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Research priorities: Computational Chemistry, Materials Chemistry, Catalysis, Crystallography
Richard Catlow is a British chemist. He is exploiting the latest developments in computational technology, used in direct conjunction with experiments (especially employing synchrotron X-Ray and neutron scattering techniques) in his research. The aim is to model and predict the properties of complex materials at the atomic and molecular level and advance fundamental knowledge in the rapidly developing field of contemporary chemistry.
His work is also of direct relevance to areas of key societal and economic importance, including materials for renewable energy and environmentally benign catalytic technologies, and has always had strong interactions with the industrial sector. Computational modeling of materials is now used widely and routinely in the chemicals industry.
His research develops and applies computational modeling in conjunction with experiments as powerful and predictive tools in solid-state and surface science. It explores a wide range of materials and applications, including oxide, sulfide, silicate, and molecular materials, with strong emphasis on applications in energy and catalytic technologies. Current priorities include:
(1) Modelling the structures and energetics of disordered materials, especially those used in energy storage devices and as transparent conducting oxides.
(2) Modelling and predicting the structures of crystals, surfaces, and nano-particles.
(3) Understanding the structures and mechanisms of catalytic processes at the molecular level using a combination of computational modeling with synchrotron and neutron based spectroscopy, with a strong emphasis on oxide and microporous catalytic systems.
(4) Modelling the properties of photo-active oxides.
Professor Catlow’s research includes extensive technique as well as application. Current development projects relating to computational modelling include the derivation of interatomic potential models of inorganic materials and of quantum mechanical/molecular mechanical techniques for accurate predictions of the properties of localized states in solids. His group at UCL also develops software for implementation on high-performance computing platforms. The team lead by professor Catlow develops in operando techniques for synchrotron and neutron scattering studies of catalytic processes on the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus in the UK.
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