UK Catalysis Hub


Design Publications

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2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013

Publications Include:



Alexander J. O'Malley, Stewart F. Parker,  C. Richard A. Catlow, Neutron spectroscopy as a tool in catalytic science, Chem. Commun., 2017,53, 12164-12176, DOI: 10.1039/C7CC05982E

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, Identification of single-site gold catalysis in acetylene hydrochlorination, 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

Gibson, E.K., Stere, C.E., Curran-McAteer, B., Jones, W., Cibin, G., Gianolio, D., Goguet, A., Wells, P.P., Catlow, C.R.A., Collier, P., Hinde, P., Hardacre, C. Probing the Role of a Non-Thermal Plasma (NTP) in the Hybrid NTP Catalytic Oxidation of Methane, Angewandte Chemie International Edition (2017) In Press DOI:10.1002/anie.2017035502.

Ellie K. Dann, Emma K. Gibson, Richard A.Catlow, Paul Collier, Tugce Eralp Erden, Diego Gianolio, Christopher Hardacre, Anna Kroner, Agnes Raj, Alexandre Goguet, and Peter P. Wells. Combined In Situ XAFS/DRIFTS Studies of the Evolution of Nanoparticle Structures from Molecular Precursors, Chemistry of Materials,
DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemmater.7b02552

Arunabhiram Chutia, Emma K. Gibson, Matthew R. Farrow, Peter P. Wells, Nikos Dimitratos, David J. Willock, C. Richard A. Catlow, The adsorption of Cu on the CeO2(110) surface, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2017, 19, 27191.

S. M. Rogers, C. R. A. Catlow, C. E. Chan-Thaw, A. Chutia, N. Jian, R. E. Palmer, M. Perdjon, A. Thetford, N. Dimitratos, A. Villa, P. P. Wells, Tandem Site and Size Controlled Pd Nanoparticles for the Directed Hydrogenation of Furfural, ACS Catalysis 2017, 7(4), 2266.

Chutia, A.; Silverwood, I. P.; Callear, S.; Farrow, M. R.; Scanlon, D. O.; Wells, P. P.; Bowker, M.; Parker, S. F.; Catlow C. R. A., Adsorption of formate species on Cu(h,k,l) low index surfaces, Surface Science 2016; 653, 45.

Callear, S. K.; Silverwood, I. P.; Chutia, A.; Catlow, C. R. A.; Parker, S. F.; The reaction of formic acid with Raney TM copper, Proceedings of The Royal Society A Mathematical Physical and Engineering Sciences, 2016, 472, 126.

Khaled, M.; Chutia, A.; Callison, J.; Wells, P. P.; Gibson, E. K.; Beale, A. M.; Catlow, C R. A.; Raja, R.; J. Mat,  Design and Control of Lewis Acid Sites in Sn-substituted Microporous Architectures, Chem. A, 2016, 4, 5706.

Silverwood, I.P.; Al-Rifai, N.; Cao, E.; Nelson, D.J.; Chutia, A.; Wells, P.; Nolan, S.P.; Frogley, M.D.; Cinque, G.; Gavriilidis, A.; Catlow, C.R.A., Towards microfluidic reactors for in situ synchrotron infrared studies, Rev Sci Instrum. 2016, 87(2), 024101-1.

O’Malley, A. J.; Parker, S. F.; Chutia, A.; Farrow, M. R.; Silverwood, I. P. Sakai, V. G.; Catlow C. R. A., Room Temperature Methoxylation in Zeolites: Insight into a Key Step of the Methanol-to-Hydrocarbons Process, Chem.Comm. 2016, 52(14), 2897.


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.


Emma K. Gibson, Andrew M. Beale, C. Richard A. Catlow, Arunabhiram Chutia, Diego Gianolio, Anna Gould, Anna Kroner, Khaled M. H. Mohammed, Michal Perdjon, Scott M. Rogers, Peter P. Wells, Restructuring of AuPd nanoparticles studied by a combined XAFS/DRIFTS approach, Chem. Mater, 27 (10), pp 3714–3720,  DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemmater.5b00866

Julia Kennedy, Wilm Jones David J. Morgan, Michael Bowker, Li Lu, Christopher J. Kiely, Peter P. Wells & Nikolaos Dimitratos, Photocatalytic hydrogen production by reforming of methanol using Au/TiO2, Ag/TiO2 and Au-Ag/TiO2 catalysts, Catalysis, Structure and reactivity, 1, 35-43     DOI:10.1179/2055075814Y.0000000006

Jean-Charles Buffet, Nidwaree Wanna, Thomas A. Q. Arnold, Emma K. Gibson, Peter P. Wells, Qiang Wang, Jonggol Tantirungrotechai, and Dermot O’Har, Highly Tunable Catalyst Supports for Single-Site Ethylene Polymerization,    Chemistry of Materials, 27 (5), pp 1495–1501, DOI:10.1021/cm503433q

Michael Bowker, Matthew House, Abdulmohsen Alshehri, Catherine Brookes, Emma K. Gibson & Peter P. Wells, Selectivity determinants for dual function catalysts: applied to methanol selective oxidation on iron molybdate, Catalysis, Structure and reactivity, 1 (2) 95-100, DOI:10.1179/2055075815Y.0000000002

G. Ye, X. Duan, K. Zhu, X. Zhou, M.-O. Coppens and W. Yuan, Optimizing spatial pore-size and porosity distributions of adsorbents for enhanced adsorption and desorption performance, Chem. Eng. Sci, 132, 108-117   

Sep-15, Dr. Ceri Hammond, Daniele Padovan, Abbas Al-Nayili, Dr. Peter. P. Wells, Dr. Emma K. Gibson, Dr. Nikolaos Dimitratos, Identification of Active and Spectator Sn Sites in Sn-β Following Solid-State Stannation, and Consequences for Lewis Acid Catalysis, ChemCatChem, 7, ( 20), 3322–3331, DOI:10.1002/cctc.201500545

Aug-15,   Christopher S. Hinde, Arran M. Gill, Dr. Peter P. Wells, Prof. T. S. Andy Hor,
Dr. Robert Raja, Utilizing Benign Oxidants for Selective Aerobic Oxidations Using Heterogenized Platinum Nanoparticle Catalysts, ChemPlusChem, 80, (8)
1226–1230,  DOI:10.1002/cplu.201500195

May-15,  Jiacheng Wang, Simon A. Kondrat, Yingyu Wang, Gemma L. Brett, Cicely Giles, Jonathan K. Bartley, Li Lu, Qian Liu, Christopher J. Kiely, and Graham J. Hutchings, Au-Pd Nanoparticles Dispersed on Composite Titania/Graphene Oxide-Supports as a Highly Active Oxidation Catalyst, ACS Catalysis, 5 (6), pp 3575–3587, DOI:10.1021/acscatal.5b00480

May-15, Christopher S. Hinde, Davide Ansovini, Peter P. Wells, Gillian Collins, Sivan Van Aswegen, Justin D. Holmes, T. S. Andy Hor, and Robert Raja,  Elucidating Structure-Property Relationships in the Design of Metal Nanoparticle Catalysts for the Activation of Molecular Oxygen, ACS Catalysis,  5 (6), pp 3807–3816   

May-15, Scott M. Rogers, C. Richard A. Catlow, Carine E. Chan-Thaw, Diego Gianolio Emma K. Gibson, Anna L. Gould, Nan Jian, Andrew J. Logsdail, Richard E. Palmer, Laura Prati, Nikolaos Dimitratos, Alberto Villa, and Peter P. Wells, Tailoring Gold Nanoparticle Characteristics and the Impact on Aqueous-Phase Oxidation of Glycerol, ACS Catalysis,  5 (7), pp 4377–4384, DOI:10.1021/acscatal.5b00754


M. Bowker et al., Hydrogen production by photoreforming of biofuels using Au, Pd and Au–Pd/TiO2 photocatalysts, Journal of Catalysis, 310(1):10–15      DOI:10.1016/j.jcat.2013.04.005

Michael M. Fordea   Robert D. Armstrong, Rebecca McVicker   Peter P. Wells   Nikolaos Dimitratos, Qian He, Li Lu,c   Robert L. Jenkins,   Ceri Hammond,  Jose Antonio Lopez-Sanchez,  Christopher J. Kiely and   Graham J. Hutchings, Light alkane oxidation using catalysts prepared by chemical vapour impregnation: tuning alcohol selectivity through catalyst pre-treatment, Chem. Sci.,   5, 3603-3616, DOI: 10.1039/C4SC00545G

Andrew M. Beale, Emma K. Gibson, Matthew G. O’Briena Simon D.M. Jacques, Robert J. Cernik, Marco Di Michiel, Paul D. Cobden, Özlem Pirgon-Galin, Leon van de Water, Michael J. Watson, Bert M. Weckhuysen, Chemical imaging of the sulfur-induced deactivation of Cu/ZnO catalyst, Journal of Catalysis, 314, 4–100        doi:10.1016/j.jcat.2014.04.007

Ren Su, Lokesh Kesavan,   Mads M. Jensen,   Ramchandra Tiruvalam,  Qian He,  Nikolaos Dimitratos,  Stefan Wendt,  Marianne Glasius,  Christopher J. Kiely,   Graham J. Hutchings and  Flemming Besenbacher, Selective photocatalytic oxidation of benzene for the synthesis of phenol using engineered Au-Pd alloy nanoparticles supported on titanium dioxideChem Comm, 50, 12612-12614,  DOI: 10.1039/c4cc04024d

P. Schönher. Prabhakaran. JonesN. Dimitratos, M. Bowkerand T. Hesjedal, Comparison of Au and TiO2 based catalysts for the synthesis of chalcogenide nanowires, Appl. Phys. Lett, 104, 253103, DOI: 10.1063/1.4885217

Andrew M. Beale, Simon D.M. Jacques Emma K. Gibson Marco Di Michiel, Progress towards five dimensional diffraction imaging of functional materials under process conditions, Coordination Chemistry Reviews,  277–278, 208–223,  DOI: 10.1016/j.ccr.2014.05.008

Jones W, Su R, Wells PP, Shen Y, Dimitratos N, Bowker M, Morgan D, Iversen BB, Chutia A, Besenbacher F, Hutchings G., Optimised photocatalytic hydrogen production using core–shell AuPd promoters with controlled shell thicknessPhys. Chem. Chem. Phys, 16(48):26638-44. DOI: 10.1039/C4CP04693E

Ren Su, Michael M. Forde,  Qian He,  Yanbin Shen,   Xueqin Wang,  Nikolaos Dimitratos,  Stefan Wendt,   Yudong Huang,  Bo B. Iversen,   Christopher J. Kiely,   Flemming Besenbacher and Graham J. Hutchings, Well-controlled metal co-catalysts synthesised by chemical vapour impregnation for photocatalytic hydrogen production and water purification, DALTON Transactions, 43, 14976-14982, DOI: 10.1039/C4DT01309C

Catherine Brookes, Peter P. Wells, Nikolaos Dimitratos, Wilm Jones†‡, Emma K. Gibson, David J. Morgan, Giannantonio Cibin Chris Nicklin David Mora-Fonz, David O. Scanlon, C. R. A. Catlow, and Mike Bowker, The Nature of the Molybdenum Surface in Iron Molybdate. The Active Phase in Selective Methanol Oxidation, J. Phys. Chem. C, 18 (45), pp 26155–26161, DOI: 10.1021/jp5081753


A. J. O'Malley and C.R.A. Catlow, Molecular dynamics simulations of longer n-alkanes in silicalite: Comparison of framework and hydrocarbon models, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys, 15, 19024-19030, doi: 10.1039/c3cp52653d.