Professor Russell Howe

Professor Russell Howe
B.Sc.(Hons), Ph.D., D.Sc. (Canterbury University, NZ)

Chair of Chemistry

Professor Russell Howe
Professor Russell Howe

Contact Details

work +44 (0)1224 272948
The University of Aberdeen Meston Room 041

Latest Publications

  • Neutron spectroscopy studies of methanol to hydrocarbons catalysis over ZSM-5

    Zachariou, A., Hawkins, A., Parker, S. F., Lennon, D., Howe, R. F.

  • New Spectroscopic Insight into the Deactivation of a ZSM-5 Methanol-to-Hydrocarbons Catalyst

    Zachariou, A., Hawkins, A. P., Suwardiyanto, , Collier, P., Barrow, N., Howe, R. F., Parker, S. F., Lennon, D.

  • Studies of propene conversion over H-ZSM-5 demonstrate the importance of propene as an intermediate in methanol-to-hydrocarbons chemistry

    Hawkins, A. P., Zachariou, A., Parker, S. F., Collier, P., Howe, R. F., Lennon, D.

  • NADH Regeneration: A Case Study of Pt-catalyzed NAD+ Reduction with H2

    Saba, T., Li, J., Burnett, J. W., Howe, R., Kechagiopoulos, P., Wang, X.

  • Effects of crystal size on methanol to hydrocarbon conversion over single crystals of ZSM-5 studied by synchrotron infrared microspectroscopy

    Minova, I. B., Matam, S. K., Greenaway, A., Catlow, C. R. A., Frogley, M. D., Cinque, G., Wright, P. A., Howe, R. F.

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Research Overview

My main interests are in Materials Chemistry, Surface Chemistry and Catalysis.  The theme of the research is the understanding and application of materials and surface chemistry at the molecular level. This involves the synthesis of new materials, the characterization of these, and the development of applications in areas such as adsorption, heterogeneous catalysis, and host:guest chemistry. Examples of materials studied are microporous zeolites and zeolite analogues, oxide and other novel photocatalyst materials.

Strong emphasis is placed on spectroscopic techniques for the molecular characterization of solids and surfaces. These techniques have included FTIR spectroscopy and microscopy, Raman spectroscopy and microscopy, ESR spectroscopy, solid state NMR spectroscopy, and X-ray absorption spectroscopy. X-ray diffraction and electron microscopy are used routinely for structural characterization, and surface analysis by techniques such as X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and electron microprobe analysis plays an important role.

Current Research

    • Investigation of novel mixed-oxide photocatalyst materials with EPR  spectroscopy ( a research collaboration with Professors Abbie McLaughlin and Angel Cuesta).
    • Synchrotron infrared microspectroscopy of reactions in single crystals of zeotype materials (a research collaboration with the group of Professor Paul Wright at the University of St Andrews).
    • Investigation of catalytic processes in zeolites using neutron spectroscopy (a research collaboration with the group of Professor David Lennon at the University of Glasgow).
    • Two-dimensional infrared spectroscopy of zeolites using femtosecond laser techniques (a research collaboration with Dr Paul Donaldson at the Central Laser Facility, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory).
    • Understanding and improving zeolite catalysts for the carbonylation of methanol (a research collaboration with the group of Professor Xinbin Ma at Tianjin University, China).
    • Understanding and improving the catalytic regeneration of NADH, the key energy carrier in enzymatic biocatalysis (a research collaboration with Dr Xiaodong Wang at Lancaster University).

Teaching Responsibilities

  • No current teaching duties


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  • Spectroscopic Methods for Investigating Reaction Pathways

    Howe, R. F.

    Environmental Photochemistry. Bahnemann, D. W., Robertson, P. K. J. (eds.). Springer Verlag, pp. 267-300, 34 pages

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  • In situ Synchrotron IR Microspectroscopy of CO2 Adsorption on Single Crystals of the Functionalized MOF Sc-2(BDC-NH2)(3)

    Greenaway, A., Gonzalez-Santiago, B., Donaldson, P. M., Frogley, M. D., Cinque, G., Sotelo, J., Moggach, S., Shiko, E., Brandani, S., Howe, R. F., Wright, P. A.

    Angewandte Chemie International Edition, vol. 53, no. 49, pp. 13483-13487

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Synthesis, characterisation and hydrogenation performance of ternary nitride catalysts

    Perret, N., Alexander, A., Hunter, S. M., Chung, P., Hargreaves, J. S. J., Howe, R. F., Keane, M. A.

    Applied Catalysis A: General, vol. 488, pp. 128-137

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Monitoring the Activation of Copper-Containing Zeotype Catalysts Prepared by Direct Synthesis Using in Situ Synchrotron Infrared Microcrystal Spectroscopy and Complementary Techniques

    Eschenroeder, E. C. V., Turrina, A., Picone, A. L., Cinque, G., Frogley, M. D., Cox, P. A., Howe, R. F., Wright, P. A.

    Chemistry of Materials, vol. 26, no. 3, pp. 1434-1441

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Photogenerated Charge Carriers and Paramagnetic Species in (W,N)-Codoped TiO2 Photocatalysts under Visible-Light Irradiation: An EPR Study

    Folli, A., Bloh, J. Z., Beukes, E., Howe, R. F., Macphee, D. E.

    The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, vol. 117, no. 42, pp. 22149-22155

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Understanding carbon dioxide adsorption on univalent cation forms of the flexible zeolite Rho at conditions relevant to carbon capture from flue gases

    Lozinska, M., Mangano, E., Mowat, J., Shepherd, A. M., Howe, R. F., Thompson, S., Parker, J., Brandani, S., Wright, P.

    Journal of the American Chemical Society, vol. 134, no. 42, pp. 17628-17642

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Unconventional titania photocatalysis: direct deployment of carboxylic acids in alkylations and annulations

    Manley, D., McBurney, R., Miller, P., Howe, R. F., Rhydderch, S., Walton, J.

    Journal of the American Chemical Society, vol. 134, no. 33, pp. 13580-13583

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

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