2017 – 2018

2017-2018 Cohort

Alba Santos, Spain (BA) (MaxNet)

RS1: Supported bimetallic catalysts for glycerol hydrogenolysis: Dr Sankar Meenakishisundaram (Cardiff)

RS2: Water purification: (AkzoNobel) Dr Jennifer Edwards (Cardiff)

PhD Research: Professor Graham Hutchings (Cardiff)

Alexandra Barnes, Cardiff (BSc) (MaxNet)

RS1: Investigation of surfactant stabilisation effects in AuPd catalysts for direct hydrogen peroxide synthesis: Dr Jennifer Edwards (Cardiff)

RS2: CO oxidation at room temperature: (AkzoNobel), Dr Sankar Meenakshisundaram (Cardiff)

PhD Research: Heterogeneous catalysis using nanomaterials: Professor Graham Hutchings (Cardiff)

Andres Richards, Warwick (MSc)

RS1: New catalysts for upgrading carbon dioxide: (BP), Professor Duncan Wass (Bristol)

RS2: An EPR-spin trap study of free radical pathways in p-xylene oxidation: (Invista) Professor Damien Murphy (Cardiff)

PhD Research: Ethanol upgrading catalysis for advanced biofuels – a combined computational experimental study: (BP), Professor Duncan Wass (Bristol), Dr Andrew Logsdail (Cardiff)

Anna (Annie) Cooper, Cardiff (MChem) (iCase with Jaguar Land Rover)

RS1: “Stop and start” microscopy for heterogeneous catalysis: Professor Stuart Taylor (Cardiff)

RS2: Soot oxidation: Professor Stanislaw Golunski (Cardiff)

PhD Research: Lowering the fuel requirement during active regeneration of soot filters: (JLR), Professor Stuart Taylor (Cardiff)

Ben Howchen, UEA (MSc)

RS1: Shape and size-controlled Ir-based nanoparticles for catalytic hydrogen generation using chemical hydrogen storage compounds: Dr Alberto Roldan (Cardiff)

RS2: Design, synthesis and catalytic applications of P-containing ligands: Professor Paul Pringle (Bristol)

PhD Research: Transition metal oxides as oxygen evolution electrocatalysts for electrolysers and solar fuels: Professor David Fermin (Bristol), Dr Andrew Logsdail (Cardiff)

Daniel Latham, Liverpool (MChem)

RS1: Design, synthesis and catalytic applications of P-containing ligands: Professor Paul Pringle (Bristol)

RS2: Computational insights into nanoparticle catalysed synthesis of hydrogen peroxide: Dr Andrew Logsdail (Cardiff)

PhD Research: Homogeneous borrowing hydrogen catalysis using earth-abundant metals: Dr Louis Morrill (Cardiff), Dr Jonathan Williams (Bath)

Derek Durand, Southampton (MChem)

RS1: Toward alkene and alkyne hydroaryl and hydroalkylation with heavier alkaline earth complexes: Professor Michael Hill (Bath)

RS2: Computational mechanistic study of earth-abundant metal homogeneous transition metal catalysis: Dr Natalie Fey (Bristol)

PhD Research: Computational prediction in homogeneous organometallic catalysis: Dr Natalie Fey (Bristol), Professor Paul Pringle (Bristol), Dr Ruth Webster (Bath), Dr Alex Cresswell (Bath)

Heather Hayes, Heriot-Watt (MChem)

RS1: Designing a biocompatible organocatalytic system: Dr Louis Luk (Cardiff)

RS2: Magnetic catalysts for high efficiency radio-frequency and microwave heating of sustainable industrial reactions: Dr Alfred Hill (Bath)

PhD Research: Funnelling solar energy in tailored proteins for photocatalysis: Dr Louis Luk (Cardiff), Dr Mark Van Der Kamp (Bristol)

Jack Stewart, Cardiff (MSc)

RS1: C-C bond formation in the electrocatalytic reduction of carbon dioxide to acetic acid: Professor David Fermin (Bristol)

RS2: Innovative ways to disinfect surfaces using catalysis: (Selden), Professor Graham Hutchings (Cardiff)

PhD Research: Benign metal initiators for the production of biopolymers and their subsequent depolymerisation: Dr Matthew Jones (Bath), Dr Ben Ward (Cardiff)

Liam Bailey, Cardiff (MChem) (iCase with Jaguar Land Rover)

RS1: Direct synthesis organic carbonates from carbon dioxide and alcohols: Dr Sankar Meenakshisundaram (Cardiff)

RS2: “Stop and start” microscopy for heterogeneous catalysis: Dr Qian He (Cardiff), Professor Stuart Taylor (Cardiff)

PhD Research: Using surface chemistry to probe the mechanisms of emissions aftertreatment catalysts: (JLR), Professor Stuart Taylor (Cardiff)

Rebekah Taylor, Cardiff (MChem)

RS1: Computational mechanistic study of earth-abundant metal homogeneous transition metal catalysis: Dr Natalie Fey (Bristol)

RS2: Catalytic production of degradable co-polymers with extensive property scope: (Kingspan), Dr Ben Ward (Cardiff)

PhD Research: An EPR-spin trap study of free radical pathways in p-xylene oxidation: (Invista), Professor Damien Murphy (Cardiff)

Robert Amesbury, Leicester (MChem)

RS1: Synthesis of shape and size-controlled nanoparticles using continuous flow approaches: Dr Nikolaos Dimitratos (Cardiff)

RS2: New catalysts for upgrading carbon dioxides: (BP), Professor Duncan Wass (Bristol)

PhD Research: Catalyst development for the synthesis and degradation of poly(isocyanurate) and poly(phenol) polymers: (Kingspan), Dr Ben Ward (Cardiff), Dr Matthew Jones (Bath)

Samuel Bates, Bristol (MSc)

RS1: Innovative ways to disinfect surfaces using catalysis: (Selden), Professor Graham Hutchings (Cardiff)

RS2: Closing the loop plastic recycling – clever catalytic chemistry and cleaver chemical engineering: Dr Matthew Jones (Bath)

PhD Research: New catalysts for upgrading carbon dioxide: beyond Kolbe-Schmett chemistry: (BP) Professor Duncan Wass (Bristol)

Sophie Thomas, Cardiff (MChem)

RS1: Nano-engineered photocatalysts for photoelectrochemical water splitting: Dr Salvador Eslava (Bath)

RS2: Combining supramolecular coordination complexes to nanoparticles for different applications in catalysis: Professor Angela Casini (Cardiff)

PhD Research: Catalysis in cells for therapeutic applications: Professor Angela Casini (Cardiff), Professor Robin Bedford (Bristol)

Theodore Gazis, Heriot-Watt (MChem)

RS1: Light-switchable catalysts for novel bioplastics: Dr Antione Buchard (Bath)

RS2: Ambiphilic catalysts for hydrogenation reactions: Dr Rebecca Melen (Cardiff)

PhD Research: Ambiphilic catalysts for hydrogenation and carbon dioxide utilisation: Dr Rebecca Melen (Cardiff), Professor Michael Hill (Bath)

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