Development of nanostructured materials for catalytic applications
The group is also focused on the development of nanostructured materials, including ceria, alumina, titanate and magnesia. Understanding of the mechanism of formation of such materials using hydrothermal routes as well as the effect of the synthesis conditions allow us to gain shape control, which consequently tailor the crystallographic features.
Selective exposure of specific crystal planes have effects on the physical and chemical properties of the materials and consequently on their catalytic activity and their interaction with metal sites.
For example, we have demonstrated the effect of the morphology of ceria at the nano-scale on its reducibility and oxygen storage capacity for VOC oxidation reactions.