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Reference Number EP/G007594/3
Title Nanoengineered Materials for Clean Catalytic Technologies
Status Completed
Energy Categories Not Energy Related 50%;
Renewable Energy Sources(Bio-Energy, Production of other biomass-derived fuels (incl. Production from wastes)) 25%;
Renewable Energy Sources(Bio-Energy, Production of transport biofuels (incl. Production from wastes)) 25%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Chemistry) 100%
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Dr AF Lee
No email address given
Cardiff University
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 August 2013
End Date 13 February 2014
Duration 7 months
Total Grant Value £257,739
Industrial Sectors Chemicals
Region Wales
Programme NC : Physical Sciences
Investigators Principal Investigator Dr AF Lee , Chemistry, Cardiff University (100.000%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , BP Alternative Energy International Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , BP Chemicals Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Koninklijke DSM N.V., The Netherlands (0.000%)
Project Contact , Syngenta (0.000%)
Project Contact , European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF), France (0.000%)
Project Contact , University of York (0.000%)
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Abstract Catalysis lies at the heart of life on earth, powers our homes and puts food on our tables. However to a large degree our ability to transform individual atoms and molecules into new pharmaceutical medicines, fuels, and fertilisers has depended upon an equal combination of brilliant science and serendipitous discoveries. This reflects the complex interactions between reacting molecules and products, their surrounding environment, and of course the catalyst itself, which ideally remains unchanged over thousands of reaction cycles. Recent advances in chemical synthesis and analysis now offer an unprecedented opportunity to sculpt the atomic structure of solid catalysts and to peer inside their microscopic workings.Over the next five years, I propose to integrate these new experimental and theoretical breakthroughs with my own expertise in catalyst design and testing, to develop a new generation of nanoengineered materials for the clean production of valuable chemical feedstocks and sustainable biofuels. New collaborations, forged with world leaders in the areas of inorganic solid-state chemistry, nanoscale imaging and computer modelling, will help me to develop the multidisciplinary skillsets needed to achieve my vision of solid catalysts, tailored 'on demand', for efficient clean technologies that will benefit society over the coming decade

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