Professor Dame Pratibha Gai FRS, FREng
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.
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.