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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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Research Output

  • 52 Article
  • 3 Comment/debate
  • 1 Conference contribution

Can Gold be an Effective Catalyst for the Deacon Reaction?

Malta, G., Dawson, S. R., Pattisson, S., Edwards, M. M., Freakley, S. J., Dummer, N. F., Schwab, E., Bender, M., Teles, J. H. & Hutchings, G. J., 8 Apr 2020, In : Catalysis Letters.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Facile synthesis of precious-metal single-site catalysts using organic solvents

Sun, X., Dawson, S. R., Parmentier, T. E., Malta, G., Davies, T. E., He, Q., Lu, L., Morgan, D. J., Carthey, N., Johnston, P., Kondrat, S. A., Freakley, S. J., Kiely, C. J. & Hutchings, G. J., 13 Apr 2020, In : Nature Chemistry.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Isolated Pd Sites as Selective Catalysts for Electrochemical and Direct Hydrogen Peroxide Synthesis

Ledendecker, M., Pizzutilo, E., Malta, G., Fortunato, G. V., Mayrhofer, K. J. J., Hutchings, G. J. & Freakley, S. J., 15 May 2020, In : ACS Catalysis. 10, 10, p. 5928-5938 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

A chemo-enzymatic oxidation cascade to activate C-H bonds with in situ generated H2O2

Freakley, S. J., Kochius, S., van Marwijk, J., Fenner, C., Lewis, R. J., Baldenius, K., Marais, S. S., Opperman, D. J., Harrison, S. T. L., Alcalde, M., Smit, M. S. & Hutchings, G. J., 13 Sep 2019, In : Nature Communications. 10, 1, p. 1-8 8 p., 4178.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
4 Citations (Scopus)

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