Modelling catalysis in the nanoreactor




North Zealand

Background: Establishing a correlation between the atomic structure and activity of nanoparticles is a the heart of catalysis research. We have recently developed a novel micro-electro-mechanical system device – the so-called nanoreactor - that allows atomic-resolution electronmicroscopy of catalysts at ambient pressure level to be combined with simultaneous activity measurements. The nanoreactor represents a true paradigm shift in the research of catalytic reactions. However, in order to interpret data unambiguously, a detailed description of the reactivity as well as mass and heat flow have to be established.The Project:This master project focusses on establishing a model of the nanoreactor within the OpenFoam software (available at Topsøe) and to benchmark simulations of the CO oxidation reaction with experimental data. Your Topsøe supervisor: Hanne Falsig & Stig Helveg_x000D_ Phone: +45 2275 4015

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Haldor Topsøe A/S

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Ib Chorkendorff




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MSc in Physics and Nanotechnology


Ib Chorkendorff


MSc thesis

Technical University of Denmark

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