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Research interests

Research activities and interests within the group focus on several different aspects of the synthesis of homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysts for sustainable chemical transformations and green chemistry.

Our work involves a major synthetic component, most of which is carried out using inert atmosphere techniques. Work utilises solution-state NMR (within the department), mass spectrometry, electron microscopy and X-ray crystallography to probe the structure of the homogeneous catalysts.

Production of biopolymers: In this area my group is developing new initiators for the production of polylactide (PLA), co-polymers and polymers from terpenes. PLA is a biodegradable and annually renewable polymer. We are pioneering new ligands and complexes for the production of isotactic PLA – this work has recently been published in Chemical Science 2015 and Chemical Communications 2014, 2016. These papers describe a new “self-correcting” method of the polymerisation of lactide and illustrate the subtle nature that the initiator has on selectivity and rate of polymerisation.

Catalytic upgrading if renewables:

In this area we are interested in the conversion of ethanol into 1,3-butadiene (a monomer for the production of synthetic rubber). This is driven by the in-stability in the supply and the cost fluctuation of the monomer. There has been a lot of work in this area in the 1920’s, but with the bountiful supply of crude oil the “bio” route fell out of favour. This work has attracted industrial interest, (e.g. a patent has been filed WO2014180778A1) where we have developed a catalyst that is capable of producing butadiene with a selectivity in excess of 70%. There are still significant challenges posed by this research. For example, the selectivity towards ethylene and diethyl ether are relatively high. We are working on new catalysts (understanding how the acid/base properties affect this) to minimise these unwanted side reactions.

Also we are also working on projects involving the catalytic depolymerisation of lignin. This is important in the 21st Century as lignin represents a major un-tapped resource.

Keywords

  • biopolymers
  • catalysis
  • sustainable chemistry

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Projects 2007 2020

Recycling
Membranes
Acids
Catalysts
Plastics
Catalysis
Catalysts
Diamond
Chemical industry
Neutron scattering

IAA - NOx Aftertreatment Development

Jones, M.

1/08/1631/03/17

Project: Research council

Global Collaboration Scheme - A biorefinery approach for the conversion of grape waste into value-added chemicals.

Bull, S., Jones, M. & Patterson, D.

1/04/1422/08/14

Project: Research-related fundingInternational Relations Office Funding

terpene
manufacturing
biotechnology
lignin
isoprene

Research Output 2001 2018

Ring opening polymerization
Aluminum
polymerization
Ligands
aluminum
Open Access
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Lanthanoid Series Elements
Bearings (structural)
Thermodynamic properties
Polymerization
Nuclear magnetic resonance
Open Access

Highly selective, iron-driven CO2 methanation

Williamson, D., Jones, M. & Mattia, D., 6 Nov 2018, In : Energy Technology.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
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Thesis

Catalysts for stereoselective transformations

Author: Cooper, C., 1 Jan 2012

Supervisor: Jones, M. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD

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Catalysts for Sustainable Chemical Technologies

Author: Di Iulio, C., 31 Dec 2012

Supervisor: Jones, M. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD

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Catalysts for the production of sustainable biopolymers

Author: Whitelaw, E., 11 Nov 2011

Supervisor: Jones, M. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD

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Conversion Of Carbon Dioxide To Hydrocarbons Using Iron Nanoparticle-Carbon Nanotube Catalysts

Author: Minett, D., 13 Jun 2014

Supervisor: Mattia, D. (Supervisor), Jones, M. (Supervisor), Johnson, A. (Supervisor), Tooze, B. (External person) (Supervisor) & Smith, D. (External person) (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD

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Copper dyes for dye-sensitized solar cells

Author: Wills, K., 9 Jun 2014

Supervisor: Cameron, P. (Supervisor), Jones, M. (Supervisor), Lewis, S. (Supervisor) & Mattia, D. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD

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