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Rationally designed transition metal hydroxide nanosheet arrays on graphene for artificial CO2 reduction

Read about a recent publication in Nature Communications on the synthesis of novel materials capable to capture CO2 and transform it into useful chemicals: The performance of transition metal hydroxides, as cocatalysts for CO2 photoreduction, is significantly limited by their inherent weaknesses of poor conductivity and stacked structure. Herein, we report the rational assembly ofContinue reading “Rationally designed transition metal hydroxide nanosheet arrays on graphene for artificial CO2 reduction”

PhD Award for James Railton

Our group member James Railson successuflly defended his PhD dissertation entitled: “Developing the synthesis of novel TiO2 and Nb2O5 supports and their applications to the selective oxidation of alkanes”. Well done Dr. Railton! The theme of this project was based on selective alkane oxidation with oxygen as the sole oxidant in a solvent-free system byContinue reading “PhD Award for James Railton”

Sensing aromatic pollutants in water with catalyst-sensitized water-gated transistor

One of our group members, Changyan Zhou, recently published a paper in Chemical Papers (in press). Some materials that are active heterogeneous catalysts for the breakdown of non-ionic aromatic solutes in water are found to act as potentiometric sensitizers for same solutes. The present work establishes an application for catalysts beyond catalysis itself. The useContinue reading “Sensing aromatic pollutants in water with catalyst-sensitized water-gated transistor”

TEM pictures courtesy or Dr. Xi Liu, Shangai Jiao Tong University

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