Professor Stuart Holmes Inaugural Lecture & Wine Reception
|Dates:||1 February 2019|
|Times:||15:30 - 17:30|
|What is it:||Lecture|
|Organiser:||Department of Chemical Engineering|
|Who is it for:||University staff, External researchers, Adults, Alumni, Current University students|
The Inaugural Lecture of Professor Stuart Holmes (followed by wine reception in C1, Great Hall, Sackville Buidling)
From Zeolites to Fuel Cells (and beyond): a career path through intricate porous structures.
The use of materials for the enhancement of environmental processes has long been recognised, with an early example being Aristotle 1 describing the use of ‘sands or soils’ for the desalination of seawater, a possible example of an early ion-exchange processes.
Although I have been working in the area of porous materials for a long time, it is not quite that long. However, I will describe my career path through the use of zeolite materials in hydrocracking catalysts; via diatomaceous earth (the material Alfred Nobel used to make dynamite) and waste water treatment; into membranes and electrochemical processes, notably fuel cells. The pathway will describe the synthesis and development of a range of different structures to try and enhance the performance of these systems and will showcase how the work developed. This involved collaboration with numerous people and, where possible, I will embarrass them with old photos.
Finally, the recent work in fuel cells will be discussed with a simple explanation/demonstration of how a fuel cell operates followed by a description of our studies and speculation about the future direction of the technology and more broadly the hydrogen economy.
1. Aristotle., Works. Vol 7, 933b (circa 300BC), publisher not known!
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Role: Professor, School of Chemical Engineering
Organisation: The University of Manchester
Travel and Contact Information
Sackville Street Building