Research on ionic liquid-based applications for inorganic synthesis, energy storage and sustainable metal separations

Energy Storage - Battery Research

New battery chemistries and electrolytes for redox flow batteries and EV batteries


Chemistry of lanthanides and actinides, synthesis, luminescence and rare earth separation

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Welcome to the Peter Nockemann Research Group at Queen's University Belfast. Pioneering the Future of Ionic Liquids, Energy Storage, and Sustainable Metal Separation.


Ionic Liquid Research

New Pathways to Advanced Functional Materials and Nanomaterials.

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Energy Storage

New battery chemistries and electrolytes for improved energy storage

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Rare Earth Metals

Developing More Sustainable Separation Processes for Recycling and Urban Mining.

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From the Blog

  • Green Route to an Efficient Catalyst by Recycling of Aluminium Foil Waste

    Our collaborative work with Ahmed Osman and publication in Nature Scientific Reports on A Facile Green Synthetic Route for the Preparation of Highly Active γ-Al2O3 from Aluminum Foil Waste received huge media attention. We describe how dirty aluminium foil can be recycled efficiently into an active alumina catalyst that is more […]

  • The more you sweat, the better you smell

    Pro-fragrant ionic liquids with stable hemiacetal motifs: water-triggered release of fragrances, H.Q. Nimal Gunaratne, P. Nockemann, K.R. Seddon, Chem. Commun. 2015,51, 4455-4457, DOI: 10.1039/C5CC00099H. The research on fragrance delivery has received huge media attention recently – the paper has been highlighted e.g. on the BBC main website, Chemistry World, The […]

  • Mercury removal from natural gas using ionic liquids

    An ionic liquid process for mercury removal from natural gas, Mahpuzah Abai, Martin P. Atkins, Amiruddin Hassan, John D. Holbrey, Yongcheun Kuah, Peter Nockemann, Alexander A. Oliferenko, Natalia V. Plechkova, Syamzari Rafeen, Adam A. Rahman, Rafin Ramli, Shahidah M. Shariff, Kenneth R. Seddon, Geetha Srinivasan and Yiran Zou, Dalton Trans., […]

  • Featured research on nanofluids

    Facile in situ synthesis of nanofluids based on ionic liquids and copper oxide clusters and nanoparticles, Małgorzata Swadźba-Kwaśny, Léa Chancelier, Shieling Ng, Haresh G. Manyar, Christopher Hardacre and Peter Nockemann, Dalton Trans., 2012, DOI: 10.1039/C1DT11578B, was identified as HOT article in Dalton Trans. in Nov 2011 and featured in the RSC blog.