One of the most exciting areas in Chemistry today is the study of zeolites, which has attracted increased interest partly due to the current scientific and social environment. Until now, zeolites have been used successfully as catalysts. Catalysis is the use, study and research of chemicals that can increase the reaction rate through a pathway that uses less energy. Due to important applications such as these, research into zeolites is useful in the attempt to develop green and sustainable chemistry.
The aim of the project is to use computational simulations to study active sites for the tin-Beta (Sn-BEA) catalyst. This is achieved in order to improve the synthesis approach on a molecular level. In addition, there will be an attempt to include other Lewis-acids within the Sn-BEA structure, and also to include Sn within other silicates. The long-term aim is to increase the range of catalysts that can be used to produce renewable fuels.
Start Date: October 2019