UK Catalysis Hub


Catalysis by Design

The aim of the Catalyst By Design (Design) theme is to develop Fundamental knowledge of structure and mechanism promoting innovation. 

The design theme is based at the Research complex at Harwell.  seven projects were funded in the new call including a con funded project with energy and a con funded project with transformations. More information  about the Projects funded in the 2015 Call for project can be found below 

Current Projects 

Synthetic Protein Metalloclusters – Hanging Catalytically Exciting Metals from Precise Sites
Further Developments in Advanced In Situ and Operando Spectroscopy 
Development and interrogation of Cu/Fe-based small-pore zeolites for deNOx using NH3-SCR
Spatially controlled nanoparticle pairs to probe surface species diffusion in heterogeneous catalysis. (12 months)
Electronic Properties and Reactivity of Nanoparticles on Oxide Surfaces.
Reaction Pathways in Alcohol to Hydrocarbon Conversion: a Multi-technique Approach. 
Comparing Homogeneous and Heterogeneous Catalysts For Selective Polymerisations

Projects 2017 

The development of in situ soft XAS capabilities in the UK; exemplification via understanding the dynamic nature of Fischer-Tropsch synthesis catalysts
Multiplexed Integrated Microreactor for in situ Reactive Characterization of Catalysts
An operando and catalyst synthesis study of propane oxidative dehydrogenation
Advances in Aqueous Phase Reforming of Glycerol
Design of the next generation of high performance catalysts for light alkane dehydrogenation
The Role of Solvents in Nanoparticle Catalysis: Redox vs Radical mechanisms
Advanced Operando Structural and Mechanistic Characterisation of Emission Control Heterogeneous Catalysts

Initial Projects  

Initial projects were focused on 

i)Computational Modelling 

ii) Facilities (synchrotron, neutron and laser)

iii)Multi scale and multi-technique approach: from nano- to macro.

Information on the topics if the Initial Exemplary Projects can be found here 

Initial design Project