Computational Modelling and Design of Nanoporous Silica Materials
Porous silica materials have great potential in a variety of applications including drug delivery, catalysis and gas separation, but thus far the scale-up of their production is inhibited by a costly and unsustainable synthesis process. Bio-inspired synthesis pathways for porous silica offer a low-cost and environmentally friendly alternative however these routes are currently poorly understood. This project aims to use multi-scale computational modelling to better understand the synthesis of bio-inspired silica and predict ways in which these high-value materials can be made under scalable and sustainable conditions. This project is carried out in collaboration with experimental partners at the University of Sheffield.