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Dr Ben Slater
University College London
We are developing approaches to better understand how materials with molecule sized pores (zeolites), used as catalysts, can be tuned to make them more efficient and durable. Through computer simulation, we will try and understand why certain materials with particular elemental compositions are more disposed to "poison". The poisoning is typically, coking - the build-up of carbonaceous material within the catalyst. The presence of this coke hinders molecular transport, blocking the channels within the catalyst material and rendering the catalyst inoperable. By understanding what factors give rise to the coking and determining whether particular structural features are responsible, we hope to tune these materials to increase their longevity, dramatically reducing the amount of energy required in the production of key chemical feedstocks.
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