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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

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
1 Citation (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

Effect of Base on the Facile Hydrothermal Preparation of Highly Active IrOx Oxygen Evolution Catalysts

Ruiz Esquius, J., Morgan, D. J., Spanos, I., Hewes, D. G., Freakley, S. J. & Hutchings, G. J., 5 Dec 2019, In : ACS Applied Energy Materials.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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
1 Citation (Scopus)

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