Solar hydrogen

Developing novel, clean and efficient chemical processes while minimising negative impacts on the world and its resources

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Theme overview and objectives

Our main aim is to improve the way chemical reactions are carried out through the design of more effective catalysts and catalytic routes, the intensification of chemical reactions via novel reactor designs, and the exploration of novel reactions and feedstocks of environmental benefit. Our objectives are to develop novel chemical processes that are flexible and to minimise adverse impacts that the production of chemicals and fuels have on the world and its resources.

Methods and capabilities

We utilise a great deal of high temperature and high pressure reactions in custom-built reactors capable of operating under a wide range of conditions. We have expertise in reactor design and construction of batch and continuous flow reactors, as well as custom bio- and photocatalytic reactors. We have also designed novel membrane reactions and structured materials, with impregnated/integrated catalysts capable of high efficiency and selectivity. We have longstanding expertise in electrochemical catalysis and enzymatic biocatalysis. Finally, we utilise novel reaction media (supercritical fluids, ionic liquids) to improve reactivity, activate catalytic systems, enhance safety and minimise environmental impact of chemical processing.

Solar Hydrogen

Highlights

Dry enzymes modified to dissolve in ionic liquids
Our researchers have developed dry enzymes modified to dissolve in ionic liquids. Find out more or read the paper in the Journal of the American Chemical Society (Brogan APS and Hallett JP. 2016. Solubilizing and Stabilizing Proteins in Anhydrous Ionic Liquids through Formation of Protein−Polymer Surfactant Nanoconstructs. J. Am. Chem. Soc., DOI: 10.1021/jacs.5b13425)

€6 million consortium led by Volkswagen Aim to re-engineer cyanobacteria to produce sustainable, low-carbon and cost-effective fuels
We are involved in a €6 million consortium led by Volkswagen which aims to re-engineer cyanobacteria to produce sustainable, low-carbon and cost-effective fuels. Find out more

Reaction Engineering and Catalytic Technology facilities
Some reaction engineering and catalytic technology facilities.

Highlight videos

Impact Acceleration: Flow Chemistry

Dr Mimi Hii and Professor Klaus Hellgardt reveal how flow chemistry will change the way in which we manufacture everyday products. Find out more https://www.imperial.ac.uk/research-and-innovation/funding-opportunities/internal-funding-opportunities/impact-acceleration-accounts/

Impact Acceleration: Flow Chemistry

Impact Acceleration: Flow Chemistry

We look at how flow chemistry will change the way in which we manufacture everyday products.

Dr Mimi Hii and Professor Klaus Hellgardt reveal how flow chemistry will change the way in which we manufacture everyday products. Find out more https://www.imperial.ac.uk/research-and-innovation/funding-opportunities/internal-funding-opportunities/impact-acceleration-accounts/

Imperial College London | Fully Charged

Imperial College London | Fully Charged

Robert Llewellyn visits Imperial College London to learn about the future of energy.