Fields of Expertise

Below, please find a list of examples of fields of chemistry we specialise in at the moment. Click on the field you are interested in to see a selection of topics in each area.

The list is by no means complete. We are constantly expanding our working area, so if your field or topic of interest is not among these, please contact us and we will find the specialists for your project as required.

We will be excited to combine these disciplines into multidisciplinary teams, and add other disciplines and skills as needed.

Heterogeneous Catalysis

  • Catalysis for environmental protection
  • Catalytic combustion of VOCs in air
  • Reduction of NOx in mobile exhaust gasses
  • Scaling up of catalyst production
  • Testing of industrial catalysts (including at pilot scale)
  • Kinetics of heterogeneous catalytic reactions
    • steady state
    • non-steady state
  • FTIR spectroscopy of gasses adsorbed on catalysts
  • Catalytic reactions using ozone
    • destruction of polyaromatics
    • destruction of VOCs in air
    • decomposition of ozone
  • Photocatalytic water purification
  • Catalysis for hydrogen production
  • Gold catalysis
  • Hydrotalcite-based catalyst precursors
  • Zeolites: synthesis, characterisation and application as catalysts
  • Application of catalysis in organic synthesis

Inorganic Chemistry

  • Preparation of phase-homogeneous mixed oxide powders
  • Application of mixed oxide materials
  • Preparation of thin mixed oxide films
  • Hydrogen storage alloys
  • Chemistry of water-salt systems
  • Utilisation of salts in seawater
  • Calcium phosphate biomaterials
  • Method development in inorganic analytical chemistry
  • Development of ion-selective electrochemical sensors
  • Electrode materials for Li-ion batteries
  • Hybrid organic-inorganic adsorbents
  • Recovery of precious metals from industrial waste materials
  • Chemistry and physics of phosphors
  • Complexes of transition metals and rare earths as oxygen sensor molecules
  • Inorganic chemicals containing radioactive isotopes
  • Chemistry of rare earth elements
  • Technology of inorganic nanoparticles
  • Preparation of specialty inorganic chemicals

Physical Chemistry

  • Preparation and properties of thin liquid films and foams
  • Electrochemical deposition of thin solid films on metals and polymers
  • Corrosion prevention by deposition of protective layers
  • Hydrogen storage in metal hydride-carbon fibre systems
  • Physical chemistry of surfaces
  • Preparation and application of active carbon
  • Nucleation and growth of crystals

Chemical Engineering

  • Design of biochemical processes
    • kinetics of fermentation
    • production of biogas from waste biomass
    • treatment of waste water
    • applications in the pharmaceutical industry
  • Chemical engineering of heterogeneous catalytic reactors
    • catalytic selective oxidation reactors
  • Hydrodynamics, heat and mass transfer processes in multiphase systems
    • extraction of natural products and metals using liquid membranes
    • design of mixers
    • packed columns for absorption, distillation and direct heating
    • Computer simulation, optimisation and control of chemical reactor systems
  • Process integration of batch and continuous unit operations

Organic Chemistry

  • Preparation of organic compounds
  • Chemistry and biophysics of proteins and enzymes
  • Biocatalysis
  • Chemistry of natural compounds (esp. from plants and marine animals)
  • Chemistry of phosphonates and other organic phosphorus compounds

Polymer Chemistry

  • Condensation polymerisation
  • Preparation and properties of high molecular weight poly(ethylene oxide) and other water-soluble polymers
  • Polymers containing phosphorus and their application as flame retardants

Microbiology

  • Pathogenic bacteria and their photodynamic inactivation
  • Extremophylic bacteria and isolation and characterisation of their enzymes
  • Anaerobic digestion and the design and operation of biogas reactors