EPSRC grant for Dr Justin Hargreaves and collaborators
Issued: Tue, 27 Mar 2012 12:07:00 BST
Dr Justin Hargreaves of the catalysis grouping and his collaborators have won a large EPSRC grant entitled “Controlled ensemble size and elucidation of structure-sensitivity: a new approach in nitride catalysis”. The grant brings £310k to Glasgow and £294k to the collaborators at the University of Southampton.
Most industrial chemical processes use catalysts to enhance the rate at which a reaction proceeds or to favour a specific product. Catalysts thus lead to significant savings in the energy used for large-scale processes and a reduction in the amount of waste generated. Amongst the catalysts applied, heterogeneous catalysts are the most practical due to the ease of their separation from product streams. This project will combine synthetic and application based advances to metal nitrides, which are an emerging class of heterogeneous catalyst with interesting and distinctive properties. The programme combines the development of catalyst synthesis routes, which will be used to control the size and elemental composition of the catalytic sites with extensive catalyst testing, involving reactions performed under industrially relevant conditions.