Prof Christopher Whitehead

Emeritus Professor

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Research interests

For many years, my research has concentrated on the dynamics and kinetics of reactions and photodissociation processes involving atoms and radicals in the gas-phase, in clusters and on surfaces with particular emphasis on the role played by electronically-excited species. Recently, this has focussed on the chemistry taking part in gas discharges or plasmas and the use of these plasmas for the treatment of waste gas streams such as diesel exhausts and solvents, for the purification of indoor air and the destruction of odours. Recently, we have utilised the hybrid technique of plasma-activated catalysis as a method of improving efficiency and selectivity. The use of plasma technology for the transformation of hydrocarbons such as methane into higher value fuels such as hydrogen and methanol is of current interest.

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