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Peter Mäkie

Research interests

  • Heterogeneous catalysis of methanol from hydrogen and carbon dioxide at the gas-solid interface as a function of pressure, temperature, gasphase composition and powdered catalyst materials. Catalysts can be divided into
    -Mesoporous materials (SBA-15) functionalized with Zr and Cu
    -Nanomaterials composed of Zr + Cu, yttrium stabilized zirconium (YSZ) + Cu, nanorods of ZnO + Cu
  • In situ FTIR (or more precisely in situ Diffuse Reflectance Infrared Fourier Transform Spectroscopy-DRIFTS) studies of the coordination and reactions of CO2   and H2 at the catalysts during the methanol pathway. This will provide time resolved information about the types and concentrations of surface/interfacial reaction intermediates as function of catalyst compositions and experimental parameters. By extraction of interfacial reaction kinetics, rate constants and rate-limiting steps can be evaluated and hopefully optimal conditions for efficient methanol synthesis during an environmental sustainable route.
  • Construction of a gas delivery system for H2 and CO2   (manageable of high pressure) connected to a DRIFTS reaction cell situated in a FTIR-spectrometer.
  • Catalyst characterization by Raman micro-spectroscopy. Other characterization techniques that will be used include XRD, SEM, TEM, chemi- and physisorption.
  • Synthesis of catalysts with aid of hydrothermal synthesis.  

Research program


A complete list of my publications and conference contributions can be found here.

  • 2013 - Now Postdoctoral position at Nanostructured Materials (NanoCat), IFM, Linköping University.
  • 2007 - 2012 PhD in Chemistry at the Department of Chemistry, Umeå University, and at the Swedish Defense Research Agency (FOI), Umeå, Sweden.
    Thesis: Surface Reactions of Organophosphorus Compunds on Iron Oxides.

    • In situ DRIFTS studies of reactions of organophosporus compounds at the gas-solid interfaces of iron oxide nanoparticles as a function of type of organophosphate and iron oxide, humidity and solar light irradiation (photocatalysis).
    • Characterization of the nanoparticles with aid of SEM, TEM, XRD, XPS, BET/BJH, UV-vis and Raman.
  • 2006 Master of Science in Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Gothenburg University, Sweden.
    Thesis: Comparison of oxidized and reduced plastocyanin: sequence, structure and dynamics.


Papers in peer reviewed journals

Conference contributions

  • EMEC 11 – The 11th European Meeting on Environmental Chemistry, Portoroz, Slovenia, 2010. Oral presentation
  • Goldschmidth, Prague, Czech Republic, 2011. Oral presentation

Peter Mäkie
Title: Assistant Professor
Institution: IFM

Email:   petma@ifm.liu.se
Phone:  +46 (0)73 913 91 50
Office:   M407, Fysikhuset

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Last updated: 02/24/14