Professor Gopinathan Sankar

  Professor Gopinathan Sankar is Professor of Materials Chemistry with the focus on Heterogeneous Catalysis and Synchrotron Radiation techniques. His group is multidisciplinary and currently consists of 7 PhD students and 3 MSc students. Research in Catalytic chemistry within his group includes the synthesis of catalysts, Characterisation by a range of techniques and catalytic performance for a range of reactions, which includes selective oxidation of organic substrates, alcohol to hydrocarbon conversions and environmental catalysis.  He has been at UCL since 2007. Before this, he was at The Royal Institution of GB since 1990.  
Summary of research group
  Our group is concerned with Synthesis of supported catalysts, bulk oxide catalysts and nano porous catalytic materials.  We are also involved in developing methods for characterising materials both under in situ and ex situ conditions using advanced techniques, in particular Synchrotron Radiation methods to determine structure function relationships

Research highlights
Research Facilities
  • XRD
  • NMR
  • FTIR
  • Raman 
  • SEM/TEM techniques within the department
  • Synchrotron Radiation sources in UK and France
  • Royal Society Industry Fellowship (2007)
  • Member, Royal Society of Chemistry
Research interests
  • Heterogeneous catalysis
  • Functional porous materials
  • Thin films
  • Supported nano structured catalysts
  • Sustainable chemistry
  • Environmental catalysis
  • Selective oxidation catalysis
  Lecturer, 4th Year UG – Heterogeneous catalysis and structure of disordered materials (Intense radiation for Chemists