Stuart Holmes

Stuart Holmes, Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC); Chartered Chemist (CChem); Chartered Scientist (CSci); Member of the Institution of Chemical Engineering (MIChemE); Chartered Engineer (CEng)


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Stuart Holmes is a Professor in the School of Chemical Engineering. He is a Chemist by first degree and did his PhD with Prof. John Dwyer, one of the founding fathers of zeolite chemistry. He was manager of the UMIST Centre for Microporous Materials prior to joining the department in 2000.


BSc (Hons), PhD

Research interests

My research is devoted to developing novel nano-structures and exploring their applications in a range of processes, most recently as catalysts and current carriers in Fuel Cell systems. Nano-technology is considered to be a new and exciting field; however, inorganic and zeolite chemists have been synthesising and exploiting structures with nanometer scale architecture for several decades. Coming from a zeolite background which has had an active research effort for many years, my research direction has been to diversify into the use of nano-structures in a range of industrial and power applications. Producing high surface area carbons which contain catalyst centres is vital to Fuel Cell and REDOX flow battery technologies and these highly innovative structures have recently been developed within my research group.The major focus of my research is to apply intelligent design to the structures used in electrochemical (and other) systems. An example is the use of materials from Hydrogen Fuel Cells in Direct Methanol Fuel Cell systems. These materials are soluble in Methanol and not optimised for the system but are still used. By modelling the membrane structures we can design the ideal membrane and nano-engineer the target structure, one such structure is currently being patented. As my work involves both the design and applications of materials it is necessary that I collaborate closely with industrialists and academics which can be seen from my publication record and grant applications.I currently supervise a research group of six PhD students and two Post Doctoral Researchers. I have ~60 refereed publications.

My group


Reserch Projects include:

The Electrodeposition of Microporous and Mesoporous Platinum Structures for Fuel Cell Applications

Synthesis of Novel Regularly Ordered Mesoporous Carbons, Containing Structurally Integrated Metal Catalysts

Novel Catalysts for Direct Methanol Fuel Cells

Optimisation of Direct Methanol Fuel Cell Systems

Novel Ion Exchange Materials Based on Diatomaceous Earth

Membrane Electrode Assembly structures for Direct Methanol Fuel Cells

Optimisation of Zeolite Catalyst Systems for Reactive Distillation

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Dalton Nuclear Institute


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