Reaction engineering for energy applications

Reaction engineering and catalysis play an increasingly important role in the production and distribution of energy. Currently, the world’s energy demand is met by hydrocarbon fossil fuels, which have a number of disadvantages. Principally among these are the CO2 emissions associated with their combustion which cause anthropogenic global climate change phenomena such as global warming. Furthermore, reserves of fossil fuels are both finite and geographically limited, presenting future concerns regarding sustainability and security of supply. Thus, there is a strong motivation toward finding sources of alternative energy that can meet growing demand whilst remaining environmentally benign and economically viable. The energy research conducted in this group spans a range of topics and uses a diverse number of techniques including: