Below a list of publications from Projects funded through the UK Catalysis Hub research 2013 – 2020.

Please inform the Project Manager of all Publications arising from Hub Projects. Please see the acknowledgements page for instructions.

Featured Publications
Monitoring dynamics of defects and single Fe atoms Rosa Arrigo

A team led by Rosa Arrigo (Salford University) and Manfred E. Schuster (Johnson Matthey) collaborated with the UK Catalysis Hub on work that resulted in an article published in the Journal of Energy Chemistry, Volume 64, 2022, Pages 520-530, “Monitoring dynamics of defects and single Fe atoms in N-functionalized few-layer graphene by in situ temperature programmed scanning transmission electron microscopy.” In this study, they aimed to contribute an understanding of the pathway of formation of Fe species during top-down synthesis of dispersed Fe on N-functionalized few layer graphene, widely used in electrocatalysis. They used X-ray absorption spectroscopy to determine the electronic structure and coordination geometry of the Fe species and in situ high angle annular dark field scanning transmission electron microscopy combined with atomic resolved electron energy loss spectroscopy to localize these, identify their chemical configuration and monitor their dynamics during thermal annealing. Here they provide the experimental evidence of the formation of these polynuclear Fe–N sites and their structural characteristics. Read the full paper at

Relationship between Mn Oxidation State Changes and Oxygen Reduction Activity

An article was published in ACS Catalysis by members of the UK Catalysis Hub including Dr. Veronica Celorrio, Andrew S. Leach, Haoliang Huang, Shusaku Hayama, Adam Freeman, David W. Inwood, David J. Fermin, and Andrea E. Russell. In situ X-ray absorption and emission spectroscopies (XAS and XES) are used to provide details regarding the role of the accessibility and extent of redox activity of the Mn ions in determining the oxygen reduction activity of LaMnO3 and CaMnO3, with X-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES) providing the average oxidation state, extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) providing the local coordination environment, and XES providing the population ratios of the Mn2+, Mn3+, and Mn4+ sites as a function of the applied potential. The results presented have implications in terms of understanding of both the pseudocapacitive response of Mn oxide electrocatalysts and the processes behind degradation of the activity of the materials. Read the article online at

LanCLs add glutathione to dehydroamino acids generated at phosphorylated sites in the proteome

Prof. Ben Davis’s group at Oxford University and the UK Catalysis Hub collaborated on a project with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and The Rosalind Franklin Institute, which resulted in an article published in Cell on 30 April 2021.

Enzyme-mediated damage repair or mitigation, while common for nucleic acids, is rare for proteins. Examples of protein damage are elimination of phosphorylated Ser/Thr to dehydroalanine/dehydrobutyrine (Dha/Dhb) in pathogenesis and aging. Bacterial LanC enzymes use Dha/Dhb to form carbon-sulfur linkages in antimicrobial peptides, but the functions of eukaryotic LanC-like (LanCL) counterparts are unknown. The work shows that LanCLs catalyze the addition of glutathione to Dha/Dhb in proteins, driving irreversible C-glutathionylation.

Read the paper “LanCLs add glutathione to dehydroamino acids generated at phosphorylated sites in the proteome” at

Catalytic decomposition of NO2 over a copper-decorated metal–organic framework by non-thermal plasma

The UK Catalysis Hub collaborated on a project which resulted in an article published in Cell Reports Physical Science on 17 February 2021. The article’s lead author is Dr Shaojun Xu of the Catalysis Hub at Cardiff University who was supervised by Professor Sir Richard Catlow at Cardiff and Prof Martin Schröder at Manchester. Many UK Catalysis Hub researchers and professors were involved.

Nitrogen oxide causes significant effects on the environment and human health. Xu et al. report, to the best of their knowledge, the first example of nonthermal plasma-activated direct decomposition of NO2 over stable and efficient metal-organic framework-based catalysts at room temperature and without the use of NH3 or other reducing agents.

Silicon microfabricated reactor for operando XAS/DRIFTS studies of heterogeneous catalytic reactions

Venezia’s et al paper on a microfabricated catalytic reactor for time- and spatially-resolved experiments using operando XAS/DRIFTS studies, has been highlighted on the journal’s blog as a Catalysis Science & Technology Editor’s Choice.:

It will be  free to access until 26th April 2021.

Designing Materials for Aqueous Catalysis: Ionic Liquid Gel and Silica Sphere Entrapped Iron-TAML Catalysts for Oxidative Degradation of Dyes

Collaborating with T. J. Collins of Carnegie Mellon, USA, A.C. Marr, P.C. Marr & co. (QUB) demonstrated the oxidation of contaminant dyes in water by H2O2 activated by ionic liquid silica gels and spheres containing Fe-TAML. No need to dissolve metal complexes or add pH buffers. A paper on the work, “Designing Materials for Aqueous Catalysis: Ionic Liquid Gel and Silica Sphere Entrapped Iron-TAML Catalysts for Oxidative Degradation of Dyes” was published in Environ. Sci. Technol. 2020. Read the full article at

Insight into the effects of confined hydrocarbon species on the lifetime of methanol conversion catalysts published in Nature Materials

A new article has been published in Nature Materials with members of UCL and the UK Catalysis Hub. Authors included: I. Lezcano-Gonzalez, E. Campbell, A. E. J. Hoffman, M. Bocus, I. V. Sazanovich, M. Towrie, M. Agote-Aran, E. K. Gibson, A. Greenaway, K. De Wispelaere, V. Van Speybroeck and A. M. Beale. They report the combined results of an operando Kerr-gated Raman spectroscopic study with state-of-the-art operando molecular simulations, which allowed us to follow the formation of hydrocarbon species at various stages of methanol conversion. Read the article at DOI 10.1038/s41563-020-0800-y

Synchrotron Radiation Techniques in Catalytic Science themed issue of PCCP

A number of UK Catalysis Hub members have been involved in the editing and are authors of articles in the themed collection of articles Synchrotron Radiation Techniques in Catalytic Science in PCCP. Guest Edited by: Richard Catlow (University College London and University of Cardiff), Diego Gianolio (Diamond Light Source), Peter Wells (University of Southampton)

Techniques employing Synchrotron Radiation (SR) have had a transformative effect on catalytic science. The unique properties of SR have led to entirely new opportunities in diffraction, spectroscopy, small angle scattering and tomographical studies of catalytic materials. Moreover, SR has been crucial in enabling the growth of in situ experimental studies of catalytic processes under realistic operating conditions.

The collection is free to access until the end of November 2020. Read the articles online at

Synchrotron Radiation and Catalytic Science

An article by members of the UK Catalysis Hub has been published in Synchrotron Radiation News on the benefits of synchrotron to the catalysis community, the Block allocation group access to B18 and key catalysis research facilitated by synchrotron. Read it at

Methanol loading dependent methoxylation in zeolite H-ZSM-5

We evaluate the effect of the number of methanol molecules per acidic site of H-ZSM-5 on the methoxylation reaction at room temperature by applying operando diffuse reflectance infrared Fourier transformed spectroscopy (DRIFTS) and mass spectrometry (MS), which capture the methoxylation reaction by simultaneously probing surface adsorbed species and reaction products, respectively. Room temperature methoxylation is methanol loading dependent: the higher the methanol loading, the faster the methoxylation. Methanol load of ≥2 leads to methoxylation while no methoxylation is observed with ≤1 molecule per Brønsted acidic site.  Read more in Chemical Science at!divAbstract

Mechanism of CO2 conversion to methanol over Cu(110) and Cu(100) surfaces

An article was published in Dalton Transactions authored by members of the UK Catalysis Hub including Michael Higham, Matt Quesne, and C. Richard A. Catlow. Plane-wave Density Functional Theory (DFT) techniques were applied to investigate the mechanism of COconversion to methanol over two low-index copper surfaces, namely Cu(110) and Cu(100). The calculations investigated several different mechanistic pathways, considering both formate (HCOO*) and hydrocarboxyl (COOH*) intermediates, as well as CO2 dissociation. For both of the two Cu facets investigated, the formate intermediate was found to be the favoured intermediate, although with close competition with the hydrocarboxyl intermediate, whilst the subsequent hydrogenation of CO after CO2 dissociation has taken place was found to have higher activation barriers. For both Cu(110) and Cu(100), a distinct metastable activated CO2 species was identified, in contrast to the most stable Cu(111) facet for which no such species was found. The present work will serve as a valuable benchmark study for future investigations on the mechanism of CO2 conversion to methanol over model Cu/ZnO catalysts which are representative of real industrial catalysts. Read more at!divAbstract

Synergistic ultraviolet and visible light photo-activation enables intensified low-temperature methanol synthesis over copper/zinc oxide/alumina

Synergistic ultraviolet and visible light photo-activation enables intensified low-temperature methanol synthesis over copper/zinc oxide/alumina
An article was published in Nature Communications co-authored by members of the UK Catalysis Hub. A high-pressure hybrid photothermal catalytic system was employed in CO2 hydrogenation to methanol, exhibiting 32% increase in methanol yield only under full spectrum (300-800 nm) irradiation. Irradiation of UV-rich (200-500 nm) light and visible (420-800 nm) light resulted in enhanced CO production. The synergistic nature of UV and visible light irradiation is attributed to the dual catalytic sites of Cu/ZnO/Al2O3, where Cu:ZnO perimeter interface is the main active site. The improved catalytic performance originated from the photoenhanced CO2 activation on ZnO surface under UV irradiation and H2 activation on Cu surface under visible light irradiation. The roles of ZnO and Cu are revealed by DRIFTS, XAS, XPS, and DFT, showing a more dynamic change in ZnO as well as stronger orbital overlapping in the valence band spectrum. The simultaneous irradiation of UV and visible light successfully decreases the reaction temperature by 50oC without sacrificing methanol yield and selectivity. The present work also provides a new perspective on catalyst design by manipulating the valence band electronic structure. This work was completed in collaboration with UNSW Sydney during the visit of Roong Jien Wong as Visiting Research Fellow, with direct contribution from Emma Gibson, June Callison, Michael Higham, Donato Decarolis, Prof Michael Bowker, and Prof Richard Catlow. The article was published in Nat Communications, 11, 1615 (2020). Read more about the article.

Identification of single-site gold catalysis in acetylene hydrochlorination

Identification of single-site gold catalysis in acetylene hydrochlorination

The UK Catalysis Hub collaborated on a project which resulted in an article published in Science on 31 March 2017. The article’s lead author is Grazia Malta of the Cardiff Catalysis Institute at Cardiff University who was supervised by Professor Graham J. Hutchings. Many UK Catalysis Hub researchers and professors were involved. Authors included: Grazia Malta, Simon A. Kondrat, Simon J. Freakley, Catherine J. Davies, Li Lu, Simon Dawson, Adam Thetford, Emma K. Gibson, David J. Morgan, Wilm Jones, Peter P. Wells, Peter Johnston, C. Richard A. Catlow, Christopher J. Kiely and Graham J. Hutchings, The article titled, “Identification of single-site gold catalysis in acetylene hydrochlorination” was published in Science, 2017, Vol 355, Issue 6332, Pages. 1399-1403, DOI: 10.1126/science.aal3439.

Waste not, want not: CO2 (re)cycling into block polymers

Waste not, want not: CO2 (re)cycling into block polymers

The UK Catalysis Hub supported a project which resulted in an article published in Chemical Communications in June 2019. This article is part of the themed collection: Switchable Catalysis

The article’s lead author is of the University of Oxford who was supervised by Professor Charlotte Williams. Many UK Catalysis Hub researchers and professors were involved. Authors included: Following on from this the project was highlighted in Chemistry World in the article “Carbon dioxide generated then recycled in polymerisation bicycle”. The article is open access at DOI: 10.1039/C9CC02459J

Neutron Scattering – Applications in Biology, Chemistry and Materials Science Book

Neutron Scattering – Applications in Biology, Chemistry and Materials Science Book

In Collaboration with Johnson Matthey, ISIS Neutron and Muon source and the catalysis community the UK Catalysis Hub spearheaded the publication of a special issue of PCCP on “Neutron scattering in catalysis and energy materials” (Phys Chem Chem Phys 18, 2016) which was edited by UK Catalysis Hub scientists (Silverwood, Parker and Catlow).
Following from this the UK Catalysis Hub has collaborated to publish a book titled, “Neutron Scattering – Applications in Biology, Chemistry and Materials Science”. The book provides an in-depth examination of the applications of neutron scattering in the fields of physics, materials science, chemistry, biology, the earth sciences, and engineering, looking at advances in instrumental, experimental and computational techniques over the past quarter-century. The book includes contributions from Prof. Richard Catlow and Dr Alexander O’Malley. Click here for more details and where to find it.

Modern Developments in Catalysis

Modern Development in Catalysis Book

The UK Catalysis Hub collaborated to publish a book titled, “Modern developments in Catalysis”. The book is a series of chapters reviewing on the present state of catalysis research. Chapters focus on the breadth of the field of catalysis including biocatalysis, homogenous and heterogeneous catalysis, operando and in situ techniques, modelling and theoretical studies including life cycle analysis. The book sets out to explain to a reader interested in chemistry, the cutting-edge topics in the important field of catalysis. Click here for more details and where to find it.

Number of Cat Hub publications diagram
 Total number of publications: 365
 Average impact:
Citations – 6,686
Citation per article – 19

Global publications diagram

Phase II Research


B. Liu, S. Xu (co-1st), M. Zhang, X. Li, D. Decarolis, Y. Liu, Y. Wang, E.K. Gibson, R. Catlow, Y. Kai, Electrochemical upgrading of biomass-derived 5-hydroxymethylfurfural and furfural over oxygen vacancy-rich NiCoMn-layered double hydroxides nanosheets, Green Chemistry, 2021, DOI:

A. Cherevotan, J. Raj, L. Dheer, S. Roy, S. Sarkar, R. Das, C. P. Vinod, S. Xu, P. Wells, U. V. Waghmare and S. C. Peter, Operando generated ordered heterogeneous catalyst for the selective conversion of CO2 to methanol, ACS Energy Letters, 2021, 6, 509, DOI:

Shaojun Xu, Xue Han, Yujie Ma, Thien D. Duong, Longfei Lin, Emma K. Gibson, Alena Sheveleva, Sarayute Chansai, Alex Walton, Duc-The Ngo, Mark D. Frogley, Chiu C. Tang, Floriana Tuna, Eric J.L. McInnes, C. Richard A. Catlow, Christopher Hardacre, Sihai Yang and Martin Schroder, Catalytic decomposition of NO2 over a copper-decorated metal–organic framework by non-thermal plasma, Cell Reports Physical Science (2021), DOI:

Lin, Longfei; Fan, Mengtian; Sheveleva, Alena M.; Han, Xue; Tang, Zhimou; Carter, Joseph H.; da Silva, Ivan; Parlett, Christopher M. A.; Tuna, Floriana; McInnes, Eric J. L.; Sastre, German; Rudić, Svemir; Cavaye, Hamish; Parker, Stewart F.; Cheng, Yongqiang; Daemen, Luke L.; Ramirez-Cuesta, Anibal J.; Attfield, Martin P.; Liu, Yueming; Tang, Chiu C.; Han, Buxing; Yang, Sihai, Control of zeolite microenvironment for propene synthesis from methanol, Nature Communications volume 12, Article number: 822 (2021), DOI: 10.1038/s41467-021-21062-1

Inns, Donald R.; Mayer, Alexander J.; Skukauskas, Vainius; Davies, Thomas E.; Callison, June; Kondrat, Simon A., Evaluating the Activity and Stability of Perovskite LaMO3-Based Pt Catalysts in the Aqueous Phase Reforming of Glycerol Top Catal (2021)., DOI:

Panchal, Monik; Callison, June; Skukauskas, Vainius; Gianolio, Diego; Cibin, Giannantonio; York, Andrew P.E.; Schuster, Manfred Erwin; Hyde, Timothy I; Collier, Paul; Catlow, C R A; Gibson, Emma Kate, Operando XAFS investigation on the effect of ash deposition on three-way catalyst used in gasoline particulate filters and the effect of the manufacturing process on the catalytic activity J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 33 284001 (2021)., DOI: 10.1088/1361-648x/abfe16;

Tariq, Anisa; Ruiz Esquius, Jonathan; Davies, Thomas E.; Bowker, Michael; Taylor, Stuart H.; Hutchings, Graham J., Combination of Cu/ZnO Methanol Synthesis Catalysts and ZSM-5 Zeolites to Produce Oxygenates from CO2and H2 Top Catal(2021), DOI:

Hutchings, Graham J., Spiers Memorial Lecture: Understanding reaction mechanisms in heterogeneously catalysed reactions Faraday Discuss., 2021,229, 9-34, DOI:

Matam, S.K., Catlow, C.R.A., Silverwood, I.P. et al. Methanol dynamics in H-ZSM-5 with Si/Al ratio of 25: a quasi-elastic neutron scattering (QENS) study. Top Catal (2021)., DOI:


Ho, Phuoc Hoang; de Luna, Giancosimo Sanghez; Angelucci, Saverio; Canciani, Andrea; Jones, Wilm; Decarolis, Donato; Ospitali, Francesca; Aguado, Elena Rodriguez; Rodríguez-Castellón Enrique; Fornasari, Giuseppe; Vaccari, Angelo; Beale, Andrew M.; Benito, Patricia, Understanding structure-activity relationships in highly active La promoted Ni catalysts for CO2 methanation, Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, Volume 278, 5 December 2020, 119256. DOI:

Alexander J. O’Malley, Victoria García Sakai, Nikolaos Dimitratos, Wilm Jones, C. Richard A. Catlow and Stewart F. Parker, Octane isomer dynamics in H-ZSM-5 as a function of Si/Al ratio: a quasi-elastic neutron scattering study, Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A., 24 July 2020, Volume 378, Issue 2176 DOI:

Huang, He; Hwang, Gi Byoung; Wu, Gaowei; Karu, Kersti; Du Toit, Hendrik; Wu, Han; Callison, June; Parkin, Ivan P.; Gavriilidis, Asterios, Rapid synthesis of [Au25(Cys)18] nanoclusters via carbon monoxide in microfluidic liquid-liquid segmented flow system and their antimicrobial performance, Chemical Engineering Journal, Volume 383, 1 March 2020, 123176. DOI:

Vamvakeros, Antonis; Matras, Dorota; Jacques, Simon D.M.; di Michiel, Marco; Middelkoop, Vesna; Cong, Peixi; Price, Stephen W.T.; Bull, Craig L.; Senecal, Pierre; Beale, Andrew M., Real-time tomographic diffraction imaging of catalytic membrane reactors for the oxidative coupling of methane, Catalysis Today,2020 DOI:

Potter, Matthew E.; Ross, Cameron P.; Gianolio, Diego; Rios, Ramon; Raja, Robert, Cobalt-containing zeolitic imidazole frameworks for C–H activation using visible-light redox photocatalysis, Catal. Sci. Technol., 2020, 10, 7262-7269. DOI: 10.1039/D0CY01061H

Kang, Liqun; Wang, Bolun; Bing, Qiming; Zalibera, Michal; Büchel, Robert; Xu, Ruoyu; Wang, Qiming; Liu, Yiyun; Gianolio, Diego; Tang, Chiu C.; Gibson, Emma K.; Danaie, Mohsen; Allen, Christopher; Wu, Ke; Marlow, Sushila; Sun, Ling-dong; He, Qian; Guan, Shaoliang; Savitsky, Anton; Velasco-Vélez, Juan J.; Callison, June; Kay, Christopher W. M.; Pratsinis, Sotiris E.; Lubitz, Wolfgang; Liu, Jing-yao; Wang, Feng Ryan, Adsorption and activation of molecular oxygen over atomic copper(I/II) site on ceria, Nature Communications volume 11, Article number: 4008 (2020). DOI: 10.1038/s41467-020-17852-8

Santhosh K. Matam, Stefan A. F. Nastase, Andrew J. Logsdail and C. Richard. A Catlow, Methanol loading dependent methoxylation in zeolite H-ZSM-5, Chem. Sci., 2020, Advance Article. DOI:

Bingqiao Xie, Roong Jien Wong, Tze Hao Tan, Michael Higham, Emma K. Gibson, Donato Decarolis, June Callison, Kondo-Francois Aguey-Zinsou, Michael Bowker, C. Richard A. Catlow, Jason Scott and Rose Amal, Synergistic ultraviolet and visible light photo-activation enables intensified low-temperature methanol synthesis over copper/zinc oxide/alumina, Nat Commun 11, 1615 (2020)., DOI:

Andrea Zachariou, Alexander P. Hawkins, Paul Collier, Russell F. Howe, David Lennon, Stewart F. Parker, The Methyl Torsion in Unsaturated Compounds, ACS Omega 2020, 5, 6, 2755-2765, February 2020, DOI:

Christopher Hardacre, Andrew M. Beale, Emma K. Gibson, Josephine B. M. Goodall, Alex Goguet, Simon A. Kondrat, Grazia Malta, Cristina Stere, Peter P. Wells, Graham J. Hutchings & C. Richard A. Catlow, Synchrotron Radiation and Catalytic Science, Synchrotron Radiation News, Technical Report, 33:1, 10-14, DOI: DOI: 10.1080/08940886.2020.1701368

Heenan, Thomas M. M.; Vamvakeros, Antonis; Tan, Chun; Finegan, Donal P.; Daemi, Sohrab R.; Jacques, Simon D. M.; Beale, Andrew M.; Di Michiel, Marco; Brett, Dan J. L.; Shearing, Paul R., The Detection of Monoclinic Zirconia and Non-Uniform 3D Crystallographic Strain in a Re-Oxidized Ni-YSZ Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Anode, Crystals 2020, 10(10), 941, DOI:

Optimising, Predicting and Designing New Catalysts

Decarolis, Donato; Clark, Adam H.; Pellegrinelli, Tommaso; Nachtegaal, Maarten; Lynch, Evan W.; Catlow, C. Richard A.; Gibson, Emma K.; Goguet, Alexandre; Wells, Peter P., Spatial Profiling of a Pd/Al2O3 Catalyst during Selective Ammonia Oxidation, CS Catal. 2021, 11, 4, 2141–2149 Publication Date:February 3, 2021, DOI:

Quesne, Matthew G.; Catlow, C. Richard A.; de Leeuw, Nora H., How bulk and surface properties of Ti4SiC3, V4SiC3, Nb4SiC3 and Zr4SiC3 tune reactivity: a computational study, Faraday Discuss., 2021, Advance Article, DOI:

Kuan-Yu Lai, Sebastien R.G. Galan, Yibo Zeng, Tianhui Hina Zhou, Chang He, Ritu Raj, Jitka Ried, Shi Liu, K. Phin Chooi, Neha Garg, Min Zeng, Lyn H. Jones, Graham J.Hutchings, Shabaz Mohammed, Satish K. Nair, Jie Chen, Benjamin G. Davis and Wilfred A. van der Donk, LanCLs add glutathione to dehydroamino acids generated at phosphorylated sites in the proteome, Cell, April 2021, online, DOI:

Mary Ortmayer, Florence J. Hardy, Matthew G. Quesne, Karl Fisher, Colin Levy, Derren J. Heyes, C. Richard A. Catlow, Sam P. de Visser, Stephen E. J. Rigby, Sam Hay, and Anthony P. Green, A Noncanonical Tryptophan Analogue Reveals an Active Site Hydrogen Bond Controlling Ferryl Reactivity in a Heme Peroxidase, JACS Au, May 2021, online, DOI:

Hawkins, Alexander P.; Zachariou, Andrea; Parker, Stewart F.; Collier, Paul; Howe, Russell F.; Lennon, David, Studies of propene conversion over H-ZSM-5 demonstrate the importance of propene as an intermediate in methanol-to-hydrocarbons chemistry, Catal. Sci. Technol., , 2021, 11, 2924-2938, online, DOI: 10.1039/D1CY00048A

Kennedy, Julia; Hayward, James; Davies, Philip R; Bowker, Michael, Hydrogen production by the photoreforming of methanol and the photocatalytic water–gas shift reaction, 2021 J. Phys. Energy 3 024007, online, DOI:

Ming Liu, Mariia Konstantinova, Leila Negahdar, James McGregorThe role of Zn in the sustainable one-pot synthesis of dimethyl carbonate from carbon dioxide, methanol and propylene oxide, 2021, Chemical Engineering Science, Volume 231, 116267, DOI:


B. Venezia, E. Cao, S. K. Matam, C. Waldron, G. Cibin, E. K. Gibson, S. Golunski, P. P. Wells, I. Silverwood, C. R. A. Catlow, G. Sankarh and A. Gavriilidis, Silicon microfabricated reactor for operando XAS/DRIFTS studies of heterogeneous catalytic reactions, Catal. Sci. Technol., Oct 2020, 10, 7842-7856, DOI:

Alexander J. O’Malley, Victoria García Sakai, Nikolaos Dimitratos, Wilm Jones, C. Richard A. Catlow and Stewart F. Parker, Octane isomer dynamics in H-ZSM-5 as a function of Si/Al ratio: a quasi-elastic neutron scattering study, Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A., 24 July 2020, Volume 378, Issue 2176 DOI:

Michael D. Higham, Matthew G. Quesne and C. Richard A. Catlow, Mechanism of CO2 conversion to methanol over Cu(110) and Cu(100) surfaces, Dalton Trans., 2020, (Advance Article,), May 2020, DOI:

Delarmelina, M., Quesne, M. G., & Catlow, C. R. A. , Modelling the bulk properties of ambient pressure polymorphs of zirconia., Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, (2019), 2020, 22, 6660-6676., DOI:

Latifi, Reza, Jennifer L. Minnick, Matthew G. Quesne, Sam P. de Visser, and Laleh Tahsini, Computational studies of DNA base repair mechanisms by nonheme iron dioxygenases: selective epoxidation and hydroxylation pathways., Dalton Transactions, (2020), 49, 4266-4276. DOI: 10.1039/D0DT00007H

Alexander P. Hawkins, Andrea Zachariou, Stewart F. Parker, Paul Collier, Nathan Barrow, Ian P. Silverwood, Russell F. Howe and David Lennon, Effect of steam de-alumination on the interactions of propene with H-ZSM-5 zeolites, RSC Adv., 2020, 10, 23136-23147, DOI: 10.1039/D0RA03871G,

Leila Negahdar, Christopher M. A. Parlett, Mark A. Isaacs, Andrew M. Beale, Karen Wilson and Adam F. Le, Shining light on the solid–liquid interface: in situ/operando monitoring of surface catalysis, Catal. Sci. Technol., June 2020, DOI: 10.1039/D0CY00555J;


Thulani M. Nyathi, Nico Fischer, Andrew P. E. York, David J. Morgan, Graham J. Hutchings, Emma K. Gibson, Peter P. Wells, C. Richard A. Catlow, Michael Claeys, Impact of Nanoparticle–Support Interactions in Co3O4/Al2O3 Catalysts for the Preferential Oxidation of Carbon Monoxide, ACS Catal. 2019, 9, XXX, 7166-7178, Publication Date:June 28, 2019,

Wilm Jones, Peter. P. Wells, Emma K. Gibson, Arunabhiram Chutia, Ian P. Silverwood, C. Richard A. Catlow, Michael Bowker, Carbidisation of Pd Nanoparticles by Ethene Decomposition with Methane Production, ChemCatChem., 17 June 2019, doi:10.1002/cctc.201900795

Catalysis for the Circular Economy and Sustainable Manufacturing

Carrodeguas, Leticia Peña; Chen, Thomas T. D.; Gregory, Georgina L.; Sulley, Gregory S.; Williams, Charlotte K., High elasticity, chemically recyclable, thermoplastics from bio-based monomers: carbon dioxide, limonene oxide and ε-decalactone, Green Chem., 2020,22, 8298-8307, DOI: 


C. Richard Catlow, Matthew Davidson, Graham J. Hutchings and Adrian Mulholland, Science to enable the circular economy, Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A., DOI: 37820200060


Abdulrahman Bin Jumah, Vanithasri Anbumuthu, Aleksander A. Tedstone, Arthur A. Garforth, Catalyzing the Hydrocracking of Low Density Polyethylene, Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 2019, DOI: 10.1021/acs.iecr.9b04263

Catalysis at the Water and Energy Nexus

Xu, Shanshan; Chen, Huanhao; Hardacre, Christopher; Fan, Xiaolei, Non-thermal plasma catalysis for CO2 conversion and catalyst design for the process, 2021, J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. 54 233001, online, DOI: 10.1088/1361-6463/abe9e1


Zhang, Rongxin; Chen, Huanhao; Mu, Yibing; Chansai, Sarayute; Ou, Xiaoxia; Hardacre, Christopher; Jiao, Yilai; Fan, Xiaolei, Structured Ni@NaA zeolite supported on silicon carbide foam catalysts for catalytic carbon dioxide methanation, AIChE Journal, Volume 66, Issue 11, November 2020, e17007, DOI:

Peter McNeice, Andrew Reid, Hasan T. Imam, Carol McDonagh, Joel D. Walby, Terrence J. Collins, Andrew C. Marr, and Patricia C. Marr, Designing Materials for Aqueous Catalysis: Ionic Liquid Gel and Silica Sphere Entrapped Iron-TAML Catalysts for Oxidative Degradation of Dyes, Environ. Sci. Technol. 2020, DOI:

T. Caswell, M.W. Dlamini, P.J. Miedziak, S. Pattisson, P.R. Davies, S.H. Taylor, G.J. Hutchings, Enhancement in the rate of nitrate degradation on Au- and Ag-decorated TiO2 photocatalysts, Catalysis Science & Technology 2020, 10, 2082–2091, DOI:

Research 2013 – 2019

Biocatalysis, Design, Energy, Environment, Transformations, Non-Project Publications

Kirill Zinovjev, Marc W van der Kamp, Enlighten2: molecular dynamics simulations of protein–ligand systems made accessible, Bioinformatics, July 2020, btaa643,DOI:

Taday, Freya; Ryan, James; Argent, Stephen P.; Caprio, Vittorio; Maciá, Beatriz; O’Reilly, Elaine, Asymmetric Construction of Alkaloids by Employing a Key ω‐Transaminase Cascade, Chemistry A European Journal, Volume26, Issue 17, March 23, 2020, Pages 3729-3732DOI:

Mary Ortmayer, Karl Fisher, Jaswir Basran, Emmanuel M. Wolde-Michael, Derren J. Heyes, Colin Levy, Sarah L. Lovelock, J. L. Ross Anderson, Emma L. Raven, Sam Hay, Stephen E. J. Rigby, Anthony P. Green, Rewiring the “Push-Pull” Catalytic Machinery of a Heme Enzyme Using an Expanded Genetic Code, ACS Catal. 2020, 10, 4, 2735-2746, Publication Date: January 29, 2020, DOI:

Juan Mangas-Sanchez, Mahima Sharma, Sebastian C. Cosgrove, Jeremy I. Ramsden, James R. Marshall, Thomas W. Thorpe, Ryan B. Palmer, Gideon Grogan and Nicholas J. Turner, Asymmetric synthesis of primary amines catalyzed by thermotolerant fungal reductive aminases,, Chem. Sci., 2020, 11, 5052-5057, DOI: 10.1039/D0SC02253E

Viivi H. A. Hirvonen, Adrian J. Mulholland, James Spencer, and Marc W. van der Kamp, Small Changes in Hydration Determine Cephalosporinase Activity of OXA-48 β-Lactamases, ACS Catal. 2020, 10, 11, 6188–6196, DOI:;


Chen, Fei-Fei; Cosgrove, Sebastian C.; Birmingham, William R.; Mangas-Sanchez, Juan; Citoler, Joan; Thompson, Matthew P.; Zheng, Gao-Wei; Xu, Jian-He; Turner, Nicholas J., Enantioselective Synthesis of Chiral Vicinal Amino Alcohols Using Amine Dehydrogenases, ACS Catal. 2019, 9, 12, 11813–11818 Publication Date:November 18, 2019,

Cairns, Ryan; Gomm, Andrew; Ryan, James; et al., Conversion of Aldoses to Valuable ω-Amino Alcohols Using Amine Transaminase Biocatalysts, ACS CATALYSIS, Feb 2019, Volume: 9, Issue: 2, Pages: 1220-1223, DOI: 10.1021/acscatal.8b04564

Tooke, Catherine L.; Hinchliffe, Philip; Lang, Pauline A.; et al., Molecular Basis of Class A beta-Lactamase Inhibition by Relebactam, ANTIMICROBIAL AGENTS AND CHEMOTHERAPY, Volume: 63, Issue: 10, Article Number: e00564-19, Published: OCT 2019, DOI: 10.1128/AAC.00564-19

Bunzel, H. Adrian; Kries, Hajo; Marchetti, Luca; et al., Emergence of a Negative Activation Heat Capacity during Evolution of a Designed Enzyme, JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, Volume: 141, Issue: 30 Pages: 11745-11748 Published: JUL 31 2019, DOI: 10.1021/jacs.9b02731

Ranaghan, Kara E.; Shchepanovska, Darya; Bennie, Simon J.; et al., Projector-Based Embedding Eliminates Density Functional Dependence for QM/MM Calculations of Reactions in Enzymes and Solution, JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL INFORMATION AND MODELING, Volume: 59, Issue: 5, Special Issue: SI, Pages: 2063-2078 Published: MAY 2019, DOI: 10.1021/acs.jcim.8b00940

Harry Eastman, Dr. James Ryan, Dr. Beatriz Maciá, Dr. Vittorio Caprio, Dr. Elaine O’Reilly, Alcohol Dehydrogenase-Triggered Oxa-Michael Reaction for the Asymmetric Synthesis of Disubstituted Tetrahydropyrans and Tetrahydrofurans, ChemCatChem, Volume11, Issue16, Special Issue: Women of Catalysis, August 21, 2019, Pages 3760-3762,

Hasan T. Imam, Amanda G. Jarvis, Veronica Celorrio, Irshad Baig, Christopher C. R. Allen, Andrew C. Marr, Paul C. J. Kamer, Catalytic and biophysical investigation of rhodium hydroformylase, Catal. Sci. Technol., Advance Article, Oct 2019, DOI: 10.1039/C9CY01679A

Gabriel A. Ascue Avalos, Dr. Helen S. Toogood, Shirley Tait, Dr. Hanan L. Messiha, Prof. Nigel S. Scrutton, From Bugs to Bioplastics: Total (+) – Dihydrocarvide Biosynthesis by Engineered Escherichia coli, Chem Bio Chem, Volume20, Issue 6, March 15, 2019, Pages 785-792,

Syed T.Ahmed, Nicole G.H. Leferink, Nigel S.Scrutton, Chemo-enzymatic routes towards the synthesis of bio-based monomers and polymers, Molecular Catalysis, Volume 467, April 2019, Pages 95-110, DOI:

Feng, Xuan, Bello, Davide, Lowe, Phillip T., Clark, Joshua, O’Hagan, David, Two 3′-O-β-glucosylated nucleoside fluorometabolites related to nucleocidin in Streptomyces calvus, Chemical Science, 2019, Volume: 10, Issue: 41, 9501-9505, DOI: 10.1039/c9sc03374b

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Investigations of Carbon Nitride-Supported Mn3O4 Oxide Nanoparticles for ORR


Direct observation of the evolving metal–support interaction of individual cobalt nanoparticles at the titania and silica interface


Rachel H. Blackmore, Maria Elena Rivas, Tugce Eralp Erden, Trung Dung Tran, Huw R. Marchbank, Dogan Ozkaya, Martha Briceno de Gutierrez, Alison Wagland, Paul Collier and Peter P. Wells, Understanding the mechanochemical synthesis of the perovskite LaMnO3 and its catalytic behaviour, Dalton Trans., 2020, 49, 232-240 DOI: 10.1039/C9DT03590G

Alex G. Greenaway, Adrian Marberger, Adam Thetford, Inés Lezcano-González, Miren Agote-Arán, Maarten Nachtegaal, Davide Ferri, Oliver Kröcher, C. Richard A. Catlow and Andrew M. Beale, Detection of key transient Cu intermediates in SSZ-13 during NH3-SCR deNOx by modulation excitation IR spectroscopy, (Edge Article) Chem. Sci., 2020, 11, 447-455 DOI: 10.1039/C9SC04905C

Ellie K. Dann, Emma K. Gibson, Rachel H. Blackmore, C. Richard A. Catlow, Paul Collier, Arunabhiram Chutia, Tugce Eralp Erden, Christopher Hardacre, Anna Kroner, Maarten Nachtegaal, Agnes Raj, Scott M. Rogers, S. F. Rebecca Taylor, Paul Thompson, George F. Tierney, Constantinos D. Zeinalipour-Yazdi, Alexandre Goguet & Peter P. Wells, Structural selectivity of supported Pd nanoparticles for catalytic NH3 oxidation resolved using combined operando spectroscopy, Nature Catalysis, volume 2, pages 157–163 (2019),

Zachariou, A; Hawkins, A; Lennon, D; Parker, SF; Suwardiyanto; Matam, SK; Catlow, CRA; Collier, P; Hameed, A; McGregor, J; Howe, RF, Investigation of ZSM-5 catalysts for dimethylether conversion using inelastic neutron scattering, APPLIED CATALYSIS A-GENERAL, Volume 569, 5 January 2019, Pages 1-7, DOI:

Miren Agote-Arán, Inés Lezcano-González, Alex G.Greenaway, Shusaku Hayama, Sofía Díaz-Moreno, Anna B.Kroner, Andrew M.Beale, Operando HERFD-XANES/XES studies reveal differences in the activity of Fe-species in MFI and CHA structures for the standard selective catalytic reduction of NO with NH3, Applied Catalysis, A: General, Volume 570, 25 January 2019, Pages 283-291, DOI:

Hasliza Bahruji, Norli Abdullah, Scott Rogers, Peter Wells, Richard Catlow and Michael Bowker, Pd local structure and size correlations on the activity of Pd/ TiO2 for photocatalytic reforming of methanol, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., June 2019, 10.1039/C9CP00826H

Hasliza Bahruji, Michael Bowker and Philip R Davies, Influence of TiO2 structural properties on photocatalytic hydrogengas production, J. Chem. Sci.(2019) 131:33,

Matthew E. Potter, Lauren N. Riley1, Alice E. Oakley, Panashe M. Mhembere, June Callison and Robert Raja, The influence of porosity on nanoparticle formation in hierarchical aluminophosphates, Beilstein J. Nanotechnol. Sept 2019, 10, 1952–1957. doi:10.3762/bjnano.10.191

George F. Tierney, Donato Decarolis, Norli Abdullah, Scott M. Rogers, Shusaku Hayama, Martha Briceno de Gutierrez, Alberto Villa, C. Richard A. Catlow, Paul Collier, Nikolaos Dimitratos and Peter P. Wells, Extracting structural information of Au colloids at ultra-dilute concentrations: identification of growth during nanoparticle immobilization, Nanoscale Adv., May 2019, 1, 2546-2552, DOI: 10.1039/C9NA00159J

Alexander P. Hawkins, Andrea Zachariou, Paul Collier, Russell A. Ewings, Russell F. Howe, Stewart F. Parker and David Lennon, Low-temperature studies of propene oligomerization in ZSM-5 by inelastic neutron scattering spectroscopy, RSC Adv., 2019, 9, 18785-18790, DOI: 10.1039/C9RA03568K

Yudao Qin, Xiaoyu Han, Srinivas Gadipelli, Jian Guo, Shijie Wu b, Liqun Kang, June Callison and Zhengxiao Guo, In situ synthesized low-PtCo@porous carbon catalyst for highly efficient hydrogen evolution, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2019, 7, 6543-6551, DOI: 10.1039/C8TA12263F

Stuart A. Bartlett, Emma V. Sackville, Emma K. Gibson, Veronica Celorrio, Peter P. Wells, Maarten Nachtegaal, Stafford W. Sheehan, Ulrich Hintermair, Evidence for tetranuclear bis-μ-oxo cubane species in molecular iridium-based water oxidation catalysts from XAS analysis, Chem. Commun., 2019, 55, 7832-7835, DOI: 10.1039/C9CC02088H

Shan Jiang, Harrison J. Cox, Evangelos I. Papaioannou, Chenyang Tang, Huiyu Liu, Billy J. Murdoch, Emma K. Gibson, Ian S. Metcalfe, John S. O. Evans and Simon K. Beaumont, Shape-persistent porous organic cage supported palladium nanoparticles as heterogeneous catalytic materials, Nanoscale, 2019, 11, 14929-14936, DOI: 10.1039/C9NR04553H

Stephanie Chapman, Dr. Alexander J. O’Malley, Dr. Ivana Miletto, Dr. Marina Carravetta, Dr. Paul Cox, Prof. Enrica Gianotti, Leonardo Marchese, Dr. Stewart F. Parker, Prof. Robert Raja, Integrated Theoretical and Empirical Studies for Probing Substrate–Framework Interactions in Hierarchical Catalysts, Chemistry A European Journal, Volume 25, Issue 42, July 25, 2019, Pages 9938-9947,

Pip Hellier, Peter P. Wells, Michael Bowker, Methanol oxidation over shell-core MOx/Fe2O3 (M=Mo, V, Nb) catalysts, Chinese Journal of Catalysis, 2019, Vol. 40 Issue (11): 1686-1692, DOI: S1872-2067(19)63350-4

Constantinos D. Zeinalipour-Yazdi and C. Richard A. Catlow, An experimental and computational IR and hybrid DFT-D3 study of the conformations of l-lactic and acrylic acid: new insight into the dehydration mechanism of lactic acid to acrylic acid, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2019,21, 22331-22343, DOI:

Michael Bowker, Methanol Synthesis from CO2 Hydrogenation, Chem Cat Chem, Volume 11, Issue 17, September 5, 2019, Pages 4238-4246, DOI:

Dann, Ellie K., Gibson, Emma K., Catlow, C. Richard A., Celorrio, Verónica, Collier, Paul, Eralp, Tugce, Amboage, Monica, Hardacre, Christopher, Stere, Cristina E., Kroner, Anna, Raj, Agnes, Rogers, Scott, Goguet, Alexandre, Wells, Peter P., Combined spatially resolved operando spectroscopy: New insights into kinetic oscillations of CO oxidation on Pd/γ-Al2O3, Journal of Catalysis, 2019, Volume: 373, 201-208, DOI: 10.1016/j.jcat.2019.03.037

Ye, Guanghua, Wang, Haizhi, Zhou, Xinggui, Keil, Frerich J., Coppens, Marc-Olivier, Yuan, Weikang, Optimizing catalyst pore network structure in the presence of deactivation by coking, AIChE Journal, 2019, Volume: 65, Issue: 10, DOI: 10.1002/aic.16687

Yanbin Shen, Aref Mamakhel, Xi Liu, Thomas W. Hansen, Tommaso Tabanelli, Danilo Bonincontro, Bo B. Iversen, Laura Prati, Yongwang Li, J. W. Hans Niemantsverdriet, Graham Hutchings, Nikolaos Dimitratos, Alberto Villa and Ren Su, Promotion Mechanisms of Au Supported on TiO2 in Thermal- and Photocatalytic Glycerol Conversion, J. Phys. Chem. C 2019, 123, 32, 19734–19741, DOI:;

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Veronica Celorrio, Andrew S. Leach, Haoliang Huang, Shusaku Hayama, Adam Freeman, David W. Inwood, David J. Fermin, and Andrea E. Russell, Relationship between Mn Oxidation State Changes and Oxygen Reduction Activity in (La,Ca)MnO3 as Probed by In Situ XAS and XES, ACS Catal. 2021, 11, XXX, 6431–6439,

Huang, Haoliang; Nassr, Abu Bakr Ahmed Amine; Celorrio, Verónica; Gianolio, Diego; Hardacre, Christopher; Brett, Dan J. L.; Russell, Andrea E., Contrasting the EXAFS obtained under air and H2 environments to reveal details of the surface structure of Pt–Sn nanoparticles, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2021,23, 11738-11745,

Celorrio, V.; Tiwari, D.; Calvillo, L.; Leach, A.; Huang, H.; Granozzi, G.; Alonso, J.A.; Aguadero, A.; Pinacca, R.M.; Russell, A.E.; Fermin, D.J., Electrocatalytic Site Activity Enhancement via Orbital Overlap in A2MnRuO7 (A = Dy3+, Ho3+, and Er3+) Pyrochlore Nanostructures, CS Appl. Energy Mater. 2021, 4, 1, 176–185, DOI:


Tang Son Nguyen, Paul McKeever, Miryam Arredondo-Arechavala, Yi-Chi Wang, Thomas J. A. Slater, Sarah J. Haigh, Andrew M. Beale and Jillian M. Thompson, Correlation of the ratio of metallic to oxide species with activity of PdPt catalysts for methane oxidation, Catal. Sci. Technol., 2020,10, 1408-1421,

Stere, Cristina; Chansai, Sarayute; Gholami, Rahman; et al., A design of a fixed bed plasma DRIFTS cell for studying the NTP-assisted heterogeneously catalysed reactions, Catal. Sci. Technol., 2020,10, 1458-1466,


Juan Carlos Calderón Gómez, Verónica Celorrio, Laura Calvillo, David Sebastián, Rafael Moliner and María Jesús Lázaro Elorri, Electrochemical Behavior of Pt–Ru Catalysts Supported on Graphitized Ordered Mesoporous Carbons toward CO and Methanol Oxidation, Surfaces, 2019, 2(1), 1-15;

Emma Freeman, Santosh Kumar, Veronica Celorrio, Min Su Park, Jong Hak Kim, David J. Fermin and Salvador Eslava, Strategies for the deposition of LaFeO3 photocathodes: improving the photocurrent with a polymer template, Sustainable Energy Fuels, 2020, 4, 884-894;

Iunia Podolean, Octavian D.Pavel, Haresh G.Manyar, S.F. Rebecca Taylor, Kathryn Ralphs, Peter Goodrich, Vasile I.Pârvulescu, Christopher Hardacre, SCILLs as selective catalysts for the oxidation of aromatic alcohols, Catalysis Today, Volume 333, 1 August 2019, Pages 140-146, DOI:

Shaojun Xu, Sarayute Chansai, Cristina Stere, Burapat Inceesungvorn, Alexandre Goguet, Kanlayawat Wangkawong, S. F. Rebecca Taylor, Nadeen Al-Janabi, Christopher Hardacre, Philip A. Martin & Xiaolei Fan, Sustaining metal–organic frameworks for water–gas shift catalysis by non-thermal plasma, Nature Catalysis volume 2, pages142–148(2019), DOI:

Yang Su, Eric Prestat, Chengyi Hu, Vinod Kumar Puthiyapura, Mehdi Neek-Amal, Hui Xiao, Kun Huang, Vasyl G. Kravets, Sarah J. Haigh, Christopher Hardacre, Francois M. Peeters, Rahul R. Nair, Self-Limiting Growth of Two-Dimensional Palladium between Graphene Oxide Layers, Nano Lett. 2019, 19, 7, 4678-4683,

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Gray, Steven J.; Brown, Karen; Lam, Francis Y. T.; Garden, Jennifer A.; Arnold, Polly L., Dinuclear Ce(IV) Aryloxides: Highly Active Catalysts for Anhydride/Epoxide Ring-Opening Copolymerization, Organometallics 2021, 40, 7, 948–958, DOI:

Arnold, Polly L.; Halliday, Connor J. V.; Puig-Urrea, Laura; Nichol, Gary S., Instantaneous and Phosphine-Catalyzed Arene Binding and Reduction by U(III) Complexes, Inorg. Chem. 2021, 60, 6, 4162–4170, DOI:


Josephson, Brian; Fehl, Charlie; Isenegger, Patrick G.; Nadal, Simon; Wright, Tom H.; Poh, Adeline W. J.; Bower, Ben J.; Giltrap, Andrew M.; Chen, Lifu; Batchelor-McAuley, Christopher; Roper, Grace; Arisa, Oluwatobi; Sap, Jeroen B. I.; Kawamura, Akane; Baldwin, Andrew J.; Mohammed, Shabaz; Compton, Richard G.; Gouverneur, Veronique; Davis, Benjamin G., Light-driven post-translational installation of reactive protein side chains, Nature, volume 585, pages 530–537(2020), 10.1038/s41586-020-2733-7

A. Rosie Chhatwal, Helen V. Lomax, A. John Blacker, Jonathan M. J. Williams and Patricia Marcé, Direct synthesis of amides from nonactivated carboxylic acids using urea as nitrogen source and Mg(NO3)2 or imidazole as catalysts, Chem. Sci.,, 2020,11, 5808-5818,


Maya Singer Hobbs, Emma V. Sackville, Andrew J. Smith, Karen J. Edler, Ulrich Hintermair, In‐situ Monitoring of Nanoparticle Formation during Iridium‐catalysed Oxygen Evolution by real‐time Small Angle X‐ray Scattering, Chem Cat Chem, August 2019,

Antonis M. Messinis, Stephen L. J. Luckham, Peter P. Wells, Diego Gianolio, Emma K. Gibson, Harry M. O’Brien, Hazel A. Sparkes, Sean A. Davis, June Callison, David Elorriaga, Oscar Hernandez-Fajardo & Robin B. Bedford, The highly surprising behaviour of diphosphine ligands in iron-catalysed Negishi cross-coupling, Nature Catalysis volume 2, pages123–133 (2019), DOI:

Margherita Macino, Alexandra J. Barnes, Sultan M. Althahban, Ruiyang Qu, Emma K. Gibson, David J Morgan, Simon J. Freakley, Nikolaos Dimitratos, Christopher J. Kiely, Xiang Gao, Andrew M. Beale, Donald Bethell, Qian He, Meenakshisundaram Sankar & Graham J. Hutchings, Tuning of catalytic sites in Pt/TiO2 catalysts for the chemoselective hydrogenation of 3-nitrostyrene, Nature Catalysis (2019), September 2019, DOI:

Arnold, Polly L., Puig-Urrea, Laura, Wells, Jordann A. L., Yuan, Dan, Cruickshank, Faye L., Young, Rowan D., Applications of boroxide ligands in supporting small molecule activation by U(iii) and U(iv) complexes, Dalton Transactions, 2019, Volume: 48, Issue: 15, 4894-4905, DOI: 10.1039/c8dt05051a

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Doble, Megan V.; Obrecht, Lorenz; Joosten, Henk-Jan; Lee, Misun; Rozeboom, Henriette J.; Branigan, Emma; Naismith, James. H.; Janssen, Dick B.; Jarvis, Amanda G.; Kamer, Paul C. J., Engineering Thermostability in Artificial Metalloenzymes to Increase Catalytic Activity, ACS Catal. 2021, 11, 6, 3620–3627,

Ruiz Esquius, Jonathan; Bahruji, Hasliza; Bowker, Michael; Hutchings, Graham J., Identification of C2–C5 products from CO2 hydrogenation over PdZn/TiO2–ZSM-5 hybrid catalysts, Faraday Discuss., 2021, Advance Article ,


Bowker, M.; Jones, W., Methanol photo-reforming with water on pure titania for hydrogen production, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, 24 July 2020, Volume 378, Issue 2176, 10.1098/rsta.2020.0058

Davies, Catherine J.; Mayer, Alexander; Gabb, Jess; Walls, Jake M.; Degirmenci, Volkan; Thompson, Paul B. J.; Cibin, Giannantonio; Golunski, Stan; Kondrat, Simon A., Operando potassium K-edge X-ray absorption spectroscopy: investigating potassium catalysts during soot oxidation, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2020, 22, 18976-18988, 10.1039/D0CP01227K


Hasliza Bahruji, Norli Abdullah, Scott Rogers, Peter Wells, Richard Catlow and Michael Bowker, Pd local structure and size correlations on the activity of Pd/ TiO2 for photocatalytic reforming of methanol, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., June 2019, 10.1039/C9CP00826H

Dr. Richard J. Lewis, Mr. Kenji Ueura, Dr. Yukimasa Fukuta, Dr. Simon J. Freakley, Mr. Liqun Kang, Dr. Ryan Wang, Dr. Qian He, Dr. Jennifer. K. Edwards, Dr. David J. Morgan, Dr. Yasushi Yamamoto, Prof. Graham J. Hutchings, The Direct Synthesis of H2O2 Using TS-1 Supported Catalysts, Chem Cat Chem, 2019, doi:10.1002/cctc.201900100

Hasliza Bahruji, Michael Bowker and Philip R Davies, Influence of TiO2 structural properties on photocatalytic hydrogengas production, J. Chem. Sci.(2019) 131:33,

Margherita Macino, Alexandra J. Barnes, Sultan M. Althahban, Ruiyang Qu, Emma K. Gibson, David J Morgan, Simon J. Freakley, Nikolaos Dimitratos, Christopher J. Kiely, Xiang Gao, Andrew M. Beale, Donald Bethell, Qian He, Meenakshisundaram Sankar & Graham J. Hutchings, Tuning of catalytic sites in Pt/TiO2 catalysts for the chemoselective hydrogenation of 3-nitrostyrene, Nature Catalysis (2019), September 2019, DOI:

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Non-Project Publications and Collaborations
  • 2021 ▼

    C. Richard A. Catlow, Concluding remarks: Reaction mechanisms in catalysis: perspectives and prospects, Faraday Discuss., 2021,229, 502-513,

    Arjun Cherevotan, Jithu Raj, Lakshay Dheer, Soumyabrata Roy, Shreya Sarkar, Risov Das, Chathakudath P. Vinod, Shaojun Xu, Peter Wells, Umesh V. Waghmare, and Sebastian C. Peter, Operando Generated Ordered Heterogeneous Catalyst for the Selective Conversion of CO2 to Methanol, ACS Energy Lett. 2021, 6, 2, 509–516,

  • 2020 ▼

    C. Richard A. Catlow, Peter Wells and Diego Gianolio, Synchrotron radiation techniques in catalytic science, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2020,22, 18745-18746,

    Christopher Hardacre, Andrew M. Beale, Emma K. Gibson, Josephine B. M Goodall, Alex Goguet, Simon A. Kondrat, Grazia Malta, Cristina Stere, Peter P. Wells, Graham J. Hutchings, C. Richard A. Catlow, SYNCHROTRON RADIATION and CATALYTIC SCIENCE, Synchrotron Radiation News, 2020, 33:1, 10-14,

  • 2019 ▼

    Dr. Rosa Arrigo, Simone Gallarati, Dr. Manfred E. Schuster, Jake M. Seymour, Dr. Diego Gianolio, Dr. Ivan da Silva, Dr. June Callison, Haosheng Feng, Dr. John E. Proctor, Dr. Pilar Ferrer, Dr. Federica Venturini, Dr. David Grinter, Prof. Georg Held, Influence of Synthesis Conditions on the Structure of Nickel Nanoparticles and their Reactivity in Selective Asymmetric Hydrogenation, Chem Cat Chem, December 2019,

    Samuel D. Cosham, Veronica Celorrio, Alexander N. Kulak, Geoffrey Hyett, Observation of visible light activated photocatalytic degradation of stearic acid on thin films of tantalum oxynitride synthesized by aerosol assisted chemical vapour deposition, Dalton Trans., 2019,48, 10619-10627, DOI: 10.1039/C8DT04638G

    Moritz Wolf, Stephen J. Roberts, Wijnand Marquart, Ezra J. Olivier, Niels T. J. Luchters, Emma K. Gibson, C. Richard A. Catlow, Jan. H. Neethling, Nico Fischer and Michael Claeys, Synthesis, characterisation and water–gas shift activity of nano-particulate mixed-metal (Al, Ti) cobalt oxides, Dalton Trans., 2019,48, 13858-13868, DOI: 10.1039/C9DT01634A

    Ruoyu Xu, Liqun Kang, Johannes Knossalla, Jerrik Mielby, Qiming Wang, Bolun Wang, Junrun Feng, Guanjie He, Yudao Qin, Jijia Xie, Ann-Christin Swertz, Qian He, Søren Kegnæs, Dan J. L. Brett, Ferdi Schüth, Feng Ryan Wang, Nanoporous Carbon: Liquid-Free Synthesis and Geometry-Dependent Catalytic Performance, ACS Nano 2019, 13, 2, 2463-2472, DOI:

    Moritz Wolf, Emma K.Gibson, Ezra J.Olivier, Jan H. Neethling, C. Richard A.Catlow, Nico Fischer, Michael Claeys, In-depth characterisation of metal-support compounds in spent Co/SiO2 Fischer-Tropsch model catalysts, Catalysis Today, 2019, DOI:

    Moritz Wolf, Emma K. Gibson, Ezra J. Olivier, Jan H. Neethling, C. Richard A. Catlow, Nico Fischer, Michael Claeys, Water-Induced Formation of Cobalt-Support Compounds under Simulated High Conversion Fischer–Tropsch Environment, ACS Catal. 2019, 9, 6, 4902-4918, DOI:

    Twigg, Martyn V., Preface for the Issue of Topics in Catalysis Dedicated to the Memory of Professor Frank S. Stone, Topics in Catalysis, 2019, 62, 17-20, 1097-1099, DOI: 10.1007/s11244-019-01204-y

  • 2018 ▼

    Robert J. Newland, Alana Smith, David M. Smith, Natalie Fey, Martin J. Hanton and Stephen M. Mansell, Accessing Alkyl- and Alkenylcyclopentanes from Cr-Catalyzed Ethylene Oligomerization Using 2-Phosphinophosphinine Ligands, ORGANOMETALLICS, Volume: 37, Issue: 6, Pages: 1062-1073, Published: MAR 26 2018, DOI: 10.1021/acs.organomet.8b00063

    Goodarzi, Farnoosh; Kang, Liqun; Wang, Feng Ryan; et al., Methanation of Carbon Dioxide over Zeolite-Encapsulated Nickel Nanoparticles, CHEMCATCHEM, Volume: 10, Issue: 7, Pages: 1566-1570, Published: 11 January 2018, DOI: 10.1002/cctc.201701946

    Abouelamaiem, Dina Ibrahim; Rasha, Lara; He, Guanjie; et al., Integration of supercapacitors into printed circuit boards, JOURNAL OF ENERGY STORAGE, Volume: 19, Pages: 28-34, Published: OCT 2018, DOI: 10.1016/j.est.2018.06.016

    Abouelamaiem, Dina Ibrahim; Jose Mostazo-Lopez, Maria; He, Guanjie; et al., New insights into the electrochemical behaviour of porous carbon electrodes for supercapacitors, JOURNAL OF ENERGY STORAGE, Volume: 19, Pages: 337-347, Published: OCT 2018, DOI: 10.1016/j.est.2018.08.014

    Zhu, Xuanheng; Gupta, Kalyani; Bersani, Marco; et al., Electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide on copper-based nanocatalysts using the rotating ring-disc electrode, ELECTROCHIMICA ACTA, Volume: 283, Pages: 1037-1044, Published: SEP 1 2018 DOI: 10.1016/j.electacta.2018.07.025

    Shi, Da, Liu, Jianfang, Sun, Rui, Ji, Shengfu, Rogers, Scott M., Connolly, Bethany M., Dimitratos, Nikolaos, Wheatley, Andrew E.H., Preparation of bifunctional Au-Pd/TiO2 catalysts and research on methanol liquid phase one-step oxidation to methyl formate,Catalysis Today, 2018, Volume: 316, 206-213,DOI: 10.1016/j.cattod.2018.01.033

    Beale, Andrew M., Hardacre, Christopher, Preface for Special Issue in Celebration of the 3rd UK Catalysis Conference (UKCC), Topics in Catalysis, 2018, 61, 3-4, 143-143, DOI: 10.1007/s11244-018-0902-9

    Jin, Dongliang, Li, Liyuan, Ye, Guanghua, Ding, Hongxin, Zhao, Xiaoling, Zhu, Kake, Coppens, Marc-Olivier, Zhou, Xinggui, Manipulating the mesostructure of silicoaluminophosphate SAPO-11 via tumbling-assisted, oriented assembly crystallization: a pathway to enhance selectivity in hydroisomerization, Catalysis Science & Technology, 2018, Volume 8, Issue 19, 5044-5061, DOI: 10.1039/c8cy01483c

  • 2017 ▼

    Mora-Fonz, D; Lazauskas, T; Woodley, SM; Bromley, ST; Catlow, CRA; Sokol, AA, Development of Interatomic Potentials for Supported Nanoparticles: The Cu/ZnO Case, JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY C, 2017, Volume: 121, Issue: 31, Pages: 16831-16844, DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.7b04502

    Mansell, S. M., Catalytic applications of small bite-angle diphosphorus ligands with single-atom linkers, DALTON TRANSACTIONS, Volume: 46, Issue: 44, Pages: 15157-15174, Published: 09 Oct 2017, DOI: 10.1039/c7dt03395h

    R. Oord, I. C. ten Have, J. M. Arends, F. C. Hendriks, J. Schmidt, I. Lezcano-Gonzalez, B. M. Weckhuysen, Enhanced activity of desilicated Cu-SSZ-13 for the selective catalytic reduction of NOx and its comparison with steamed Cu-SSZ-13, Catal. Sci. Tech., 7 (2017) 3851.

  • Design ▼

    Carvalho, Y.; Almeida, J. M. A. R.; Romano, P. N.; et al., Nanosilicalites as Support for beta-Glucosidases Covalent Immobilization, APPLIED BIOCHEMISTRY AND BIOTECHNOLOGY Volume: 182 Issue: 4 Pages: 1619- 1629

    Su, Ren, Dimitratos, Nikolaos, Liu, Jinjia, Carter, Emma, Althahban, Sultan, Wang, Xueqin, Shen, Yanbin, Wendt, Stefan, Wen, Xiaodong, (Hans) Niemantsverdriet, J. W., Iversen, Bo B., Kiely, Christopher J., Hutchings, Graham J., Besenbacher, Flemming, Mechanistic Insight into the Interaction Between a Titanium Dioxide Photocatalyst and Pd Cocatalyst for Improved Photocatalytic Performance, ACS Catalysis, 6, 7, 4239-4247, Published 2016, DOI: 10.1021/acscatal.6b00982

    Gould, A. L., Heard, C. J., Logsdail, A. J., Catlow, C. Richard A., Segregation effects on the properties of (AuAg)147, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 16, 39, 21049-21061, Published 2014. DOI: 10.1039/c4cp00753k

    Fischer, Nico, Manyar, Haresh G., Roldan, Alberto, Highlights from Faraday Discussion: Designing New Heterogeneous Catalysts, London, UK, April 2016, Chemical Communications, 52, 54, 8335-8341, DOI: 10.1039/c6cc90273a

    Al-Nayili, Abbas, Yakabi, Keiko, Hammond, Ceri, Hierarchically porous BEA stannosilicates as unique catalysts for bulky ketone conversion and continuous operation, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 2016, 4, 4, 1373-1382, DOI: 10.1039/c5ta08709k

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