Prof Graham Hutchings research group exhibit

Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is the world’s third most produced polymer after polyethylene and polypropylene. Until recently the formation of vinyl chloride monomer (VCM), the precursor to PVC, has relied on the use of a highly toxic mercuric chloride catalyst for acetylene hydrochlorination. This exhibit summarises the successful development of a…

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CO2 Capture, Concentration, and Conversion

Addressing the rising levels of anthropogenic CO2 in our atmosphere is a major scientific challenge. The Yang group has focused on capture, concentration and conversion of CO2 using electrochemical techniques. The seminar will discuss thermodynamic considerations for electrochemical CO2 reduction, including considerations for designing selective and low overpotential transition metal…

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Studies of charge compensation in zeolites

Zeolites can be described as negatively charged inorganic frameworks that are compensated by organic, inorganic and solvated protons. From the point of view of controlling the topology of the zeolite, the use of Organic Structure Directing Agents (OSDAs) plays a central role in synthesis of zeolites. Typically, OSDAs consist in…

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A step towards net zero carbon emissions

The replacement of conventional fossil fuels (coal, crude oil and natural gas) and their derivatives such as gasoline, olefins and aromatics with carbon neutral renewable resources (e.g., atmospheric CO2 and biomass/bio-waste) holds the key to achieve the UK’s ambitious target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050. This exhibit illustrates the…

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Catalysis in Schools Outreach

Inspiring the next generation of catalytic chemists is an important activity for all researchers. In this exhibit we will show some recent activities that have been developed to give school pupils some hands-on insights into chemistry in general and catalysis in particular. We will also show how low-cost digital technology can…

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