Dr. Michael Forde

 Materials Chemistry



  • MChem (Edin) - 2008
  • Ph.D. (Cardiff) - 2012

Research Interest

My general research area lies at the frontier of heterogeneous catalysis and materials design, spanning selective oxidation and hydrogenation research employing precious and transition metal nanoparticles prepared by novel colloidal and vapour deposition methodologies and supported on metal oxides, micro/mesoporous materials and novel carbon supports.

Specifically, my work is focused on selective C-H bond activation in lower alkanes (methane, ethane) and catalytic transformation of "platform molecules" derived from waste agricultural and non-food biomass sources into fuels and valuable chemicals. Other areas of research include CO2 photo-activation and the development of metal-organic framework materials from porphyrin/phthalocyanine building blocks.


Email: michael.forde@sta.uwi.edu
Telephone: 1 (868) 662 2002; Ext. 83544
Fax: 1 (868) 645 3771

Selected Publications

  • M.H. Ab Rahim; R.D. Armstrong; C. Hammond; N. Dimitratos; S.J. Freakley; M.M. Forde; D.J. Morgan; G. Lalev; R.L. Jenkins; J. A. Lopez-Sanchez; S.H. Taylor; G.J. Hutchings Low temperature selective oxidation of methane to methanol using titania supported gold palladium copper catalysts Catalysis Science & Technology, 2016, 6, 3410-3418
  • R.D. Armstrong; S.J. Freakley; M.M Forde; V. Peneau; R.L. Jenkins; S.H. Taylor; J.A. Moulijn; D.J. Morgan; G.J. Hutchings Low temperature catalytic partial oxidation of ethane to oxygenates by Fe- and Cu-ZSM-5 in a continuous flow reactor Journal of Catalysis 2015, 330, 84-92.
  • V.Peneau; G. Shaw; S.J. Freakley; M.M. Forde; N. Dimitratos ; R.L. Jenkins; S.H. Taylor; G.J. Hutchings Co-​oxidation of octane and benzaldehyde using molecular oxygen with Au-​Pd​/carbon prepared by sol-​immobilisation Catalysis Science and Technology, 2015, 5, 3953-3959
  • R. Su;M.M. Forde; Q. He; Y. Shen; X. Wang; N. Dimitratos; S. Wendt; Y. Huang; B. Iversen; C.J. Kiely; F. Besenbacher; G.J. Hutchings Well-controlled metal co-catalysts synthesised by chemical vapour impregnation for photocatalytic hydrogen production and water purification Dalton Transactions 2014, 43 (40), 14976-14982
  • Forde, M.M.; Kesavan, L.; Bin Saiman, M.I.; He, Q.; Dimitratos, N.; Lopez-Sanchez, J.A.; Jenkins, R.L.; Taylor, S.H.; Kiely, C.J.; Hutchings, G. J. High Activity Redox Catalysts Synthesized by Chemical Vapor Impregnation, ACS Nano, 2014, 8, 957-969.
  •  Forde, M.M; Armstrong, R.D.; Hammond, C.; He, Q.;  Jenkins, R.L.;  Kondrat, S.A.; Dimitratos, N.; Lopez-Sanchez,  J.A.;  Taylor, S.H.; Willock, D.;  Kiely, C.J.;  Hutchings, G.J.  Partial Oxidation of Ethane to Oxygenates Using Fe- and Cu-Containing ZSM-5,  Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2013, 135, 11087–11099.
  • Ab Rahim, M.H.; Forde, M.M.;  Jenkins, R.L.;  Hammond, C.; He,Q.;  Dimitratos, N.; Lopez-Sanchez, J.A.;  Carley, A.F.;  Taylor, S.H.; Willock, D.J.;  Murphy, D.M.;  Kiely, C.J.; Hutchings, G.J. Oxidation of Methane to Methanol with Hydrogen Peroxide Using Supported Gold–Palladium Alloy Nanoparticles, Angewante Chemie International Edition, 2013, 52, 1280–1284.
  • Ab Rahim, M. H.; Forde, M. M.; Hammond, C.; Jenkins, R. L.; Dimitratos, N.; Lopez-Sanchez, J. A.; Carley, A. F.; Taylor, S. H.; Willock, D. J.; Hutchings, G. J. Systematic Study of the Oxidation of Methane Using Supported Gold Palladium Nanoparticles Under Mild Aqueous Conditions, Topics in Catalysis, 2013, 56, 1843-1857.
  • Hammond, C., Forde, M. M., Ab Rahim, M. H., Thetford, A., He, Q., Jenkins, R. L., Dimitratos, N., Lopez-Sanchez, J. A., Dummer, N. F., Murphy, D. M., Carley, A. F., Taylor, S. H., Willock, D. J., Stangland, E. E., Kang, J., Hagen, H., Kiely, C. J.; Hutchings, G. J. Direct Catalytic Conversion of Methane to Methanol in an Aqueous Medium by using Copper-Promoted Fe-ZSM-5  Angewante Chemie International Edition, 2012, 51, 5129–5133.
  • Bin Saiman, M. I.; Brett, G. L.; Tiruvalam, R.; Forde, M. M.; Sharples, K.; Thetford, A.; Jenkins, R. L.; Dimitratos, N.; Lopez-Sanchez, J. A.; Murphy, D. M.;  Bethell, D.; Willock, D. J.; Taylor, S. H.; Knight, D. W.; Kiely, C. J.; Hutchings, G. J.  Involvement of Surface-Bound Radicals in the Oxidation of Toluene Using Supported Au-Pd Nanoparticles, Angewante Chemie Internation Edition, 2012, 51, 5981–5985.
  • Forde, M.M.;  Grazia, B.C.; Armstrong, R.; Jenkins, R.L.; Ab Rahim, M.H.; Carley, A.F.;  Dimitratos,N.;  Lopez-Sanchez, J.A.; Taylor, S.H.;  McKeown, N.B.;  Hutchings, G.J. Methane oxidation using silica-supported N-bridged di-iron phthalocyanine catalyst,  Journal of Catalysis, 2012, 290, 177-185.