Seminar Series 78: Prof. Dr. Hadi Nur

Event date and time: 13 February 2020 (Thursday) – 10.00 – 11.00 a.m.

Event location: Al-Dinawari Seminar Hall, Block T02, Faculty of Science, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

Some experiences to correlate structure and properties in heterogeneous catalysts design 

Hadi Nur 

Ibnu Sina Institute for Scientific and Industrial Research, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 81310 UTM Skudai, Johor, Malaysia


In this fast-changing time, the development of high performance and conceptually innovative catalytic processes is crucial for chemical industries. It is generally accepted that heterogeneous catalysis is an important process to synthesize useful organic products. Here, an attempt will be made to introduce several catalytic reactions in order to design a better catalyst through chemical design. The catalytic reactions that will be discussed are oxidation and acid catalysis and photocatalysis by solid catalysts. These works are classified into six classes, namely phase-boundary catalysis, acid catalysis, oxidation catalyst, bifunctional catalyst, photocatalyst, and shape controllable synthesis of solid catalyst-assisted by the magnetic field. Hopefully, the structure-catalytic properties of these several designs of the heterogeneous catalytic system may assist in the further search for novel approaches to heterogeneous catalysis for an environmentally-benign transformation of biomass and organic compounds. However, the demonstration of the structure–photocatalytic and –catalytic activities relationship remains a challenge today.

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