Three Dimensionally Ordered Macroporous Spinel: Active Catalyst for CO2 Reduction

Supervisors:Prof Rose Amal and Dr Hamid Arandiyan



This project aims at synthesis of novel macroporous spinel-type oxide materials which are of great interests due to their wide potential applications in catalysis fields. Using a new gas bubble-assisted route, we will synthesise 3D materials of defined sizes with controlled shape and mesoporous structure. The catalytic activities of the unique nanovoid-walled 3D structure will be evaluated for the reduction of carbon dioxide.


Research Environment:

The student will work in the laboratories of the PARTCAT group led by Prof Rose Amal and under the guidance of Dr. Hamid Arandiyan. The laboratories are well equipped with specialized state-of-the-art instruments for both particle and catalysis research work. This is an ideal setting for the student to learn and work with different instruments in a multi-disciplinary research environment that is becoming common in today’s industrial and academic research and development laboratories.


Novelty and Contribution:

Three-dimensionally ordered macroporous (3DOM) spinel-type oxides based on transition metals have attracted increasing interest, both in theory and practice, due to their adequate thermal stability and catalytic activity. The outcome from this project includes contributions to progress towards the engineering advanced materials which are highly active for CO2 reduction reaction. It is expected that this research will lead to a facile, novel and cost-effective method to control size, shape and structure of catalysts.


Expected Outcomes:

This project will generate new knowledge on 3D materials for energy conversion research. It is expected that this work has the potential to produce high impact publications in the field of nanomaterial and self-assembled structures journal.

Note: Possibility to continue project for THESIS A


Reference Material Links:

Can be provided upon request. Please contact Dr Hamid Arandiyan directly