PhD Award for Baozhai Han

Our group member Baozhai Han has successfully defended his PhD dissertation entitled: “Silver based catalysts for the selective oxidation of cyclic hydrocarbons under mild conditions”. Well done Dr. Han! The direct selective oxidation of hydrocarbons is an important process both in industry and academia to produce oxygen containing compounds by the transformation of petrochemical feedstock,Continue reading “PhD Award for Baozhai Han”

PhD Award for Changyan Zhou

Our group member Changyan Zhou successuflly defended her PhD dissertation entitled: ‚ÄúZeolite Catalysts for Water Treatment: Catalytic Wet PeroxideOxidation of Phenol”. Well done Dr. Zhou! The discharge of wastewater into the environment without adequate treatment aggravateswater shortage worldwide, which prompts the development of efficient wastewater treatment technology as an active area of research in recentContinue reading “PhD Award for Changyan Zhou”

Cooperative Coupling of Oxidative Organic Synthesis and Hydrogen Production over Semiconductor-Based Photocatalysts

Merging hydrogen (H2) evolution with oxidative organic synthesis in a semiconductor-mediated photoredox reaction is extremely attractive because the clean H2 fuel and high-value chemicals can be coproduced under mild conditions using light as the sole energy input. Following this dual-functional photocatalytic strategy, a dreamlike reaction pathway for constructing C-C/C-X (X = C, N, O, S)Continue reading “Cooperative Coupling of Oxidative Organic Synthesis and Hydrogen Production over Semiconductor-Based Photocatalysts”

The acoustical properties of tetraethyl orthosilicate based granular silica aerogels

Granulated aerogels can be of interest in terms of their sound absorption performance in the audio frequency range. However, there is still no thorough understanding of the complex physical phenomena which are responsible for their observed acoustical properties. This work is an attempt to address this gap through advanced material characterization methods and mathematical modelling.Continue reading “The acoustical properties of tetraethyl orthosilicate based granular silica aerogels”

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”