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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  • Retention and release of scale inhibitor in clay minerals

    Jordana, R., Howe, R. F., Guan, H.

    Society of Petroleum Engineers - SPE International Conference and Exhibition on Oilfield Scale 2012. [SPE-156019-MS] Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE). 10 pages.

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings

  • EPR studies of hole and electron trapping in titania photocatalysts

    Howe, R., Macdonald, R., Dixon, S., Holt, E.

    Contributions to Journals: Conference Articles

  • The effect of gold loading and particle size on photocatalytic hydrogen production from ethanol over Au/TiO2 nanoparticles

    Murdoch, M., Waterhouse, G. I. N., Nadeem, M. A., Metson, J. B., Keane, M. A., Howe, R. F., Llorca, J., Idriss, H.

    Nature Chemistry, vol. 3, no. 6, pp. 489-492

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • In situ EPR studies of electron trapping in a nanocrystalline rutile

    Macdonald, I. R., Howe, R. F., Zhang, X., Zhou, W.

    Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. A, Chemistry, vol. 216, no. 2-3, pp. 238-243

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Photocatalytic hydrogen production from ethanol over Au/TiO2 anatase and rutile nanoparticles: Effect of Au particle size

    Murdoch, M., Waterhouse, G. W., Nadeem, M. A., Keane, M., Howe, R. F., Llorca, J., Idriss, H.

    Contributions to Journals: Conference Articles

  • Photoinduced Superparamagnetism in Nanostructured a-Fe203

    Macdonald, I. R., Howe, R. F., Saremi-Yarahmadi, S., Wijayantha, K. G. U.

    The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, vol. 1, no. 16, pp. 2488-2492

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Xenon adsorption in synthetic chabazite zeolites

    Saxton, C. G., Kruth, A., Castro, M., Wright, P. A., Howe, R. F.

    Microporous and Mesoporous Materials, vol. 129, no. 1-2, pp. 68-73

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Characterisation of the transparent surface coatings on post-Byzantine icons using microscopic, mass spectrometric and spectroscopic techniques

    Katsibiri, O., Howe, R. F.

    Microchemical Journal, vol. 94, no. 1, pp. 14-23

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Microscopic, mass spectrometric and spectroscopic characterisation of the mordants used for gilding on wall paintings from three post-Byzantine monasteries in Thessalia, Greece

    Katsibiri, O., Howe, R. F.

    Microchemical Journal, vol. 94, no. 1, pp. 83-89

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

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