The design and synthesis of particulate catalyst and photocatalyst

Hadi Nur

Centre for Sustainable Nanomaterials, Ibnu Sina Institute for Scientific and Industrial Research, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia,
81310 UTM Skudai, Johor, Malaysia
e-mail: hadi@kimia.fs.utm.my; website: http://hadinur.com

Abstract

The design and synthesis of particulate materials for new catalyst systems with novel properties remain a big challenge today. Here an attempt has been made to synthesize particulate materials for several heterogeneous catalytic systems, which contain examples from our recent research projects in this area. The catalytic reactions that will be discussed are the oxidation and acid catalysis by heterogeneous 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 magnetic field. Hopefully, the structure-catalytic properties of these several designs of heterogeneous catalytic system may assist in the further search for novel approaches to heterogeneous catalysis for environmentally-benign transformation of biomass and new efficient energy systems.

Keywords: Particulate materials; Heterogeneous catalytic system; Synthesis of titanium dioxide under magnetic field; Liquid-gas boundary catalyst; Bifunctional catalyst; Photocatalyst; Chiral catalyst.

Bio

Hadi Nur was born on the 6th of May 1969. His main field in undergraduate and graduate studies at the Institut Teknologi Bandung was in chemistry and materials engineering. He obtained his B.Sc. and M.Eng. (cum laude) degrees in 1992 and 1995, respectively. Shortly after that, he continued his postgraduate studies in zeolite chemistry at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), where he received his Ph.D. degree in 1998. His postdoctoral studies started with a year as a UTM Postdoctoral Fellow and two years as a Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS) Postdoctoral Fellow at Catalysis Research Center (CRC), Hokkaido University, Japan. He continued as a Center of Excellence (COE) Visiting Researcher at CRC for another half a year. His academic career began with the appointment as a lecturer in the Ibnu Sina Institute for Fundamental Science Studies, UTM in 2003, after a year of working as a research officer in this institute. He was promoted to the rank of senior lecturer in 2007, associate professor in 2008 and to the current professor in 2010 at UTM.
He authored and co-authored a number of publications on various topics, focusing on heterogeneous catalysis and advanced materials. His research has been and is being funded by the Ministry of Science, Technology & Innovation, Malaysia (MOSTI), the Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia (MOHE), the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS), Nippon Sheet Glass Foundation for Materials Science and Engineering, and UTM. His researches center on heterogeneous catalyst and catalysis. Currently, he is Director of Ibnu Sina Institute for Scientific and Industrial Research, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM).

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