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EPSRC Reference: GR/R50899/01
Title: Advanced technology in catalytic chemistry and engineering for novel applications (Athena)
Principal Investigator: Jackson, Professor SD
Other Investigators:
Webb, Professor G
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Professor D Lennon
Project Partners:
Johnson Matthey
Department: School of Chemistry
Organisation: University of Glasgow
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 01 September 2002 Ends: 31 December 2007 Value (£): 1,069,138
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Catalysis & Applied Catalysis
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Chemicals Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology
Related Grants:
GR/R54583/01 GR/R54576/01 GR/R54590/01 GR/R47523/01
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This programme seeks to design, develop and manufacture new catalysts and new catalytic processes having 100% selectivity as an intrinsic property, thereby ensuring effective use of raw materials and minimisation of the environmental impact of manufacturing processes. To this end, we propose an integrated programme of research between centres, to build platforms of knowledge that can be used by UK industry for future growth. Three overlapping technical programmes will be studied, selective hydrogenation (SH), selective dehydrogenation (SD) and selective oxidation (SO). With the SH programme, selective hydrogenation of multifunctional hydrocarbons, nitrites, aldehydes and ketones in both the gas and liquid phases, with the emphasis on determining the effects on product selectivity of changes in catalyst structure, under reaction conditions. In the SD programme, both straight and oxidative dehydrogenation will be studied with the objective of establishing (a) links between product selectivity and catalyst structure at (b) detailed mechanisms, whilst similar objectives are the aim in the SO programme, in which the gas-phase dehydrogenation of alcohols, C4hydrocarbon oxidation to acids and selective epoxidation of C3-hydrocarbons will be studied. Within each programme, detailed studies will be made of the optimisation of mixing and reactor configuration on process selectivity. The final aim of these studies will be to develop the ability to design catalysts with ultimate selectivity (100%) for a given reaction and to achieve the necessary technology transfer from laboratory to full scale industrial process.
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