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EPSRC Reference: GR/R02863/01
Title: Cleaner Chemistry & Processing In Supercritical Fluids
Principal Investigator: Poliakoff, Professor M
Other Investigators:
Howdle, Professor S George, Professor M
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Department: Sch of Chemistry
Organisation: University of Nottingham
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 01 November 2000 Ends: 31 October 2004 Value (£): 463,865
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Catalysis & Applied Catalysis Chemical Synthetic Methodology
Materials Processing Reactor Engineering
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
No relevance to Underpinning Sectors Chemicals
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Supercritical fluids (SCFs) are currently a major focus of international research to develop environmentally more acceptable solvents for reaction chemistry and materials processing. The Clean Technology Group (CTG) at Nottingham, one of the largest academic research teams working on SCFs in the EU. It has successfully attracted research funding from a wide range of sources (ca 5 M over the past 7 years) and supports 11 PDRA, 22 PhD students, an engineering technician and a full time Technology Transfer Scientist. There are strong academic collaborations with Nottingham and with UK universities and industry. We seek platform funding to ensure continuity of core expertise in the CTG and to provide the freedom needed to develop new directions in our research. Topics include the synthesis of fine chemicals and polymers, reactions in supercritical H2O, new methods for studying SCF phase behaviour, development of new composites for controlled release of drugs, activation of CO2 and new spectroscopic probes for monitoring reactions in SCFs. Specifically, we seek support for an engineering technician to maintain expertise in high-pressure equipment, postdoctoral researchers to provide continuity in organic chemistry, polymer synthesis and spectroscopy, with funding for travel, international visitors and for consumables and maintenance.
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