Catalysis Science & Technology 10th Anniversary Symposium – Poster Prize Winners

The Catalysis Science & Technology 10th Anniversary Symposium was held virtually 16-17 November 2021 and was attended by researchers from all areas of catalysis, from all over the world.

The event showcased cutting edge research across all areas of catalytic science, and provided an opportunity for the broad catalysis community to come together in honour of the journal’s important milestone. The event gave our attendees lots of opportunities to network and engage with world leading speakers, Catalysis Science & Technology Editorial Board members, the Editorial Office as well as other attendees. There were many exciting discussions and attendees had the chance to share their ideas with key members of the catalysis science community.

The programmed featured invited speakers across all areas of catalysis science, a panel discussion on the chemical recycling of plastics as well as a poster session. We had over 140 poster abstract submissions from researchers worldwide, and across a diverse spectrum of catalysis research areas. The posters were of exceptional quality, and judging decisions were very tight.

We were delighted to award 10 poster prizes to the below participants:

 

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Poster Prize Winners

 

Francisco Alonso Gómez Mudarra, University of Barcelona, Spain
“Theoretical studies of Copper-Catalyzed Suzuki-Miyaura Cross-Coupling”

Ian C. Chagunda, University of Victoria, Canada
“A mechanistic investigation of the Suzuki polycondensation reaction using MS/MS methods”

Lorianne Shultz, University of Central Florida, USA
“Copper oxide catalysts supported on contiguous nickel foam: an earth-abundant alternative to precious metals for aqueous redox chemistry”

Vera Giulimondi, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
“Controlled Formation of Dimers and Spatially Isolated Atoms in Au‑Ru Single‑Atom Catalysts via Carbon‑Host Functionalization”

Maria-Iuliana Chirica, National Institute of Material Physics, Romania
“Selective oxidation of p-cymene using MAX Phase catalysts”

Jie Ren, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
“Understanding promotional effects of trace oxygen in CO2 methanation over Ni/ZrO2 catalysts”

Sue-Faye Ng, Xiamen University Malaysia, Malaysia
“Solar-powered chemistry: Engineering 2D carbon nitride-based nanomaterials for high-performance photocatalysis”

Donald Inns, Loughborough University, UK
“Evaluating Perovskite-Based Pt Catalysts in the Aqueous Phase Reforming of Glycerol”

Bingqiao Xie, University of New South Wales, Australia
“Role of surface chemistry in understanding light-enhanced catalytic performance in CO2 hydrogenation reactions”

Amelie Rochet, Brazilian Center for Research in Energy and Materials, Brazil
Operando Bragg coherent diffraction imaging visualising defects dynamics during CO oxidation”

 

 

Each winner was awarded a digital certificate and a £50 cash prize. Many congratulations again to our winners, and to all of our poster participants. We were proud to showcase so much exciting work and look forward to their future developments.

 

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Catalysis Science & Technology: Editors’ Choice October 2021

Associate Editors Andrew Weller and Jinhua Ye have selected some outstanding recent research from Catalysis Science & Technology to share with you. Read now for free until 29 January 2022.

Andrew Weller is Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of York, UK. Prior to this, he was Professor of Chemistry at the University of Oxford for 13 years. He moved to Oxford in 2007, after starting his independent career at the University Bath in 1999 as a Royal Society University Research Fellow. He is currently a holder of an EPSRC Established Career Fellowship, and was recipient of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Frankland and Dalton Transactions European Lectureship awards.

His research focus is on the organometallic chemistry of the transition metals and homogeneous catalysis. In particular, he develops organometallic complexes that are “operationally unsaturated” that lead to highly efficient, selective catalysts for a wide variety of important bond activation processes in both solution and single-crystalline phases.

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Paper 

A mechanistic investigation of the Suzuki polycondensation reaction using MS/MS methods

Michelle Y. C. Ting, Lars P. E. Yunker, Ian C. Chagunda, Katherine Hatlelid, Meghan Viewega and J. Scott McIndoe

Catal. Sci. Technol., 2021,11, 4406-4416

 

Paper 

Aerobic oxidation of primary amines to amides catalyzed by an annulated mesoionic carbene (MIC) stabilized Ru complex

Suman Yadav, Noor U Din Reshi, Saikat Pala and Jitendra K. Bera

Catal. Sci. Technol., 2021, Advance Article

 

Paper 

Zirconium-catalysed direct substitution of alcohols: enhancing the selectivity by kinetic analysis

Cristiana Margarita, Piret Villo, Hernando Tuñon, Oscar Dalla-Santa, David Camaj, Robin Carlsson, Malin Lill, Anja Ramström and Helena Lundberg

Catal. Sci. Technol., 2019, 9, 3259-3269. DOI: 10.1039/C9CY00368A

 

Jinhua Ye received her PhD from the University of Tokyo in 1990 and  joined National Research Institute for Metals (former NIMS) in 1991. She is now a Principle Investigator and the Field Coordinator of Nano-Power Field at International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics (MANA), National Institute of Materials Science (NIMS) and a Professor of Joint Doctoral Program in Graduate School of Chemical Science and Engineering, Hokkaido University, Japan. She is also the appointed director of TU-NIMS Joint Research Center and Professor of Materials Science at Tianjin University, China.

Her research interests focus on the research and development of novel photocatalytic materials and their applications in the fields of environment remediation and solar to chemical energy conversion.

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Minireview 

Ir-based bifunctional electrocatalysts for overall water splitting

Lin-Wei Chena and Hai-Wei Liang

Catal. Sci. Technol., 2021, 11, 4673-4689

 

Paper 

Exposed (002) facets and controllable thickness of CdS nanobelts drive desirable hydrogen-adsorption free energy (ΔGH) for boosting visible-light photocatalytic performance

Dejian Yan, Zhiyong Xue, Feng Chen, Xia Liu, Zhenhua Yang, Yong Pei, Shaoxiong Zhoua and Caixian Zhao

Catal. Sci. Technol., 2021, Advance Article

 

Paper 

Boosting free radical type photocatalysis over Pd/Fe-MOFs by coordination structure engineering

Hongmei Cheng, Cuicui Zang, Fengxia Bian, Yanke Jiang, Lin Yang, Fan Dongb and Heyan Jiang

Catal. Sci. Technol., 2021, 11, 5543-5552

 

Paper

Efficient photocatalytic conversion of benzene to phenol on stabilized subnanometer WO3 quantum dots

Akihide Ohno, Hiroto Watanabe, Takahiro Matsui, Shoichi Somekawa, Tomisaki, Yasuaki Einaga, Yuya Oaki and Hiroaki Imai

Catal. Sci. Technol., 2021, 11, 6537-6542

 

Minireview

Oxide-based composites: applications in thermo-photocatalysis

Irene Barba-Nieto, Natividad Gómez-Cerezo, Anna Kubacka and Marcos Fernández-García

Catal. Sci. Technol., 2021, Advance Article

 

We hope you enjoy reading these articles!

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Catalysis Science & Technology and RSC Advances joint 10th Anniversary collections: Photocatalysis

This year, we are celebrating 10 years of both Catalysis Science & Technology and RSC Advances and we have taken this opportunity to celebrate together. Looking back over the last decade, we would like to showcase some of the very best articles that have been published in our journals. Many of these papers are highly cited, providing valuable advances for further research, and some continue to be among the journals’ most downloaded articles as of today.

We hope you enjoy our 10th Anniversary collections!

RSC Advances and Catalysis Science & Technology Editorial teams

 

Highlighted articles

Amorphous Co3S4 nanoparticle-modified tubular g-C3N4 forms step-scheme heterojunctions for photocatalytic hydrogen production
Yuanpeng Wang, Xuqiang Hao, Lijun Zhang, Zhiliang Jin and Tiansheng Zhao
Catalysis Science & Technology, Article, 2021

 

Synthesis and photocatalytic activities of a CuO/TiO2 composite catalyst using aquatic plants with accumulated copper as a template
Dongfang Lu, Osman Ahmed Zelekew, Angaw Kelemework Abay, Qitang Huang, Xiaoyun Chen and Yushan Zheng
RSC Advances, Article, 2019

 

Ultrathin CdS shell-sensitized hollow S-doped CeO2 spheres for efficient visible-light photocatalysis
Ning-Chao Zheng, Ting Ouyang, Yibo Chen, Zhu Wang, Di-Yun Chen and Zhao-Qing Liu
Catalysis Science & Technology, Article, 2018

 

Eosin Y catalysed photoredox synthesis: a review
Vishal Srivastava and Praveen P. Singh
RSC Advances, Review, 2017

 

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Catalysis Science & Technology and RSC Advances joint 10th Anniversary collections: Asymmetric catalysis

This year, we are celebrating 10 years of both Catalysis Science & Technology and RSC Advances and we have taken this opportunity to celebrate together. Looking back over the last decade, we would like to showcase some of the very best articles that have been published in our journals. Many of these papers are highly cited, providing valuable advances for further research, and some continue to be among the journals’ most downloaded articles as of today.

We hope you enjoy our 10th Anniversary collections!

RSC Advances and Catalysis Science & Technology Editorial teams

 

Highlighted articles

Engineering an alcohol dehydrogenase with enhanced activity and stereoselectivity toward diaryl ketones: reduction of steric hindrance and change of the stereocontrol element
Kai Wu, Zhijun Yang, Xiangguo Meng, Rong Chen, Jiankun Huang and Lei Shao
Catalysis Science & Technology, Article, 2020

 

 

The role of biocatalysis in the asymmetric synthesis of alkaloids – an update
Emmanuel Cigan, Bettina Eggbauer, Joerg H. Schrittwieser and Wolfgang Kroutil
RSC Advances, Review, 2021

 

Prediction on the origin of selectivities of NHC-catalyzed asymmetric dearomatization (CADA) reactions
Yang Wang, Qiu-Yu Wu, Tian-Hua Lai, Kai-Jun Zheng, Ling-Bo Qu and Donghui Wei
Catalysis Science & Technology, Article, 2018

 

Asymmetric catalysis in direct nitromethane-free Henry reactions
Lin Dong and Fen-Er Chen
RSC Advances, Article, 2020

 

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Catalysis Science & Technology and RSC Advances joint 10th Anniversary collections: Catalysis for sustainable development

This year, we are celebrating 10 years of both Catalysis Science & Technology and RSC Advances and we have taken this opportunity to celebrate together. Looking back over the last decade, we would like to showcase some of the very best articles that have been published in our journals. Many of these papers are highly cited, providing valuable advances for further research, and some continue to be among the journals’ most downloaded articles as of today.

We hope you enjoy our 10th Anniversary collections!

Catalysis Science & Technology and RSC Advances Editorial teams

 

Highlighted articles

Recent progress with electrocatalysts for urea electrolysis in alkaline media for energy-saving hydrogen production
Xiujuan Sun and Rui Ding
Catalysis Science & Technology, Minireview, 2020

 

 

A short review of recent advances in CO2 hydrogenation to hydrocarbons over heterogeneous catalysts
Wenhui Li, Haozhi Wang, Xiao Jiang, Jie Zhu, Zhongmin Liu, Xinwen Guo and Chunshan Song
RSC Advances, Review, 2018

 

A plasmonic AuPd bimetallic nanoalloy decorated over a GO/LDH hybrid nanocomposite via a green synthesis route for robust Suzuki coupling reactions: a paradigm shift towards a sustainable future
Mitarani Sahoo, Sriram Mansingh, Satyabrata Subudhi, Priyabrat Mohapatra and Kulamani Parida
Catalysis Science & Technology, Article, 2019

 

Fabrication of CS/GA/RGO/Pd composite hydrogels for highly efficient catalytic reduction of organic pollutants
Lei Ge, Meng Zhang, Ran Wang, Na Li, Lexin Zhang, Shufeng Liu and Tifeng Jiao
RSC Advances, Article, 2020

 

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Emerging Investigator Series – Rafael Gramage-Doria

 

Rafael Gramage-Doria received his PhD (2012) from the University of Strasbourg (France) with Prof. Dominique Armspach and Dr Dominique Matt. After a postdoctoral NWO-Rubicon fellowship with Prof. Joost N. H. Reek at the University of Amsterdam (Netherlands) and later with Prof. Takashi Ooi at Nagoya University (Japan), he joined the Institute of Chemical Sciences of the University of Rennes (France) as a CNRS senior researcher in 2015, where he obtained his Habilitation diploma (2019).

His research activities include transition metal catalysis for fine chemicals and green chemistry applications, C–H bond functionalization, supramolecular and coordination chemistry, and supramolecular and bio-inspired catalysis. He is author of >40 publications and he has delivered >30 (inter)national lectures.

Read his Emerging Investigator article “Ruthenium-catalysed oxidative coupling of vinyl derivatives and application in tandem hydrogenation” and read more about his in the interview below:

How do you feel about Catalysis Science & Technology as a place to publish?

Catal. Sci. Technol. is regarded as one of the most important journals in the area of catalysis not only because of the excellent impact factor but also because it ensures worldwide visibility of our research contributions. The broad readership is ensured by the different topics related to catalysis from fundamental/specific questions to practical applications. Our humble experience with editors and reviewers has been excellent due to the high standards and professionalism they have.

What aspect of your work are you most excited about at the moment and what do you find most challenging about your research?

We are chemists performing research on homogeneous catalysis using organometallic complexes in the broad sense. Developing new chemical reactions as well as controlling the selectivity when multiple products can form is highly attractive for us. To meet this challenge, we rationally design appropriate organometallic catalysts as well as to carefully fine-tune the reaction conditions.

In your opinion, what are the most important questions to be asked/answered in this field of research?

In my opinion, the most interesting scientific questions to be addressed in the future is how to design more powerful, more selective and less energetically demanding catalytic systems. In other words, how can we get more efficient man made catalysts? And the answer to this question might be to look at nature’s catalysts, enzymes, which display unparalleled activity and selectivity in biological transformations. The idea to mimic (some of) their features for implementation in abiological catalysts is a promising pathway.

Can you share one piece of career-related advice or wisdom with other early career scientists?

I do not feel to be in a position to give any advice at all publicly, but I could share a couple of really good advices I received when I was younger: (1) when preparing a manuscript (or an oral presentation), keep in mind the reader (or the audience) in order to make clear what you wish to communicate (the not-so-hidden message is to provide nice scheme/figures and attractive text); (2) always ask yourself and colleagues what is the fundamental scientific question you are addressing in that project or in that experiment; and (3) be supportive and helpful towards students, we all have been there, so do not forget that.

Keep up to date with Rafael and his research by following his Twitter @Rafa_gramage, and visit his group website here.

 

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Emerging Investigator Series – David Nelson

Dr David Nelson studied chemistry at the Universities of Edinburgh (MChem, 2008) and Strathclyde (PhD, 2012 with Prof. J. M. Percy). He was then a Research Fellow at the University of St. Andrews (2012-14 with Prof. S. P. Nolan) before taking up a Chancellor’s Fellowship at the University of Strathclyde (2014), where he was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2018. He received a Bürgenstock Junior Scientists Programme Fellowship in 2019 and a Thieme Chemistry Journals Award in 2020. David joined the editorial board of Communications Chemistry in 2020.

David and his team use tools and techniques from physical (in)organic, organometallic, organic and computational chemistry to understand reaction mechanisms and structure/reactivity relationships in homogeneous catalysis mediated by transition metal complexes. Current areas of focus include nickel-catalysed cross-coupling reactions and iridium-catalysed C-H activation reactions.

 

Read his Emerging Investigator article “Are rate and selectivity correlated in iridium-catalysed hydrogen isotope exchange reactions?” and read more about his in the interview below:

How do you feel about Catalysis Science & Technology as a place to publish?

I’ve always found publishing with the journal to be quite painless. The review process is smooth, the tracker is excellent (and provides more/more up-to-date information than other publishers do), and we’ve always had constructive comments from reviewers and editors that have allowed us to improve our manuscripts.

What aspect of your work are you most excited about at the moment and what do you find most challenging about your research?

We are really interested in understanding reaction mechanisms and how this understanding can be used to optimise reaction conversion and selectivity, and to make reactions more efficient. I really enjoy working with reactions where there is a lot to discover, and where there are still some big questions to be answered. It’s often quite challenging to move beyond empirical observations of “this reaction gives X% yield” or “this is the order of reactivity” to truly understand why this is observed.

In your opinion, what are the most important questions to be asked/answered in this field of research?

For C-H activation I think, depending on the specific reaction, there still remain some challenges around decreasing catalyst loadings and around understanding and predicting selectivity. When I teach C-H activation to our undergraduates I like to point towards iridium-catalysed C-H borylation as an excellent reaction that’s widely used across academia and industry, exactly because we can often work at reasonably low catalyst loadings and predict selectivity quite reliably.

Can you share one piece of career-related advice or wisdom with other early career scientists?

Advice is always tricky to give out, because everyone has a different experience of life and a different career path, but I would encourage early career scientists to consider empathy as an important attribute. It’s always worth considering things from multiple perspectives, when you interact with people directly or indirectly: your students, senior colleagues, technical staff, reviewers, the authors of the papers and grants you review, and so on. What would you want from that interaction, if you were in their shoes? What else might they be dealing with?

Keep up to date with David and his research by following his Twitter @TheNelsonGroup

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Emerging Investigator Series – Sophie Carenco

Sophie Carenco graduated from Ecole Polytechnique, Palaiseau, in 2008. She obtained her PhD in 2011 from University Pierre & Marie Curie, Paris, for her work on the synthesis and applications of metal phosphide nanoparticles. From 2012 to 2013, she was a post-doctoral fellow at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, Berkeley, California, in the group of Prof. Miquel Salmeron, where she used synchrotron-based in situ spectroscopies to monitor the surface state of metallic nanoparticles during catalytic reactions.

In 2014, she joined CNRS as a researcher in Laboratoire de Chimie de la Matière Condensée de Paris (LCMCP), associated with Sorbonne Université, CNRS and Collège de France. She works on novel synthetic routes of exotic nanomaterials for energy-relevant challenges such as CO2 valorization. In 2017, she was awarded an ERC Starting Grant to work on small molecules activation at the surface of nanoparticles.

She was awarded the European Young Chemist Award from EuCheMS in 2010 and the C’Nano National Award in 2012 for her PhD work. More recently, she was awarded the Bronze Medal of CNRS, the Jean Rist Medal of SF2M. In relation with the interdisciplinary character of her research, she received the Young Researcher Award of Physical Chemistry division of SCF-SFP (2018) and the Young Researcher Award of the Catalysis Division of the French Chemical Society (2021). In 2020, she was the recipient of the Clara Immerwahr Award, from the German consortium UniSysCat. In 2021, she received the Researcher Award from the Solid State Chemistry division of the French Chemical Society. She is also involved in science outreach: she published in 2012 a short book about nanomaterials and chemistry.

Read her Emerging Investigator article “Influence of the copper precursor on the catalytic transformation of oleylamine during Cu nanoparticle synthesis” and read more about her in the interview below:

How do you feel about Catalysis Science & Technology as a place to publish?

As my work deals with reactivity and catalysis at the frontier of homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis, this journal is a nice venue to publish our latest results. I enjoy the fact that mechanistic works, focused on deciphering the underlying processes rather than on the catalysts performance, are welcome in CatSciTech.

What aspect of your work are you most excited about at the moment and what do you find most challenging about your research?

I am excited about our research line on colloidal catalysis, which is neither traditional homogeneous catalysis nor typical of heterogeneous catalysis studies. In the ERC project “NanoFLP”, we focus on the interface of metal-containing nanoparticles with solutions containing strong ligands. Nowadays, a range of tools are available to monitor this interface, which provides us with new insights on the dynamics of the interface, and an opportunity to enhance the reactivity toward small molecules.

In your opinion, what are the most important questions to be asked/answered in this field of research?

I believe we should pursue a fundamental approach that properly characterizes the amount and nature of surface ligands, while also considering the exchanges with the surrounding solution and the metal core restructuring. Both phenomena are intertwined. We should expand the variety of examples, beyond the typical CdSe or gold nanoparticles, reaching to multimetallic nanoparticles but also less common phases such as metal carbides or metal oxysulfides.

Can you share one piece of career-related advice or wisdom with other early career scientists?

I would mention two things: First, don’t work in a bubble, seek feedback from your advisors but also from your peers, which you can do at your university or through younger chemists networks such as IYCN or YEuCAT. Second, target the core question in your research topic sooner than later: you will be able to optimize yields or performance only if you get an in-depth understanding of the catalyst you work with.

 

Follow @SophieCARENCO on Twitter to keep updated with her and her research!

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Emerging Investigator Series – Takashi Toyao

Takashi Toyao obtained his PhD from Osaka Prefecture University under the supervision of Prof. Masaya Matsuoka for the development of photocatalysts based on metal–organic frameworks and porous coordination polymers. Since 2015, He has served as Assistant Professor at Hokkaido University, where he enjoys catalysis research in an international research group with fantastic collaborators. His research interests include CO2 utilization, automotive emission control, and lower alkanes upgrading using spectroscopic, theoretical and data science approaches.

Read his Emerging Investigator article “Reverse water-gas shift reaction over Pt/MoOx/TiO2: reverse Mars–van Krevelen mechanism via redox of supported MoOx” and read more about him in the interview below:

How do you feel about Catalysis Science & Technology as a place to publish?

I am very excited because Catalysis Science & Technology is a leading journal in the field of catalysis. I am also grateful to the co-authors who not only made this possible but made it an extremely pleasant and joyful journey.

What aspect of your work are you most excited about at the moment and what do you find most challenging about your research?

I am looking forward to continuing my work on the low-temperature reverse water-gas shift (RWGS) reaction we explored in this most recent publication as well as on reactions that would help to solve energy and environmental issues. We try to seamlessly integrate experiment, theory and data science to realize catalysts development and to gain a better understanding of on structure-performance relationship. I hope these activities would lead to establishing a new methodology that accelerate paradigm shift away from the use of traditional catalysis research where trial-and-error methods are already reaching the limit

In your opinion, what are the most important questions to be asked/answered in this field of research?

I think that rational catalyst design would be the most important. The discovery of truly novel catalysts and catalytic reactions is a formidable task, and as a result, many of the advances in this field of catalysis have arisen from trial-and-error investigations which are often too resource intensive and intellectually frustrating. Establishing effective and accurate catalyst design guides through the fundamental understanding of catalytic processes could accelerate the development of novel catalysts.

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Emerging Investigator Series – Chunfei Wu

 

Dr Chunfei Wu is a Reader at the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and the Chemical Engineering Programme Lead at Queen’s University Belfast. He has worked in the areas of converting renewable and waste resources to energy, fuel, and chemicals through catalytic thermo-chemical routes for more than 15 years. Dr Wu has also been involved in several EPSRC, Innovate UK, Royal Society and EU projects. He has published more than 150 peer reviewed journal papers with >6000 citations (H index of 45, Google Scholar) in the areas of catalytic thermo-chemical conversion of wastes and carbon capture and utilisation. He is the founding Editor-in-Chief of Carbon Capture Science & Technology, the Managing Editor of Biomass and Bioenerg. He is a Charted Scientist and a Member of Royal Society of Chemistry.

Read his Emerging Investigator article “Coked Ni/Al2O3 from the catalytic reforming of volatiles from co-pyrolysis of lignin and polyethylene: preparation, identification and application as a potential adsorbent” and read more about him in the interview below:

How do you feel about Catalysis Science & Technology as a place to publish?

Catalysis Science & Technology is a high profile journal in the research area of catalysis. Its fast processing of manuscripts is attracting me to publish papers. I definitely recommend the journal to my colleagues.

What aspect of your work are you most excited about at the moment and what do you find most challenging about your research?

I am excited about developing novel and applicable technologies to upcycle waste plastics. However, the key challenge is to demonstrate its commercial potential and deploy the technologies.

In your opinion, what are the most important questions to be asked/answered in this field of research?

In the area of waste plastic recycling, the key question is whether the recycling technology is robust, economically feasible and environmentally friendly.

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