RSC Faraday Lectureship Prize Professor Graham Hutchings
Lecture Theatre 3
RSC Faraday Lecturehsip Prize winner Professor Graham Hutchings will be visiting Bristol to give his lecture.
Title of the seminar is "Catalysis using nanomaterials"
Catalysis is of crucial importance for the manufacture of the goods and infrastructure necessary for the effective wellbeing of society. Catalysis underpins the manufacture of most goods as they need a catalyst for their manufacture at some point. In this way catalysis contributes towards over 25% of global domestic product. Hence designing new catalysts is a topic of intense research interest in the scientific community. For example, the identification that gold in nanoparticulate form is an exceptionally effective redox catalyst has paved the way for a new class of active catalysts. Gold is the most active catalyst for acetylene hydrochlorination and recent research on this will be described. Alloying gold with other metals can enhance the activity and these catalysts are effective for the oxidation of alcohols and hydrocarbons as well as the direct synthesis of hydrogen peroxide. In this presentation the use of AuPd colloids for the selective oxidation of hydrocarbons will be used as an example of bimetallic catalysts and aspects of the latest research on topics involving new nanomaterials will also be presented.