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Net Zero and Catalysis: How Neutrons Can Help

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ISIS Neutron and Muon Facility, STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Chilton, Oxon OX11 0QX, UK
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School of Chemistry, Joseph Black Building, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ, UK
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Academic Editors: Jacinto Sá and Sergei Manzhos
Received: 7 May 2021 / Revised: 24 May 2021 / Accepted: 7 June 2021 / Published: 9 June 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Physical Chemistry Perspectives for the New Decade)
Net Zero has the aim of achieving equality between the amount of greenhouse gas emissions produced and the amount removed from the atmosphere. There is widespread acceptance that for Net Zero to be achievable, chemistry, and hence catalysis, must play a major role. Most current studies of catalysts and catalysis employ a combination of physical methods, imaging techniques and spectroscopy to provide insight into the catalyst structure and function. One of the methods used is neutron scattering and this is the focus of this Perspective. Here, we show how neutron methods are being used to study reactions and processes that are directly relevant to achieving Net Zero, such as methane reforming, Fischer–Tropsch synthesis, ammonia and methanol production and utilization, bio-mass upgrading, fuel cells and CO2 capture and exploitation. We conclude by describing some other areas that offer opportunities. View Full-Text
Keywords: catalysis; neutron scattering; Net Zero; methane reforming; Fischer–Tropsch synthesis; ammonia; methanol; biomass; fuel cells; CO2 capture catalysis; neutron scattering; Net Zero; methane reforming; Fischer–Tropsch synthesis; ammonia; methanol; biomass; fuel cells; CO2 capture
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Parker, S.F.; Lennon, D. Net Zero and Catalysis: How Neutrons Can Help. Physchem 2021, 1, 95-120. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/physchem1010007

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Parker SF, Lennon D. Net Zero and Catalysis: How Neutrons Can Help. Physchem. 2021; 1(1):95-120. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/physchem1010007

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Parker, Stewart F., and David Lennon. 2021. "Net Zero and Catalysis: How Neutrons Can Help" Physchem 1, no. 1: 95-120. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/physchem1010007

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