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Research interests

My interests are based around the development of heterogeneous catalysts for sustainable chemical transformations. My research is focused on understanding the relationships between the structure of catalytic materials and catalytic activity – particular the characterisation of catalytic materials under operating conditions using spectroscopic techniques.  

Now my focus is utilising renewable energy in catalytic transformations using a wide range of approaches including electrocatalysis and visible light photocatalysis to upgrade resources such as CO2 and bio-ethanol into valuable commodity chemicals.


  • Catalysis
  • Nanoparticles
  • Renewable energy

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Projects 2019 2020

Research Output 2012 2019

Applications in catalysis, photochemistry, and photodetection: General discussion

Aizpurua, J., Baumberg, J., Caps, V., Cortes, E., De Nijs, B., Diaz Fernandez, Y., Fabris, L., Freakley, S., Gawinkowski, S., Glass, D., Huang, J., Jankiewicz, B., Khurgin, J., Kumar, P. V., Maurer, R. J., McBreen, P., Mueller, N. S., Park, J. Y., Quiroz, J., Rejman, S. & 11 others, Romero Gómez, R. M., Salmon-Gamboa, J., Schlücker, S., Schultz, Z., Shukla, A., Sivan, Y., Thangamuthu, M., Torrente-Murciano, L., Xiao, X., Xu, H. & Zhan, C., 15 May 2019, In : Faraday Discussions. 214, p. 479-499 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

Enhanced activity and stability of gold/ceria-titania for the low-temperature water-gas shift reaction

Carter, J. H., Shah, P. M., Nowicka, E., Freakley, S. J., Morgan, D. J., Golunski, S. & Hutchings, G. J., 14 Jun 2019, In : Frontiers in Chemistry. 7, JUN, 5 p., 443.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
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Synthesis of highly uniform and composition-controlled gold-palladium supported nanoparticles in continuous flow

Cattaneo, S., Althahban, S., Freakley, S. J., Sankar, M., Davies, T., He, Q., Dimitratos, N., Kiely, C. J. & Hutchings, G. J., 7 May 2019, In : Nanoscale. 11, 17, p. 8247-8259 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


The Direct Synthesis of H2O2 and Selective Oxidation of Methane to Methanol Using HZSM-5 Supported AuPd Catalysts

Lewis, R. J., Bara-Estaun, A., Agarwal, N., Freakley, S. J., Morgan, D. J. & Hutchings, G. J., 22 Jun 2019, In : Catalysis Letters. 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
2 Citations (Scopus)

The Direct Synthesis of H 2 O 2 Using TS-1 Supported Catalysts

Lewis, R. J., Ueura, K., Fukuta, Y., Freakley, S. J., Kang, L., Wang, R., He, Q., Edwards, J. K., Morgan, D. J., Yamamoto, Y. & Hutchings, G. J., 20 Mar 2019, In : ChemCatChem. 11, 6, p. 1673-1680

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle