I am interested in sustainability and my research, teaching, and engagement activities are relevant to energy and natural resources.
RESEARCH: My research is focused on the understanding, development, and application of materials and processes for sustainable energy production and transmission. In particular, the main focus is carbon dioxide capture and utilisation.
Carbon capture: We are developing amine-rich polymer-based CO2 sorbent materials following an unconventional approach to producing supportless CO2 chemical sorbent. Different to the mainstream methods, we want to eliminate the need for a support where amino polymers are usually embedded in highly porous materials. Our innovative strategy is to use cross-linkers in place of supports to create highly efficient and selective CO2 sorbents. These supportless sorbent materials are lighter and have the potential to achieve higher carbon capture capacity, also using the appropriate cross-linkers allows tailoring the performance of sorbents making them more selective. If you want to learn more about our research please see our Scientific Reports and ChemSusChem papers.
Carbon dioxide utilisation (CDU): We are making new heterogeneous catalysts for CO2 conversion to oxygenates and hydrocarbons. The novelty of our approach in to combine metal catalysts with purposely selected polymers to affect and facilitate the reaction pathways that take CO2 to value added products. The aim is to decrease reduction overpotential and increase selectivity and stability. I have been awarded an EPSRC First grant for this project ranked #1 in the relevant Engineering Prioritisation Panel Meeting.
TEACHING: I teach Foundation Chemistry Laboratories (EG085 and EG108) and Power for Transport, Industry and the Home (EGA210). I am also supervisor of various 3rd-year research projects (EG353 and EG353S).
ENGAGEMENT: I am involved in various engagement activities including the IMPACKT project to facilitate and strengthen policymaker-academic collaborations, and the production of a short film for public engagement in materials and energy sustainability. I also organised and chaired the first Bay Campus Low Carbon Energy symposium focused on building new bridges among research, industry and public stakeholders.