Richard obtained his MChem degree from the University of St Andrews in 2001 and remained there to undertake a PhD with Prof. Russell Morris entitled “Structural Studies of Zeolites by Solid State NMR and Microcrystal X-ray Diffraction”. In 2005 he moved to the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada to undertake a Post Doctoral Research Fellowship with Prof. Colin Fyfe in porous materials chemistry, before returning to the UK in 2008 to work with Dr. Richard Walton at the University of Warwick on the hydrothermal synthesis of complex metal oxides. In October 2008 he was appointed as a Lecturer in Physical and Analytical Chemistry at Keele.
Catalysis by Design: Overcoming Catalyst Deactivation in Methane Reforming Reactions
Syngas is one of the largest sources of commercial hydrogen gas and is the principal commercial source of carbon monoxide. Research into the production of syngas has attracted more attention in recent years due to its potential as a greener alternative to conventional fuel sources for use in solid oxide fuel cells and also as a feedstock for the manufacture of chemicals, such as methanol and hydrocarbons.
Syngas is typically produced through the catalytic reforming of methane over a metal supported catalyst, such as nickel on alumina. These catalysts often suffer from numerous side reactions that can lead to significant carbon deposition, which eventually poisons the active metal surface or blocks the flow of reactive gases causing catalyst deactivation.
In this presentation we will highlight some of the recent work from our group and explain how hydrothermal synthesis methods combined with structural characterisation can be used in the design of mixed metal oxides to overcome these deactivation issues, whilst retaining favourable catalytic performances.