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EPSRC Reference: GR/N01514/01
Title: IN SITU STM/AFM CHARACTERISATION AND REACTOR TESTING OF MODEL HETEROGENEOUS ENANTIOSELECTIVE CATALYSTS
Principal Investigator: Baddeley, Professor C
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Department: Chemistry
Organisation: University of St Andrews
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 01 January 2000 Ends: 31 December 2002 Value (£): 191,415
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Catalysis & Applied Catalysis Surfaces & Interfaces
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology Chemicals
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This programme aims to develop a stepwise approach to link UHV studies on single crystal surfaces to high pressure studies on real catalysts. The technique of STM will be used to gain atomically resolved information single crystal metal surfaces under UHV conditions and at the liquid-solid interface. In addition, AFM will be used to gain morphological information on more realistic models of heterogeneous catalysts created by growing metal particles on ultra thin (<10 nm) oxide films. The project will focus on enantioselective hydrogenation of beta keto esters over supported Ni catalysts. In particular , STM/AFM will characterise chirally modified surfaces (both single crystal and supported Ni particles) under UHV conditions in situ at the liquid-solid interface and ex situ following treatment in a liquid cell attached to the UHV charge. The liquid cell will also be use as a batch reactor to gather catalytic and kinetic data on the model system. This approach will yield a detailed understanding of the types of modified surface produced leading to a di correlation of this information with the catalytic performance of the model catalysts; in turn leading to an improved understanding of the mechanism of enantioselective catalysis.
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