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Non-Thermal Plasma Activated Catalysis

February 19, 2021 from 9:00 am10:00 am

Zoom Webinar with Christopher Hardacre
School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science
University of Manchester, United Kingdom


Hybrid non-thermal plasma catalysis has a significant potential to provide a low energy pathway to activate molecules and catalysts to enable processes to operate at lower temperatures than would occur if activated thermally. This presentation will show how plasma activation can be utilised to promote the water gas shift reaction, deNOx reactions and methane combustion. The role of the plasma will be explored and the mechanism of thermal vs plasma activated processes will be shown.



Chris Hardacre is Head of the School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science at the University of Manchester. He obtained a PhD from Cambridge University in 1994 and moved to Queen’s University, Belfast in 1995 and was appointed as Professor of Physical Chemistry and became Director of Research of the Centre for the Theory and Application for Catalysis (CenTACat) in 2003. In 2016, he moved to the University of Manchester. Through his work in ionic liquids research, he was awarded the Royal Society of Chemistry Encouraging Innovation Award with Merck Chemicals Ltd and was part of the team to win the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Further and Higher Education and in 2013 was the inaugural winner of the IChemE’s Andrew Medal for catalysis. His group has strong research interests in catalysis and ionic liquids. Current catalytic projects range from water gas shift and emission control catalysis using thermal and plasma activation to the use of transients to determine gas and liquid phase reaction mechanisms to liquid phase hydrogenations under batch and flow conditions to low temperature fuel cells and clean energy conversion. His research in ionic liquids includes their use in modifying the properties of heterogeneous catalysts, structural determination of ionic liquids, and species dissolved therein, electrochemistry and prediction of physical properties of ionic liquids.


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February 19, 2021
9:00 am — 10:00 am