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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

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

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

1 Citation (Scopus)

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

Plasmonic Oxidation of Glycerol Using Au/TiO2 Catalysts Prepared by Sol-Immobilisation

Abis, L., Dimitratos, N., Sankar, M., Freakley, S. J. & Hutchings, G. J., 11 Sep 2019, In : Catalysis Letters. p. 1-7 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Plasmonic oxidation of glycerol using AuPd/TiO2 catalysts

Abis, L., Dimitritatos, N., Sankar, M., Freakley, S. J. & Hutchings, G. J., 21 Oct 2019, In : Catalysis Science and Technology. 9, 20, p. 5686-5691 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle