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Catalysis & Chemical Reaction Engineering

Chemical reactions lie in the heart of processes where molecules are transformed from raw materials to useful products. Occasionally the ultimate goal of the reaction is the production of energy. For the efficient and economic utilisation of such chemical transformations the domain where they are performed (the reactor) needs to be carefully designed accounting for kinetics, hydrodynamics, mass and heat transfer. Catalysis plays a significant role in many of these transformations, leading to more efficient, greener and more sustainable processing routes. Particular areas of interest within the group include catalytic pyrolysis, electrocatalysis, microreaction technology, and photocatalysis.

Applications

energy

The catalytic materials and reactor technologies developed by the group find applications in diverse areas. These include applications in energy such as hydrogen production from water, driven by solar energy or electrolysis, fuel cells, batteries, production of fuels from waste materials or CO2. Strong focus exists also on sustainable, green manufacturing of chemicals and pharmaceuticals.

Collaborations and Awards

We collaborate extensively with colleagues from various departments at UCL, as well as other Universities and Research Centres from UK and overseas. Funding has been obtained from the Research Councils, TSB and industrial sources. The group has received awards, such as the ISE Oronzio and Niccol Nora Foundation Prize for Applied Electrochemistry.

Academic Staff

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