Name: Sarwat Iqbal
Working on NOVACAM project: Research Associate
Project leader: Prof. Dr. Graham J. Hutchings
I joined Cardiff Catalysis Institute as a Research Associate in 2012. In my current role I am working on a number of projects including Fischer Tropsch synthesis, NOVACAM, CRISP, and catalytic conversion of various bio-renewable molecules.
Prior to this I worked as a Project leader in Avantium Technologies, Netherlands (2010-2012), where I worked on chemistry of carbohydrate derived molecules.
From 2009-2010 I undertook post-doctoral research in Cardiff Catalysis Institute working on few projects including Fischer Tropsch synthesis, carbon monoxide oxidation, and aromatization. I also did my PhD in same institute (2006-2009) under the supervision of Prof. Graham Hutchings (Investigation of Fischer-Tropsch reaction for the synthesis of hydrocarbons and alcohols).
Describe the project shortly in your own words?
Within NOVACAM, we are developing the fundamental catalytic reactions required for the processing of biomass into useful chemicals and fuels. The main aim is to get catalytic activity for the conversion of biorenewable molecules using abundant metals.
What is the biggest challenge for you, or what fascinates you the most in this research project?
We need to develop a process with low cost from feedstock up to final application. This challenge fascinates me and keeps me going.
What is your future career ambition?
I would like to become an innovative scientist who can motivate others.
How do you like to spend your time when not working on your research?
I like reading autobiographies, watching movies, and walking on long tracks.