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TYC Early Career Forum: Catalytic properties of transition metal carbides

7 March @ 1:00 pm 3:00 pm

Venue: Physics E3/7

Dr. Hector Prats Garcia, University College London

Transition metal carbides (TMC) have been attracting an increasing amount of interest in the last few decades in the field of heterogeneous catalysis due to their extremely high melting points, their high resistance to carbon deposition or sulphur poisoning, their low economic cost, and last but not least, because they can exhibit catalytic activities similar to those of Pt-group metals for a wide range of reactions. Moreover, TMC are excellent substrates to disperse metallic particles due to their strong covalent interactions between metal particles and the surface C atoms. In this talk, I will discuss about the physical and catalytic properties of TMCs and present the results of a computational screening study on the catalytic activity of small particles on TMCs for efficient CH4 and CO2 conversion [1,2].

[1] H. Prats and M. Stamatakis, J. Mater. Chem. A (2022), 10, 1522

[2] H. Prats and M. Stamatakis, ChemRXiv (2022), available from 10.26434/chemrxiv-2023-f13jf

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