Professor Pratibha Gai FRS, FREng

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Catalysis, Nanomaterials, Dynamic In-situ Electron Microscopy Developments for visualising and analysing gas molecule-catalyst reactions at the single atom level

Our current research programmes are in the following areas:

  • Heterogeneous Catalysis
  • Development of novel aberration-corrected in-situ environmental electron microscope instrumentation  to visulaise and analyse single atom interactions in gas molecule-solid catalyst surface processes in real-time
  • Novel nanocatalysts for fuel cells; hydrogenation and pollution control
  • Novel nanocatalysts and fundamental understanding of atomic processes in Fischer-Tropsch (FT) processes in energy production
  • Nanomaterials and Interface transitions at the atomic level
  • Economical heterogeneous routes for medicines

Collaborators (including on in-situ studies): Professor E D Boyes, Drs. K Yoshida, A La Grow, M R Ward, D C Lloyd and UK Chemical and Healthcare Industries.

JEOL 2200 FS E(S)TEM with dual aberration correctorsAtomic scale image of gold nanocatalyst particle

Left: JEOL 2200 FS E(S)TEM with dual aberration correctors at the York JEOL Nanocentre, University of York. 
Right: Atomic scale image of gold nanocatalyst particle.  The (111) lattice spacings of 0.23 nm are clearly revealed.
References: P L Gai and E D Boyes, In-situ E(S)TEM development: Microscopy Research and Technique, 2009, 73, 153; and in Journal of Physics, (IOP) 2010, 241, 012055); JACS 2017, 139, 179.