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Speaker: Prof. Chris Hardacre (The University of Manchester, UK)

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Date 15 October 2019
Time 11:00


This presentation will explore the perturbation that non thermal plasmas can have to enhance gas phase heterogeneously catalysed reactions.  In  particular the potential to facilitate low temperature emission control for mobile sources (deNOx and CH4 oxidation) as well as clean hydrogen production using low temperature water gas shift is examined.  In addition, the use of reactive ionic liquids to activate CO2 for the electrochemical reduction to formate will be presented.  In this case the CO2 reduction is found to occur at low applied over potentials to efficiently form valued added products.  In both cases the systems are probed to obtain a mechanistic understanding of the processes involved.

About the speaker

Chris Hardacre is Vice Dean and Head of the School of Natural Sciences at the University of Manchester.

He obtained a PhD from Cambridge University in 1994 and was an SERC/junior research fellow at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. He moved to Queen’s University, Belfast (QUB) in 1995 as a lecturer in Physical Chemistry and in 2003, he was appointed as Professor of Physical Chemistry. In 2016, he moved to the University of Manchester. In 2004 he was awarded a USAF, Window on Science visiting research fellowship. He was awarded the Royal Society of Chemistry Encouraging Innovation Award with Merck Chemicals Ltd in 2005 for is work in ionic liquids and the US R and D 100 award for the development of spatially resolved measurements in catalytic monoliths with Alex Goguet (QUB) and colleagues from the Oak Ridge National Lab in 2008. In 2013 he was the inaugural winner of the IChemE’s Andrew Medal for catalysis. He has published over 420 papers, 9 patents and 6 book chapters.


Science Park 904,  room C1.112



N.R. (Shiju Raveendran) Shiju

Faculty of Science

Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences

This lecture is sponsored by the John van Geuns Foundation.