UK Catalysis Hub publishes book on modern developments in catalysis

The UK Catalysis Hub has published their latest book, Modern Developments in Catalysis, Volume 2 with World Scientific. Based at the Research Complex, the UK Catalysis Hub is a consortium of universities working together on fundamental and applied research to find out how catalysts work and to improve their effectiveness. The contribution of catalysis to manufacturing contributes to almost 40% of global GDP, making development and innovation within the field integral to industry.


Modern Developments in Catalysis, Volume 2 provides a review and update of current research and practice on catalysis. Topics range from the treatment of water using novel techniques for carbon neutrality, cutting-edge techniques using intense radiation including Operando Synchrotron Infrared Microspectroscopy to innovation in homogeneous catalysis, heterogeneous catalysis and biocatalysis. Edited by leaders of the UK Hub, this book provides insight into one of the most important areas of modern chemistry — it represents a unique learning opportunity for students and professionals studying and working towards speeding up, improving and increasing the rate of catalytic reactions in science and industry. Many of the authors are Post-Doctoral Research Associates who are currently at Research Complex.

The contents list includes:

  • Catalytic Treatment of High Ionic Strength Wastewater from Shale Gas Production (Xiaoxia Ou, Mbongiseni W Dlamini, Marco Tomatis, Philip R Davies, Graham J Hutchings, and Christopher Hardacre)
  • Recent Strategies for Performing Organometallic Catalysis in Water Using Hydroformylation as the Case Study (Hasan T Imam, Andrew C Marr, and Paul C J Kamer)
  • Non-Thermal Plasma-Assisted Catalysis for Carbon Neutrality (Shaojun Xu, Xiaolei Fan, Huanhao Chen, Christopher Hardacre, and Richard Catlow)
  • Plasma Catalysis: From Concept to Reaction Engineering and the Valorisation of Organic Sludge from Waste Water Treatment (Kui Zhang and Adam P Harvey)
  • Catalytic Upgrading of Aqueous Streams from Hydrothermal Processing of Biomass to Higher-Value Products (Andrew Ross, Adam P Harvey, Alexandre Goguet, Haresh Manyar, Jude Onwudili, Gunjan Panjabrao Deshmukh, Kui Zhang, and James Hammerton)
  • Dynamics and Reactivity of Methanol in Zeolite H-ZSM-5 (Santhosh K Matam, Alexander J O'Malley, Ian Silverwood, and Richard Catlow)
  • Application of Vibrational Spectroscopy in Surface Catalysis (Leila Neghdar and Yesid Hernandez Enciso)
  • Advancements of Synchrotron Radiation Techniques in Catalysis (Donato Decarolis and Yaroslav Odarchenko)
  • Advances in Modelling Reaction Mechanisms: Bridging the Gap Between Homogeneous and Heterogeneous Catalysis (Matthew G Quesne, Michael D Higham, and Richard Catlow)
  • Periodic Density Functional Theory Approaches for Exploring Metal Oxides in Catalysis (Maicon Delarmelina and Richard Catlow)
  • Insights into Methanol-to-Hydrocarbons Catalysis Over ZSM-5 and SAPO-34 from Operando Synchrotron Infrared Microspectroscopy (Ivalina B Minova, Santhosh K Matam, Mark D Frogley, Gianfelice Cinque, Richard Catlow, Paul A Wright, and Russell F Howe)
  • Heterogeneous Catalysts for Depolymerisation of Plastic Waste (Aleksander Tedstone, Arthur Garforth, Christopher Hardacre, and Edidiong Asuquo)
  • Catalysts for the Depolymerisation of Degradable and Sustainable Polymers (Frances Singer, Antoine Buchard, and Charlotte Williams)
  • Modern Developments in Biocatalysis (Scarlet A Ferrinho, Samuel A Molyneux, Rebecca J M Goss, Elizabeth L Bell, Amy Crossley, Anthony P Green, Kathryn Yeow, and Elaine O'Reilly)