Charlotte Williams Research

Department of Chemistry University of Oxford

New catalysts, including Cu/ZnO colloidal nanoparticles, have been developed to show high activities and selectivity in the transformation of carbon dioxide to methanol.   The use of CO2/H2 or syn-gas to make methanol, and other liquid transport fuels, is attracting attention as a means to deliver more sustainable liquid transport fuels and for efficient chemical energy storage. In collaboration with teams in engineering, we continue to discover new catalysts, investigate the optimum processes for fuel production and to characterize, under operando conditions, the structures present during catalysis.