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Jan. 29, 2020

Cardiff University scientists find ways to develop cleaner and cheaper catalysts

Cardiff UniversityScientists from the Cardiff Catalysis Institute at Cardiff University have developed a way of significantly reducing the amount of platinum used in catalysts. 

Despite being present in many catalysts that are used to speed up chemical reactions in industrial processes, platinum is an expensive metal that produces harmful by-products. The research team from Cardiff has demonstrated how catalysts with just one-tenth of the amount of platinum can be created without sacrificing performance and producing less waste products. This ground-breaking research will result in much cheaper and cleaner ways of producing a whole host of commodity chemicals and fuels.

Lecturer in Physical Chemistry at Cardiff University, Dr Sankar explains, “Simply by optimising very standard preparation parameters we show how it is possible to manipulate the structural characteristics of platinum nanoparticles to produce a highly active and selective catalyst. In turn we substantially reduced the cost of making this catalyst without compromising the performance.”

The research was led by Cardiff Catalysis Institute in collaboration with scientists from Lehigh University, Jazan University, Zhejiang University, Glasgow University, University of Bologna, Research Complex at Harwell (RCaH) and University College London. The global catalysis market is currently valued at more than $25 billion.

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Content added on 29th January 2020. 

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