Development of 3D-printed heterogeneous catalyst for biomass processing

Study level


Master of Philosophy

Topic status

We're looking for students to study this topic.


Professor William Doherty
Principal Research Fellow
Division / Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Dr Darryn Rackemann
Senior Research Fellow
Division / Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty


The current methods for the manufacture of structured catalysts are complex and expensive; simple methods to deposit a desired geometry of catalysts into engineered channels are crucial to cost reduction. The aim of this project is to develop new catalytic conversion technologies to hydrotreat bio-crudes derived from biomass.

Research activities

The 3D printing will be used for the precise engineering of catalytic structures allowing the catalyst to be shaped into the desired geometry. In addition to learning how to use 3D printing techniques, the candidate will learn innovative catalyst regeneration technologies such as plasma techniques.


Development of highly efficient catalyst for upgrading of biomass-derived bio-crude a nd learn about the various tools used to characterise catalysts e.g., XRD, TPD, SEM, TEM techniques.



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