Catalytic micro-combustion


In this project, we study the microkinetics of methane/natural gas oxidation over catalysts using quantum chemistry, molecular dynamics, laboratory experiment and kinetic modelling. A particular focus of the research is to understand the mechanism of formation of NOx in catalytic combustion.


Dr Alejandro Montoya

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Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

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The combustion group at the University of Sydney is developing catalytic micro-combustors to provide process heat and for catalytic partial oxidation of fuels. This is part of our world-leading research activity in the development of miniaturised chemical plant. Our research on these combustors is leading to the creation of advanced kinetic models for the homogeneous/ heterogeneous reactions occurring in catalytic combustion.

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catalytic combustion, kinetic modelling; catalytic partial oxidation (CPO)

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The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is: 374

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