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About Catalysis & Sustainable Chemical Processes

Our CSCP Grouping brings together expertise in catalytic processes for use spanning the pharmaceutical, agrochemical, fine chemical, commodity chemical, and petrochemical industries.

These are used to tackle global challenges such as demonstrating new clean and sustainable routes for the production of feedstock chemicals from biomass and waste materials or making step-change improvements in established chemical manufacturing routes by efficiency of both chemistries and processes. To enable this we use insight from cutting-edge characterisation and mechanistic science to deliver improved catalyst systems for industry.
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Current research areas

Our current key areas include:

  • Gas-to-liquids technologies

  • Methane activation
  • Metal-catalysed organic transformations
  • Organocatalytic reactions
  • Biomass to chemicals
  • Direct Amidation
  • Aqueous chemistry and water-based or tolerant reactions
  • Small molecule activation
  • Design, application and understanding of flow reactor systems
  • Sustainable feedstock production and transformation

Exemplar projects

The wide-ranging work of the Catalysis & Sustainable Chemical Processes Group is reflected in this representative selection of past and on-going projects:

  • Selective oxidation
  • Directed fluorination
  • Catalysts for energy applications
  • Selective olefin oligomerisation and polymerisation
  • Design and application of flow reactor systems
  • Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis
  • Applications of supported enzymatic catalysis
  • Developing integrated cascade catalysis processes
  • Ligand design for homogeneous catalysis including hydrogenation and hydroformylation
  • Pyrolysis and catalytic pyrolysis of biomass
  • Direct amide formation
  • Selective borylation chemistry
  • Targeted nanoparticle synthesis
  • Developing and understanding anti-wear and friction modifier materials 

As well as research collaborations with local, national and international industrial and academic partners, CSCP have close links to a range of organisations and networks including: 

Recent Publications

Selective dimerisation of 1-hexene mediated by aluminium alkyl chloride-activated tungsten imido complexes

  • A. Messinis, M. J. Hanton, and P. W. Dyer, Catalysis Science & Technology, 2021, 11, 1049-1058. (DOI: 10.1039/d0cy01863e) 


Opening the Egg Box : NMR Spectroscopic Analysis of the Interactions Between s-Block Cations and Kelp Monosaccharides

  • S. Rowbotham, H. C. Greenwell, J. A. A. Malavia, and P. W. Dyer*, Dalton Trans., 2021, 50, 13246-13255. (DOI:

10.1039/D0DT04375C). Hot Article (+selected by reviewers for inside front cover) 


Production of high purity H2 through chemical-looping water–gas shift at reforming temperatures – The importance of non- stoichiometric oxygen carriers, 

  • C. de Leeuwe, W. Hu, J. Evans, M. von Stosch, and I. S. Metcalfe Chem. Eng. J., 2021, 423, 130174. (DOI: 10.1016/j.cej.2021.130174


Zinc oxide-modified mordenite as an effective catalyst for the dehydrogenation of (bio)ethanol to acetaldehyde, 

  • S.J. Raynes, R.A. Taylor, Sustainable Energy Fuels, 2021, 5 , 2136-2148. (DOI: 10.1039/D1SE00091H) 


H-Bonded Counterion-Directed Enantioselective Au (I) Catalysis,

  • A. Franchino, A.  Martí, and A.M. Echavarren J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2022,144, 3497-3509 


Mechanistic Insight into Molecular Crystalline Organometallic Heterogeneous Catalysis Through Parahydrogen Based Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Studies

  • M. R. Gyton, C. G. Royle S. K. Beaumont, S. B. Duckett,* A. S. Weller* J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2023, in press.