RESEARCH INTERESTS

Biomass/Waste Valorisation

Research on biomass valorisation has been focused in several areas including transformations of biomass-derived platform molecules to high added value chemicals and biofuels (e.g. biodiesel) to microwave-assisted processes with lignocellulosics, algae and other low-cost and waste raw materials.

Current projects include:

  • Lignin depolymerisation using novel methodologies and heterogeneous catalysts valorisation of waste feedstocks: from high added value chemicals to carbonaceous materials transformation of platform molecules to biofuels and chemicals
  • Valorisation of waste feedstocks: from high added value chemicals to carbonaceous materials
  • Transformation of platform molecules to biofuels and chemicals

Selected references:

  • Energy Environ. Sci. 2012, 5, 5481-5488
  • Energy Environ. Sci. 2012, 5, 5186-5202
  • Green Chem. 2011, 13, 3162-3167
  • ChemCatChem 2011, 3, 594-597
  • Chem. Soc. Rev. 2011, 40, 5266-5281
  • Energy Environ. Sci. 2010, 3, 254-257
  • Biores. Technol. 2010, 101, 4144-4150
  • Energy Environ. Sci. 2010, 3, 1706-1721
Catal. Sci. Technol.
2016, 6, 4705-4711
Energy Environ. Sci.
2008, 1, 542-564
Energy Environ. Sci.
2011, 4, 3913-3929

Nanoscale Chemistry

We have focused our research on a range of supported metals and metal oxide nanoparticle on porous materials. Metals employed to date from noble (Pd, Pt, Ru, Rh) to transition metals including Fe, Co, Cu and Ni. Materials have been prepared using novel methodologies developed in our group including microwave and ball-milling assisted deposition protocols.

Selected references:

  • Adv. Synth. Catal. 2011, 353, 3107-3113
  • Green Chem. 2012 , 14, 393-402
  • Chem. Rev. 2011, 111, 3036-3075
  • Chem. Commun. 2010, 46, 7825-7827
  • Green Chem. 2010, 12, 1995-2002
  • Green Chem. 2010, 12, 1281-1287
Chem. Commun.
2012, 48, 1860-1862
Chem. Commun.
2011, 47, 9024-9035
Green Chem.
2010, 12, 1540-1543

NEWS AND EVENTS

15/05/2017Congratulations to Esther for passing her defense!

15/05/2017Congratulations to Layla for winning the best poster prize in ISGC 2017 in La Rochelle, France!

15/05/2017Attending ISGC 2017 in La Rochelle, France!