2013 - 2009 Research Scientist, Sustainable Heterogeneous Catalytic Hydrogenation, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne
Maximising the selective production of high value products is the key challenge facing the chemical sector in the 21st century where the sustainability demands provide the driving force for enhanced selectivity, avoiding costly downstream separations, treatment and disposal. The development of cleaner alternatives is crucial. Over the past four years the research activites I have been devoted to have been centred on this necessity.
2005 - 2009 PhD in Chemical Engineering "Catalytic Hydrogenation of Aromatic Nitro compounds", Heriot-Watt University
In the past few years, there has been an increased stringency in environmental legislation. This has lead to a high demand for the development of environmentally acceptable and sustainable manufacturing processes. My PhD work deals with catalytic hydrogenation as a cleaner route to commercially important amino derivates. My model target product, para-chloroaniline, is a high production volume chemical extensively used as an intermediate in several industries (i.e. agricultural chemicals, cosmetics and pharmaceutical products). My results demonstrate that catalytic hydrogenation over a range of transition metals (Ni, Pd and AU) based catalysts in continuous flow gas operation is a more economically viable and process effient alternative.