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Reference Number InnUK/133174/01
Title Achieving better chemistry faster through thermoelectric promotion of catalysis
Status Completed
Energy Categories Not Energy Related 90%;
Energy Efficiency(Industry) 10%;
Research Types Applied Research and Development 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Chemistry) 50%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Project Contact
No email address given
Award Type Feasibility Studies
Funding Source Innovate-UK
Start Date 01 December 2017
End Date 30 November 2018
Duration 12 months
Total Grant Value £202,098
Industrial Sectors
Region East of England
Programme Competition Call: 1703_EE_R2_12M - Emerging and Enabling Technologies Round 2 - Up to 12 Months. Activity Emerging and Enabling Round 2 - up to 12 months
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , HEL LIMITED (49.588%)
  Other Investigator Project Contact , Cranfield University (36.767%)
Project Contact , Exergy Limited (13.645%)
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Abstract This consortium combines the original technology inventor in Cranfield University, with a pre-pilot reactor developer (HEL Ltd) and a sustainable and renewable process design/assessment specialist (Exergy Ltd) to explore a novel, new and emerging technology, called thermoelectric promotion of catalysis (TEPOC). In essence, TEPOC uses thermoelectric materials to transform a temperature gradient into a Seebeck voltage, which increases the electrochemical energy of the electrons in the catalyst particles. This improves the catalytic activity by several tens to several thousands of times. The generic nature of the mechanism suggests that TEPOC can be applied to many catalytic chemical processes to: reduce the reaction temperature, increase the reaction speed, improve the desired selectivity. The use of the thermoelectric effect to boost catalyst performance has potentially wide ranging benefits for the chemical industry in terms of both efficiency savings and enabling the use of chemical syntheses which have not previously been viable.

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