The catalysis for energy theme aimed to use fundamental science & engineering to develop innovative & practical solutions for current and future energy needs including: i) Gas to liquid transformation, ii) Synthesis and utilisation of biofuels, iii) Process integration and intensification for efficient energy usage and storage, and iv) Photocatalytic water splitting.
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Replacing petrochemical feedstocks with renewable alternatives is a key chemical challenge. The catalytic dehydration of fructose offers a facile, bio renewable avenue to a wide range of industrially relevant fine chemicals and fuel additives via the production of the platform chemical 2,5-hydroxymethylfurural. This project brought together chemists and chemical engineers from the universities of Bath and Birmingham to tackle this problem. This project studied the kinetic properties of several reaction systems for the dehydration of fructose to HMF before coming to focus on the acidic resin Amberlyst 15. The nanofiltration of fructose HMF mixtures was investigated and from that work a novel membrane contactor reactor was developed to further investigate the separation of fructose and HMF.Find further energy projects at the main Cat Hub website
Further publications can be found at the UK Catalysis Hub website – https://ukcatalysishub.co.uk/publications/