PhD studentship - Department of Chemistry, University of Hull

The Exploitation of Micro Reactors to Efficiently Manufacture Highly Active Nano Catalysts for Green Chemistry

Supervisors: Dr Paul Watts and Dr M. Grazia Francesconi, University of Hull - Department of

The main objective of this project is preparation and functionalization of metal oxide nanoparticles in a microfluidic reactor. The advantages of
innovative approach are numerous. Firstly, synthesis of nanoparticles in
reactors assures better homogeneity of the particles size and favours
production of monodisperse particles, compared to more traditional "on
bench" synthetic approaches. Secondly, the use of a micro reactor
a process for continuous production and functionalization (e.g. via
surface ligand exchange or surface coating with organic or inorganic
polymers) of
nanoparticles, which is set to be matched with the requirements for an
industrial process, in view of scaling out the technique. Thirdly,
within these
production processes, environmentally friendly solvents (e.g.
water-based media) and reagents will be used to minimize environmental

One of the applications for the nanoparticles prepared in this project will be heterogeneous catalysis of industrially relevant organic reactions.
are many advantages associated with the use of heterogeneous catalysts,
from ease of handling to increased stability and isolation from the
reaction mixture. However, their use on a production scale is precluded
by the costs associated with the catalytic material itself and the
lifetimes that can be experienced due to mechanical degradation when
in stirred tank reactors. In fact, many organic reactions,
conventionally, are catalysed by expensive metals such as Au, Ag, Pt and
However, it has been found that cheaper compounds such as Fe2O3,
Fe3O4, MnFe2O4 and CoFe2O4
are also catalytically active when appropriately functionalised. This
will focus on establishing robust synthetic routes to obtain and
nanoparticles of catalysts in a microreactor reproducible and,
subsequently to
test their catalytic activity by carrying out a series of synthetically

For further information contact either:

Dr Paul Watts Dr M Grazia Francesconi
Department of Chemistry
Department of Chemistry
The University of
Hull The University of Hull
Road Cottingham Road
Hull Hull

Tel: +44 (0)1482 465471

Tel: +44 (0)1482 465409


The studentship will start in September 2010 (or earlier if required).

Dr M. Grazia Francesconi

Department of Chemistry

University of Hull

Cottingham Road

Hull, HU6 7RX


Tel 0044 (0)1482 46 5409

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Comment by ganesh pandi on June 25, 2010 at 7:25am
Sir. i am ganesh. I had completed my master degree in Biochemistry with final year project is about "SYNTHESIS, CHARACTERIZATION, ANTIMICROBIAL ACTIVITY AND APPLICATION OF SILVER NANOPARTICLES USING PARTHENIUM LEAF EXTRACT". Now I can searching for doing of Ph.D in Nanobiotechnology. I saw the Ph.D studentship in chemistry in Hulll. I enclosed my resume, mark-sheets and certificates. Kindly, reply me Sir.

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