Nanostructured Materials for Applications in Catalysis (Golovko, Kemmitt, Brown(I), Johnston, Tilley, Telfer and others)

The chemical reactivity of the nano-structured catalysts will be explored with a focus on revealing structure-property relationships, particularly on how size, chemical composition and morphology of the nanoparticles affect their performance as catalysts. Their catalytic activity and selectivity will be investigated in relation to partial, selective oxidation under benign conditions, photocatalytic degradation of pollutants and selective hydrogenation. Catalysts will also be tested in the energy related reactions, such as reforming (Objective 1) as well as preliminary studies on catalytic transformations of pyrolysis and gasification products derived from New Zealand biofeedstocks.