The activities of this Research Group are strongly focused (but not limited to) on the intersection of the fields of Catalysis and Carbon. The current research projects fall into three areas: Nanostructured Carbon Materials; Environmental Catalysis & Technologies; Energy, Fuels & Chemicals.
Nanostructured Carbon Materials is a major subject of research, including the production of both nanosized and porous carbons with tuned textural and surface chemical properties. Functionalized carbon materials are used for a variety of applications, including catalysis, adsorption, composites, membranes, sensors, and functional textiles.
Environmental Catalysis & Technologies addresses processes for the purification/cleaning of water and for wastewater treatment, including catalytic membranes for water desalination and purification, advanced oxidation processes (AOPs) to remove organic contaminants, and catalytic reduction of inorganic ions, as well as catalytic processes for air pollution abatement, including the oxidation of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and carbon monoxide.
The third area is focused on the development of new catalysts and technologies for the sustainable production of Energy, Fuels and Chemicals, including photocatalysts for solar fuels and chemicals; electrocatalysts and carbon electrodes for energy production and storage; and nanostructured catalysts for biomass conversion.