Peter P Wells

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Iron molybdate catalysts are used for the selective oxidation of methanol to formaldehyde. In this paper we have attempted to understand what determines high selectivity in this reaction system by doping haematite with surface layers of Mo by incipient wetness impregnation. This works well and the Mo appears to form finely dispersed layers. Even very low(More)
This Critical Review provides an overview of the recent developments in the synthesis and characterization of bimetallic nanoparticles. Initially the review follows a materials science perspective on preparing bimetallic nanoparticles with designer morphologies, after which the emphasis shifts towards recent developments in using these bimetallic particles(More)
A controlled surface reaction technique has been successfully employed to prepare a series of Pt modified Pd/C (Pt/Pd/C) and Pd modified Pt/C (Pd/Pt/C) catalysts. The resulting catalyst materials were characterised by TEM, XRD, electrochemistry, and EXAFS techniques. In the case of the Pd/Pt/C carbon catalysts, core-shell structural arrangements were found,(More)
Photocatalytic hydrogen evolution may provide one of the solutions to the shift to a sustainable energy society, but the quantum efficiency of the process still needs to be improved. Precise control of the composition and structure of the metal nanoparticle cocatalysts is essential, and we show that fine-tuning the Au-Pd nanoparticle structure modifies the(More)
Cardiff Catalysis Institute, School of Chem Park Place, Cardiff, CF103AT, UK. E-mail: 2090874030; Tel: +44 (0)2920874059 UK Catalysis Hub, Research Complex Laboratory, Harwell Science & Innovation C Department of Materials Science and Engin Avenue, Bethlehem, PA 18015-3195, USA † Electronic supplementary informa 10.1039/c4sc00545g ‡ Present address(More)
Poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA)-stabilized Au nanoparticles (NPs) were synthesized by colloidal methods in which temperature variations (−75 to 75 °C) and mixed H2O/EtOH solvent ratios (0, 50, and 100 vol/vol) were used. The resulting Au NPs were immobilized on TiO2 (P25), and their catalytic performance was investigated for the liquid phase oxidation of(More)
Copper and zinc form an important group of hydroxycarbonate minerals that include zincian malachite, aurichalcite, rosasite and the exceptionally rare and unstable--and hence little known and largely ignored--georgeite. The first three of these minerals are widely used as catalyst precursors for the industrially important methanol-synthesis and(More)
There remains considerable debate over the active form of gold under operating conditions of a recently validated gold catalyst for acetylene hydrochlorination. We have performed an in situ x-ray absorption fine structure study of gold/carbon (Au/C) catalysts under acetylene hydrochlorination reaction conditions and show that highly active catalysts(More)