Morphology Engineered Nanocatalysts for Sulfur Hydrogenation
The project was a Competitive Internal Research Award (CIRA) funded by the Khalifa University (United Arab Emirates).
(INN budget: 250,360 AED)
The project objectives were: i) To develop novel synthetic routes to synthesize highly faceted silica encapsulated nanocatalysts, ii) to optimize the synthesis of the nanocatalysts, by implementing pioneering Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Nano-crystallography methods, and iii) To investigate their potency in hydrodesulphurization of Sulfur Gaseous Species (SO2, COS, CS2) as model reactions.
The ssNMR group participated in this project as an external collaborator and was responsible for the development and implementation of pioneering Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Nano-crystallography methods to acquire the facet crystal structure and electronic properties of ultra-fine transition metal phosphide nanoparticles, encapsulated into Si-matrix, aiming to control morphology, crystal structure and electronic properties for optimizing catalytic activity (facets nanoengineering).