Available Literature Studies

Currently the following calls for literature studies are open. If you are interested please directly contact the indicated supervisor(s).

Supervisor(s): Michael Jenks
Spectroscopic insight into hydrocracking reaction mechanisms for plastic recycling
Project description: In this literature review you will look into the development of the understanding of hydrocracking mechanisms for polyolefins. Hydrocracking, as applied to crude oil, has been well documented, however the translation of these mechanisms to plastics is less well researched.[1][2] Further, this review will include an investigation into operando and in-situ techniques used to investigate the (hydrocracking) mechanisms of polyolefins and how these could be applied for deeper understanding.
[1] J. Weitkamp, ChemCatChem 2012, 4, 292–306.
[2] J. Scheirs, W. Kaminsky, Feedstock Recycling and Pyrolysis of Waste Plastics: Converting Waste Plastics into Diesel and Other Fuels Edited, 2006.


Supervisor(s): Nikos Nikolopoulos
Title: Waste-derived Zeolites as Heterogeneous Catalysts
Project description: Typically, waste deposits are discarded in nature, causing hazardous impact on the environment, polluting soils and groundwater. Research has been done to find new ways to valorize these residues the past years. The high silica content of these waste streams makes them an ideal source for zeolite catalysts. This review aims to give an overview of the advances made during the last years in the synthesis, characterization and evaluation of the waste-derived zeolites but also suggest future application in a pilot plant and on the industrial scale.

Supervisor(s): Matteo Monai, Nikos Nikolopoulos
Title: Unraveling Catalysts Shaped Bodies Complexity by Multiscale Characterization
Project description: Extrudate bodies are widely employed in industrial plants, but their intrinsic complexity has limited the understanding of how performance can be rationally improved by catalyst design. This review aims to give an overview of the field of extrudate multiscale characterization and suggest future research directions.