Dr Marco Conte
Department of Chemistry
Lecturer in Physical Chemistry
+44 114 222 9506
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Department of Chemistry
13 Brook Hill
Dr. Marco Conte obtained a Laurea in Chemistry from the University of Padova in 2003. This was followed by a PhD from Cardiff University in 2006. He was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of York from 2006 to 2009, at the Cardiff School of Chemistry from 2010 to 2011, and at the Cardiff Catalysis Institute from 2011 to 2013. He was appointed as Lecturer with teaching duties at the University of Sheffield in 2013, followed by further appointment as Lecturer with research in physical chemistry and catalysis in 2014.
- Research interests
The research activity of our group is centred on heterogeneous catalysis, with the aim of development and design of new materials for: selective hydrocarbon or alcohol oxidation reactions, isomerization reactions of sugars, and decomposition of pollutants for water treatment processes. In our research approach, particular emphasis is placed on the identification of structure-activity correlations and kinetic studies. In fact, unveiling the actual structure of a catalyst, together with the identification of the intermediates generated during a catalytic process, are essential factors in designing catalysts with enhanced selectivity towards specific and desired products.
Our research makes use of an array of spectroscopic tools and characterization methods involving: magnetic resonance spectroscopies (NMR and EPR), optical spectroscopies (IR, Raman), thermal methods of analysis (TGA), chromatographic techniques (GC/MS), surface science characterizations (XPS), bulk analysis of solids (XRPD, and in situ XRD employing state-of-the-art high temperature cell), and elemental analysis (ICP). Methods above are complemented by computational studies. Research areas of interest are:
Nanostructured metal oxides
This research area is centred in the synthesis and testing of metal oxides for the oxidation of hydrocarbons to alcohols and ketones, and oxidative dehydrogenation to alkenes, using molecular oxygen as oxidant.
Research on zeolites includes: development of hierarchical zeolites for isomerization and oxidation reactions under mild conditions, studies on the formation and nucleation of zeolite crystals from nematic phases, development of novel materials and methodologies for environmental remediation.
Supported metal nanoparticles are developed within the group principally for studies on oxidative kinetic resolution, and the determination of the activation parameters of these processes.
Activated carbons are a complex framework presenting several functionalised groups and a vast range of pore size distributions. Methods for the modification of these structural features, and how these affect the diffusion of fluids within a carbon matrix are investigated.
Computational methods are used to gather insights in the oxidation of hydrocarbons,and especially for the study of autoxidation pathways and H-abstraction reactions.
Heterogeneous catalysis, zeolites, metal oxides, metal nanoparticles. In situ techniques, reaction mechanisms, kinetics, molecular modelling. X-ray powder diffraction, infrared spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance, electron paramagnetic resonance.
- Rationally designed transition metal hydroxide nanosheet arrays on graphene for artificial CO2 reduction. Nature Communications, 11.
- The role of impurities in the La2O3 catalysed carboxylation of crude glycerol. Catalysis Letters. View this article in WRRO
- Novel rhodium on carbon catalysts for the oxidation of benzyl alcohol to benzaldehyde: A study of the modification of metal/support interactions by acid pre-treatments. Applied Catalysis A: General, 570, 271-282. View this article in WRRO
- Water as a catalytic switch in the oxidation of aryl alcohols by polymer incarcerated rhodium nanoparticles. Catal. Sci. Technol., 7(18), 3985-3998. View this article in WRRO
- Catalytic Partial Oxidation of Cyclohexane by Bimetallic Ag/Pd Nanoparticles on Magnesium Oxide. Chemistry, 23(49), 11834-11842. View this article in WRRO
- Mechanism of Hydrogen-Bonded Complex Formation between Ibuprofen and Nanocrystalline Hydroxyapatite. Langmuir, 33(12), 2965-2976. View this article in WRRO
- Dynamic NMR and Quantum-Chemical Study of the Stereochemistry and Stability of the Chiral MoO2(acac)2 Complex in Solution. The Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 120(34), 6677-6687. View this article in WRRO
- Investigation of the active species in the carbon-supported gold catalyst for acetylene hydrochlorination. Catalysis Science and Technology, 6(13), 5144-5153.
- Insights into the Reaction Mechanism of Cyclohexane Oxidation Catalysed by Molybdenum Blue Nanorings. Catalysis Letters, 146(1), 126-135. View this article in WRRO
- Acoustical characterization of nano-porous carbons. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 138(3), 1885-1885.
- Liquid phase oxidation of cyclohexane using bimetallic Au–Pd/MgO catalysts. Applied Catalysis A: General, 504, 373-380. View this article in WRRO
- Oxidation of benzyl alcohol and carbon monoxide using gold nanoparticles supported on MnO
2nanowire microspheres. Chemistry - A European Journal, 20(6), 1701-1710.
- Characterization of Au3+ species in Au/C catalysts for the hydrochlorination reaction of acetylene. Catalysis Letters, 144(1), 1-8. View this article in WRRO
- Tungstate promoted vanadium phosphate catalysts for the gas phase oxidation of methanol to formaldehyde. Catalysis Science and Technology, 3(6), 1558-1564.
- Aqua regia activated Au/C catalysts for the hydrochlorination of acetylene. Journal of Catalysis, 297, 128-136.
- Modifications of the metal and support during the deactivation and regeneration of Au/C catalysts for the hydrochlorination of acetylene. Catalysis Science and Technology, 3(1), 128-134.
- ChemInform Abstract: Hydrochlorination of Acetylene Catalyzed by Gold. ChemInform, 43(52), no-no.
- Cyclohexane oxidation using Au/MgO: an investigation of the reaction mechanism.. Phys Chem Chem Phys, 14(47), 16279-16285.
- Enhanced selectivity to propene in the methanol to hydrocarbons reaction by use of ZSM-5/11 intergrowth zeolite. Microporous and Mesoporous Materials, 164, 207-213.
- Reactivity of Ga
2O 3clusters on zeolite ZSM-5 for the conversion of methanol to aromatics. Catalysis Letters, 142(9), 1049-1056.
- Non-lattice surface oxygen species implicated in the catalytic partial oxidation of decane to oxygenated aromatics.. Nat Chem, 4(2), 134-139.
- Modified zeolite ZSM-5 for the methanol to aromatics reaction. Catalysis Science and Technology, 2(1), 105-112.
- Controlling vanadium phosphate catalyst precursor morphology by adding alkane solvents in the reduction step of VOPO
4·2H 2O to VOHPO 4·0.5H 2O. Journal of Materials Chemistry, 21(40), 16136-16146.
- Selective oxidation of glycerol by highly active bimetallic catalysts at ambient temperature under base-free conditions. Angewandte Chemie - International Edition, 50(43), 10136-10139.
- A catalytic reactor for the trapping of free radicals from gas phase oxidation reactions.. Rev Sci Instrum, 81(10), 104102.
- Spin trapping of radical intermediates in gas phase catalysis: cyclohexane oxidation over metal oxides.. Chem Commun (Camb), 46(22), 3991-3993.
- Cyanogen formation during asymmetric cyanohydrin synthesis.. Chem Commun (Camb), 46(19), 3372-3374.
- Enhanced acyl radical formation in the Au nanoparticle-catalysed aldehyde oxidation.. Chem Commun (Camb), 46(1), 145-147.
- Corrigendum to “Hydrochlorination of acetylene using supported bimetallic Au-based catalysts” [J. Catal. 257 (2008) 190–198]. Journal of Catalysis, 266(1), 164-164.
- Mechanistic insight into TEMPO-inhibited polymerisation: simultaneous determination of oxygen and inhibitor concentrations by EPR.. Org Biomol Chem, 7(13), 2685-2687.
- Spin trapping of Au-H intermediate in the alcohol oxidation by supported and unsupported gold catalysts.. J Am Chem Soc, 131(20), 7189-7196.
- Radical intermediates in chloroform reactions over triphenylphosphine-protected Au nanoparticles.. Org Biomol Chem, 7(7), 1361-1367.
- Reactivation of a carbon-supported gold catalyst for the hydrochlorination of acetylene. Catalysis Letters, 124(3-4), 165-167.
- Hydrochlorination of acetylene using supported bimetallic Au-based catalysts. Journal of Catalysis, 257(1), 190-198.
- Selective formation of chloroethane by the hydrochlorination of ethene using zinc catalysts. JOURNAL OF CATALYSIS, 252(1), 23-29.
- Gold nanoparticle-initiated free radical oxidations and halogen abstractions.. Org Biomol Chem, 5(21), 3504-3509.
- Hydrochlorination of acetylene using a supported gold catalyst: A study of the reaction mechanism. Journal of Catalysis, 250(2), 231-239.
- Chemically induced fast solid-state transitions of omega-VOPO4 in vanadium phosphate catalysts.. Science, 313(5791), 1270-1273.
- Unexpected promotion of Au/TiO
2by nitrate for CO oxidation. Chemical Communications(18), 2351-2353.
- Catalytic oxygen activation versus autoxidation for industrial applications: a physicochemical approach. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 17(2), 715-731. View this article in WRRO
- Energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy of bimetallic nanoparticles in an aberration corrected scanning transmission electron microscope. FARADAY DISCUSSIONS, 138, 337-351. View this article in WRRO
- Sensing aromatic pollutants in water with catalyst-sensitized water-gated transistor. Chemical Papers. View this article in WRRO
- Molybdenum blue nano-rings: an effective catalyst for the partial oxidation of cyclohexane. Catalysis Science & Technology, 5(1), 217-227. View this article in WRRO
- Teaching interests
Physical Chemistry, Catalysis, Physics
- Teaching activities
Undergraduate and postgraduate taught modules
- Physical Principles in Chemistry (Level 1)
The course develops the skills and ability in physical science required for Chemistry. Successful students will, at the end of the course, be able to perform the necessary physical analysis required for a modern Chemistry degree.
- The Physical Chemistry of Heterogeneous Catalysis (Year 4)
This course is focused on the description and application of physical chemistry principles that are at the basis of heterogeneous catalysis, applied to relevant industrial processes.
- Tutorials: Level 2 Physical Chemistry
- Level 3 Literature Review
- Level 2 Physical Laboratories
- Level 4 Research Project
- Physical Principles in Chemistry (Level 1)