UCL Department of Chemical Engineering


Catalysis and Reaction Engineering

Chemical reactions lie at the heart of processes where molecules are transformed from raw materials to useful products and energy. To make these reactions more efficient and sustainable, we develop a variety of catalysts, novel reactor concepts and intensified processes. For this purpose, we develop and routinely employ modelling across length  scales (from nano to macro), in conjunction with advanced experimental techniques.

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Heterogenous catalysis for the synthesis of bulk and fine chemicals and intermediates, as well as for energy-related applications and carbon dioxide utilisation

Electrocatalysis that uses electrons for sustainable chemical transformations as well as for energy generation in fuel cells

Photocatalysis that utilises solar energy as energy source to drive chemical processes, and produce chemicals and energy vectors such as hydrogen

Multiscale computational catalysis engineering that bridges active site to reactor scales, providing insight into current and novel catalytic materials, reactors and processes

Reactor engineering across length scales from microreactors to scaled-up multiphase, fluidised bed and membrane reactors, often incorporating heterogenous catalysts

Process Intensification for more efficient, sustainable, safe chemical processes that are modular and have small footprint

Advanced thermochemical technologies such as plasma, gasification, pyrolysis, and catalytic reforming for bioenergy and chemical recycling