Durham University

Durham – Centre for Sustainable Chemical Processes


Specific research areas

  • Asymmetric cycloadditions, synthesis, catalysis and bifunctional catalysis
  • Water-based and water tolerant reactions
  • Direct amide formation
  • CO2 transformation and activation
  • Synthesis and use of novel environmentally-friendly polymer monomers
  • Heterogeneous catalysis for biofuels, nanocomposite materials and sustainable oilfield chemistry
  • Preparation and utilisation of synthetic clay-type materials
  • Homogeneous transition metal-catalysed processes and functional ligand design for: C-C bond-forming, C-H activation, alkoxycarbonylation, and borylation reactions
  • Oxidation catalysis
  • Chiral lanthanide complexes as catalysts for enantioselective transformations in water
  • Main group chemistry
  • Ligand design and synthesis
  • Organometallic chemistry – theory, mechanism and application
  • Electrochemistry, spectroelectrochemistry, time-resolved spectroscopy and computational methods: electron-transfer reactions and photo-excited states associated with utilising solar energy
  • Organofluorine chemistry
  • Design, fabrication, and application of multi-channel continuous flow and high pressure loop-flow reactors for gas/liquid reactions and environmentally benign oxidation processes
  • Optimisation of new biocatalysts
  • Control of reactivity in aqueous solution and extraction of chitin from fungal biomass.



  • ReactIR
  • High pressure reactors (autoclave facilitiies)
  • Polymer pyrrolysis equipment
  • Spectroelectrochemical methods
  • Microreactors
  • Handling facilities for hazardous chemicals e.g. fluorine gas, cobalt trifluoride, sulfur tetrachloride and hydrogen fluoride