Professor Ken Waugh.

Department of Chemistry
UMIST

Background:

Prior to joining UMIST in 1992, I was a Company Research Associate in Corporate Research in ICI. My area of expertise is heterogeneous catalysis. I started working on the kinetics and mechanism of the production of the CFC’s, A114, A114a, A115 in 1971. This project experimentally employed a purpose built gas solid reactor using HF and Cr2O3 as the catalyst. The reaction was analysed theoretically using microkinetic analysis. In 1988 I started research into the manufacture of the fluorocarbon 134a and was part of the team which developed the catalyst now operating worldwide.

Since joining UMIST, I have studied the detailed kinetics and mechanism of the reaction of CCl4 and CCl3F over a prefluorided chromia. These are used as model systems for more complicated reactions.

Research Interests:
Determination of the detailed kinetics and mechanisms of heterogeneously catalysed chloro/fluoro exchange reactions. [1,2]

References:
1. Determination of Surface Heteroenergeneity in Catalysts by Gas Adsorption Chromatography. Adsorption of Hydrogen Fluoride on Chronic Fluoride, K C Waugh. J. Chromatogr. 155. (1978) 83-95.
2. Kinetic and Mechanistic Study of CCl4 with prefluorided chromia to CCl3F and CCl2F2. A Farrokhnia, B Sakakini and K C Waugh. J Catal 174, (1998) 219-230.

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