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Glenn Jones

Dr Glenn Jones

Research Fellow


Johnson Matthey Technology Centre

Research summary

My area of research expertise is in the use of computational methods to model chemical reactivity. In particular I focus on applications in the field of heterogeneous catalysis. This is a field where the influence of atoms and molecules, which I model inside the computer, can be observed directly through experiments. Not only this, large-scale chemical plants are carrying out the same chemistry in the synthesis of many everyday materials. Most of these industrial processes require 'catalytic' solutions to work, materials that when combined with the right reaction environment, provide control of the desired chemistry.

Recent decades have seen a phenomenal success in the reduction of harmful emissions from motor vehicles. The reduction is due in no small part to legislation, which has been the primary driver in creating the commercial motivation to find technological solutions. Building on this success we can identify more areas where emissions control becomes a significant challenge. Two major contributors to the emissions problem are the large-scale transport industry (e.g. cargo shipping) and power generation (where fossil fuels are used to heat water to drive turbines), both of these areas contribute significantly to the emissions of nitrogen oxides and sulphur oxides into the atmosphere. A technological solution to this problem lies in a process known as selective catalytic reduction (SCR).

In collaboration with World leading academics at University College London (UCL) this fellowship will develop and apply novel computational methods to model the SCR processes across length-scales, from the atomic and molecular interactions to the macroscopic kinetics. The research will provide unprecedented insight into the SCR process and develop a fundamental understanding that can be used to design new catalytic materials. In surmounting the challenge of modelling such a complex reaction and environment, the research conducted during the fellowship will mark a significant step in the development of general methods that are capable of closing the complexity gap between computational chemistry and real world catalysis. The fellowship will allow researchers at UCL and Johnson Matthey to combine visions for mutual scientific progress for many years to come and will also make significant progress towards developing catalysts to create a cleaner and safer environment, thereby having a positive impact on both industry and society.

Interests and expertise (Subject groups)

Grants awarded

Selective Catalytic Reduction: Multi-Scale Computational Catalysis

Scheme: Industry Fellowship

Dates: May 2010 - Jan 2013

Value: £84,327.50