwood and C. Brookes , Methanol Oxidation on Fe2O3 Catalysts and the Effects of Surface Mo, Faraday Discuss, 188, 387-398      

Samantha K. Callear, Ian P. Silverwood, Arunabhiram Chutia, C. Richard A. Catlow, Stewart F. Parker, The reaction of formic acid with RaneyTM copper, Proc. Roy. Soc. A, 472, 0126   

Alexander J. O'Malley,   Victoria García Sakai,   Ian P. Silverwood,   Nikolaos Dimitratos,   Stewart F. Parker and   C. Richard A. Catlow, Methanol Diffusion in Zeolite HY: A Combined Quasielastic Neutron Scattering and Molecular Dynamics Simulation Study, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys, 18, 17294-17302 

Matthew E. Potter   Sivan V. Aswegen,   Emma K. Gibson,  Ian P. Silverwood and    Robert Raja, Spectroscopic investigation into the design of solid-acid catalysts for the low temperature dehydration of ethanol, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys, 18, 17303-17310    

Silverwood, Ian P.; Parker, Stewart F.; Catlow, C. Richard A., Neutron scattering in catalysis and energy materials, PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY CHEMICAL PHYSICS, Volume: 18, Issue: 26, Pages: 17140-17140, DOI: 10.1039/c6cp90150f

Alexander J. O'Malley, Iain Hitchcock, Misbah Sarwar, Ian P. Silverwood, Sheena Hindocha, C. Richard A. Catlow, Andrew P. E. York and   P. J. Collier, Ammonia Mobility in Chabazite: Insight into the Diffusion Component of the NH3-SCR Process, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys, 18, 17159-17168   

Arunabhiram Chutia, Ian P. Silverwood, Matthew R. Farrow, David O. Scanlon, Peter P. Wells, Michael Bowker, Stewart F. Parker, C. Richard A. Catlow, Adsorption of formate species on Cu(h,k,l) low index surfaces, Surf. Sci. 653, 45-54, doi:10.1016/j.susc.2016.05.002

S. Chapman, C. Brookes, M. Bowker, E. K. Gibson and P. P. Wells, Design and stabilisation of a high area iron molybdate surface for the selective oxidation of methanol to formaldehyde, Faraday Discussions, 188, 115       DOI:10.1039/C5FD00153F 

Khaled M. H. Mohammed Arunabhiram Chutia, June Callison, Peter P. Wells, Emma K. Gibson, Andrew M. Beale, C. Richard A. Catlow and Robert Raja, Design and control of Lewis acid sites in Sn-substituted microporous architectures, Journal of Materials Chemistry, 4 (15), pp.5706-5712, DOI: 10.1039/C5TA10283A

S.F. Parker, V. Garcia-Sakai, D. Lennon, A. Jackson, M.R. Johnson and U.A. Jayasooriya, Methyl tunnelling of adsorbed methoxy on alumina catalysts, Chemical Communications, 52, 366-369, doi: 10.1039/C5CC08223D

R.F. Howe, J. McGregor, S.F. Parker, P. Collier and D. Lennon, Application of inelastic neutron scattering to the methanol-to-gasoline reaction over a ZSM-5 catalyst, Catalysis Letters, 146, Issue 71242-1248, doi:10.1007/s10562-016-1742-5

Unravelling the Interplay between Active Site Design and Molecular Diffusion, Chemical Science, In press, Manuscript ID: SC-EDG-08-2016-003715

A.J. O’Malley, S.F. Parker, A. Chutia, I.P. Silverwood, V. García-Sakai and C.R.A. Catlow, Framework dependent room temperature methoxylation in zeolites: insight into the first step of the MTH process, Chemical Communications, 52,  2897-2900, doi: 10.1039/C5CC08956E

S.F. Parker and P.M. Collier, Applications of neutron scattering in catalysis, Johnson Matthey Technical Review, 60, 132–144, doi:10.1595/205651316x691230

G. Ye, X. Zhou, M.-O. Coppens and W. Yuan, Probing pore blocking effects on multiphase reactions within porous catalyst particles using a discrete model, AIChE J, 62(2) 451-460.   

Ye, X. Zhou, M.-O. Coppens, J. Zhou and W. Yuan, Influence of catalyst pore network structure on the hysteresis of multiphase reactions, AIChE J.          DOI:10.1002/aic.15415.

Biocatalysis and Biotransformations


X. Tang, R. K. Allemann, T. Wirth, Optimising terpene synthesis with flow biocatalysis, Eur. J. Org. Chem. 2017, 414-418.

M. Demiray, X. Tang, T. Wirth, J.A. Faraldos, R. K. Allemann, An efficient chemoenzymatic synthesis of dihydroartemisinic acidAngew. Chem. 2017, 129, 4411-4415; Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2017, 56, 4347-4350.

X. Tang, M. Demiray, R. K. Allemann, T. Wirth, Concise synthesis of artemisinin from a farnesyl diphosphate analogueBioorg. Med. Chem. 2017, in press, DOI: 10.1016/j.bmc.2017.03.068.

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