Heterogeneous Catalysis

Our research involves the design and application of heterogeneous catalysis with a particular emphasis on using supported metals for hydrogenation processes.  We are particularly interested in establishing structure-performance relationships so that catalytic traits can be tailored to improve activity and selectivity.  In recent years we have explored a number of methods for modifying catalyst design which include:

  • Alloy formation and controlling surface composition
  • Modifying surface properties by adsorption of organic ligands
  • Forming supported metal chalcogenides

The Group

The group is led by Dr Alan McCue, Professor Russell Howe and currently has four PhD students.