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Sustainable Chemical Conversions

Sustainable Chemical Conversions research within the energy initiative is carried out across a number of departments and research groups at the University of Cambridge.

Research areas include:

  • Micro Fuel Cells for the exploitation of alternative fuel sources and chemicals production.
  • Reducing the carbon footprint of chemical process technology, including optimising selectivity and activity of heterogeneous catalysts and gaining greater insight into reactor operation and the behaviour of the catalyst in the reactor environment.
  • Sustainable generation of energy by gasification and combustion in fluidised bed reactors.

Key initiatives and Centres include:

Reaction Engineering Cluster is a network of Chemical Engineering & Biotechnology's leading academic researchers in the science of catalysis, adsorption, material design, reactor engineering, electrochemistry, reaction tomography, modeling, energy, sustainable engineering and combustion. The diverse range of research undertaken within the Cluster groups reflects the underpinning nature of Reaction Engineering specialism in chemical engineering. 

The Cambridge Centre for Carbon Reduction in Chemical Technology (C4T) is a world-leading partnership between Cambridge and Singapore, set up to tackle the environmentally relevant and complex problem of assessing and reducing the carbon footprint of the integrated petro-chemical plants and electrical network on Jurong Island in Singapore.

There are four collaborative Interdisciplinary Research Programmes:

 

We collaborate with industrial partners and are also actively involved in increasing both energy awareness and public understanding of the opportunities and challenges in sustainable chemical conversions.

Please visit individual faculty profiles to learn more about their research in the Sustainable Chemical Conversions theme.  The lead for Sustainable Chemical Conversions is .

People specializing in this area

Principal Investigators

Dr. Silvana Cardoso

The interaction between chemical reaction, diffusion of heat and mass, and convection, in both industrial and environmental flows, ranging from the small to the large scales

Dr. Stuart Clarke

My research addresses the fundamental interactions that determine the structure and dynamics of polymer, colloidal and interfacial systems.

Dr Carmine D'Agostino

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) , heterogeneous catalysts and porous materials, diffusion and adsorption, sustainable chemistry, catalyst preparation, molecular dynamics, ionic liquids, Terahertz (THz) spectroscopy, gas chromatography

Professor John Dennis
  • Chemical looping approaches for CO2 removal
  • LCA studies of biofuel systems
  • Scale-down of Fischer-Tropsch
  • New sorbents for CO2 removal
Dr David Fairen-Jimenez

My research concerns the study of the molecular mechanisms that control adsorption processes in porous materials

Dr Adrian Fisher

Research is focused on the recovery and harnessing of electrical work from chemical and biological synthesis.

Professor Lynn Gladden

My group’s primary research interest is in the development of magnetic resonance techniques to study research problems of relevance to chemical engineering.

 

Dr. Bart Hallmark

Our interests lie in developing the understanding of processing of pastes, particles and polymers, and their flow behaviour in particular

Dr. Stephen Jenkins

The application of first-principles theory and ultra-high-vacuum single-crystal experiments to problems in surface chemistry and catalysis

Professor Bill Jones

Materials Chemistry Group

Professor Alexei Lapkin
  • Continuous flow processes in speciality and pharmaceutical industries (flow chemistry)
  • Biofeedstocks conversion to chemical intermediates and end-products; biorefining
  • Modeling of chemical processes
  • Sustainability assessment of chemical technologies
Dr. Erwin Reisner

We aim to generate sustainable solar fuels that are relatively easy to store, transport and utilize (with the current infrastructure). We look at H2, which can in principle be produced from water, and carbon monoxide, which can be formed by reduction of CO2. A mixture of H2 and CO is known as synthesis gas and can be transformed into hydrocarbons via Fischer-Tropsch Chemistry.

Dr. Stuart Scott
  • Thermochemical redox cycles for CO2 capture and hydrogen production.
Dr. Andrew Sederman

The development and application magnetic resonance methods to process and reaction engineering and in particular the understanding of multi-component reaction, diffusion and flow processes.

Dr Laura Torrente

Integration of processes and development of novel catalytic routes for sustainable technologie

Professor Andy Woods

The dynamics of explosive volcanic systems: both subsurface and atmospheric  processes associated with such volcanism, and the related topic of two phase  flow in pipelines

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