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EPSRC Reference: GR/S43702/01
Title: Controlling the Access of Reactant Molecules to Active Centres (CARMAC)
Principal Investigator: Burch, Professor R
Other Investigators:
Marr, Dr A Hardacre, Professor C Hu, Professor P
Rooney, Professor D James, Professor S
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
Grace Davison Johnson Matthey Robinson Brothers Ltd
Department: Sch of Chemistry and Chemical Eng
Organisation: Queen's University of Belfast
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 01 January 2004 Ends: 31 December 2008 Value (£): 1,966,614
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Catalysis & Applied Catalysis
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Chemicals
Related Grants:
GR/S43719/01
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Catalysis is a key enabling technology for the manufacture of clean chemicals and the efficient utilisation of energy. Within the U.K., there is an urgent need to create multidisciplinary research groups with the wide range of skills and the critical mass to allow them to compete at the international level. This is a proposal to establish such a group that will then undertake a comprehensive programme of research in applied catalysis to address a number of high priority industrial challenges. Academic groups, working in close collaboration with industrial partners who have expertise ranging from materials and catalyst manufacturer through process engineering to end user applications, will undertake the research. The delivery of the programme will be achieved by developing core competencies in materials synthesis, the application of time-resolved methodologies for investigating catalytic mechanisms, and novel applications of reactor engineering. These competencies will be accessed, as required, to tackle specific problems such as the hydrogenation and dehydrogenation of difficult molecules (e.g. reduction of acids, esters and amides; mild hydrogenation of sulphur-containing compounds for the pharmaceutical industry; selective hydrogenation of neutraceuticals or functional foods; dehydrogenation of alcohols to aldehydes); equilibrium-limited and related reactions (e.g. dehydrogenation of alkanes; re-aromatisation of saturated or semisaturated precursors; synthesis of paraxylene); and clean hydrogen production (e.g. suppressing methanation in syngas production and in water gas shift reactions; selective removal of CO).
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