Reaction engineering and applied catalysis
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.
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/
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Robert Llewellyn visits Imperial College London to learn about the future of energy.