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Test tubes, one with green liquid inside

Green Hydrogen & Ammonia

In the OXGATE Research group, we are researching green hydrogen and ammonia as feedstocks and fuels for our future. Our R&D work starts in a premier catalysis research lab and scales up at the world’s first pilot-scale round-trip green ammonia production facility at the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. Our work includes a wide perspective with modelling of many different production and use systems around the world.



Our research is on both fundamental and applied aspects in Novel Solid State Materials and Heterogeneous Catalysis. We design, prepare, characterise and test new nano-materials for a wide range of applications, particularly in the areas of energy and environment. Engineering of well-defined active metal sites (sizes changing from isolated single atoms to few-atoms-clusters to nanoparticles) on a solid platform such as zeolites, 2D layered materials, faceted metal oxides and carbon nanotubes allow us to carry out catalytic chemical transformations related to biomass conversion to fuels, carbon dioxide activation, capture, storage and subsequent conversion into useful chemicals/materials (reduction in carbon emissions) as well as electro- and photo-catalytic processes on activation of H2O and N2.



Our research group develops techno-economic models for green ammonia production, incorporating real renewable energy profiles and optimising the process unit sizes. We model production both in the UK and looking at many global locations. We integrate our process engineering to energy systems models to understand the role of green hydrogen and ammonia is complex and changing energy networks. The group collaborates at the world’s first round-trip green ammonia pilot plant (power-to-ammonia-to-power) owned by Siemens at the STFC Rutherford Appleton Labs in Oxfordshire, UK.