Welcome to the group of Applied Catalysis. Our group, headed by Professor Ian Metcalfe joined eight PhD students with varying research interests. Our research is in the areas of high temperature membrane reactors, H2 production, heterogeneous catalysis and solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs).
We love membranes! Thus, much of the work carried out in our group focuses on membranes for both gas separation and water splitting purposes, at high temperatures. Perovskite materials are another of our favourites. We use these in our membranes and in chemical looping processes to produce hydrogen. Hydrogen is the Holy Grail for many of us. We produce it, store it, use it, love it and loathe it! Water splitting is our chosen method of H2 production and thus we are also interested in how oxygen interacts with our materials, so we also carry out work with isotopically labelled oxygen to track its path during experiments. We also like our catalysts to work better and faster, so we look into the role of promoters on the catalytic activity of Pt (and other precious metals).
01/10/2013 - Three new PhD students have started working for our group. Welcome Danny, Paul and Nisa!
10/09/2013- Dr Guangru Zhang from Nanjing University (China) has joined the group to work with ceramic membranes.
25/04/2013 - Naimah's paper entitled 'The role of sodium surface species on electrochemical promotion of catalysis in a Pt/YSZ system:The case of ethylene oxidation' has been published in Journal of Catalysis. You can find it here.
01/04/2013 - We would like to welcome Dr Anne Huber who joined the group to work as PDRA.
28/02/2013 - We wish the best to Alan Thursfield who left the group after so many years of good work.
30/11/2012 - Danai Poulidi has left our group to start a new job as lecturer at Queen's University Belfast. We wish you good luck in your future career. We will miss you!
23/11/2012 - Claire´s poster "Auto-thermal Hydrogen Production via Chemical Looping of Iron Oxide" won the first prize at the Energy Excellence Research Poster competition within the workshop "UK Energy Strategy: Showcasing capability of the North East to deliver". Good work!
19/07/2012 - Congratulations to Ian Metcalfe for becoming a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering! This is in recognition of his contribution in the fields of catalysis and membrane science over the past 25 years.
Here is a list of upcoming conferences, workshops and training courses that you will find some of us at. Please look for us if you’d like a chat, we are very friendly people!