Advanced materials and heterogeneous catalysts


Prof. Dr. Hadi Nur

Welcome to the Advanced Materials Research and Heterogeneous Catalysts Lab, part of the CSNano. Research activities involve the integration of materials science, heterogeneous catalysis, fuel cell science and engineering in order to develop and characterize new materials for use in emerging technologies.

Fig. 1 Schematic representation of the catalyst development cycle.

Our principal research interests lie in the fields of synthesis, characterization and the catalytic reaction of heterogeneous catalytic systems. The development of heterogeneous catalysts may be regarded as an iterative optimization process, basically consisting of three steps, namely synthesis, characterization, and testing as depicted in Figure 1.

The speed at which progress occurs depends on the quality of the concepts or working hypotheses used to guide this process. Historically, research in catalysis is experimentally oriented and attempts to make a general organization of information on catalysis would be more of correlation than theory, although the concepts involved in such correlation rest on theoretical grounds. Nowadays, a combination of physicochemical inspections of the catalyst characteristic with theoretical and quantum chemistry, catalyst modeling and mechanistic simulations is the more effective approach towards understanding how the catalyst was prepared (synthesis), actually ‘looks’ (characterization) and performs (testing). The synthesis of the catalyst is divided into three steps: preparation, reaction, and isolation. The preparatory step of the catalyst is the most difficult step because many experimental parameters are involved.