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EPSRC Reference: GR/R05628/01
Title: Laboratory For Characterisation of Porous Solid Catalysts
Principal Investigator: Manos, Dr G
Other Investigators:
Gavriilidis, Professor A
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Project Partners:
Micromeritics Ltd
Department: Chemical Engineering
Organisation: UCL
Scheme: JREI
Starts: 01 March 2001 Ends: 29 February 2004 Value (£): 129,661
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Catalysis & Applied Catalysis
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Chemicals Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology
Energy No relevance to Underpinning Sectors
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We propose the purchase of the above equipment for two reasons.Firstly the equipment will be used for standard characterisation applications for running catalytic projects. In the chemical reaction engineering research group of UCL, Chem. Eng. Dept,. a series of catalytic research projects are currently carried out. The purchase of the proposed equipment and the establishment of a characterisation laboratory will give much improved insight in the various catalytic process and accelerate the development of better performing catalytic systems. The correlation of pre structure to catalytic performance, e.g. conversion, selectivity, catalyst life, is of importance to the industrial partner, Micromeretics Ltd. As well as to pharmaceutical and chemical companies with whom the group collaborates as result of a recent Foresight grant.Furthermore in this project we propose the use of these techniques in advance applications of novel catalytic materials. These applications can be grouped in two categories.The first includes applications on microporous materials (e.g. zeolites, clays and pillared clays): pre size distribution and characterisation of acidic active sites. Theories of gas adsorption for such materials are still far from perfect and there is a lot of scope for development of new theories for the evaluation of pre size distribution. In parallel it is very important to be studied the nature, number and strength of the acidic sites that act as active sites in a variety of reactions, as a function of various parameters affecting the formation of such catalysts.The second category includes active metallic particles dispersed in microporous support materials, areas in which the UCL team has extensive experience. The influence of various parameters affecting the loading of the particles and the dispersion degree will be studied on the strength and the concentration of the active sites, as well as on the catalyst pore structure. A novel area of application here is also the formation of novel microreactor devices, with the immobilisation of catalytically active components on microchemical structures. Microchemical systems have been hailed as the future of chemical industry for flexible and environmentally friendly processes. The requested equipment will help assess various techniques for microchemical systems production and improve their reliability and quality characteristics.
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