Department of Chemical Engineering

Contact details

Room: Wessex House 7.23
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 383329

PhD supervision

Interested in supervising students studying;

  • Catalysis in sustainable production of valuable chemicals and transportation fuels from renewable sources
  • Hydrocarbon reactions over acidic and bi-functional zeolite catalysts
  • Characterisation of active sites in solid catalysts using spectroscopic and kinetic techniques.

Dr Dmitry Lukyanov

MSc, PhD


Dr Dmitry Lukyanov studied for an MSc in Chemistry at Lomonosov Moscow State University and a PhD at the Karpov Institute of Physical Chemistry (Moscow).

Dmitry has visiting research fellowships at the University of Poitiers with Professor Michel Guisnet (1992-93), University of Pittsburgh with Professor Keith Hall (1994), University of Manchester with Professor John Dwyer (1995-1997), and EPSRC Advanced Research Fellowship at the Universities of Manchester and Bath (1998-2001).

He joined the University of Bath in March 2000.


Dmitry's research aims to:

  1. generate new insights into mechanisms of  heterogeneous catalytic reactions and 
  2. apply these insights for the design (engineering) of new catalysts and reactions, which could form a basis for the development of cleaner chemical technologies including conversion of biomass into transportation fuels and valuable chemicals.

This research combines thorough kinetic and IR spectroscopic studies with kinetic modelling of reactions.

During the last eight years, his research has been focused on reactions of light alkanes over bifunctional zeolite catalysts. The most interesting results include:

  • Development of original kinetic method for quantitative analysis of the acid sites in working catalysts (2006)
  • New insights into the effect of the zeolite structure on alkane aromatisation mechanisms (2006)
  • Demonstration of the feasibility of the environmentally benign process of ethylbenzene production via benzene alkylation with ethane (instead of ethene) using bifunctional zeolite catalysts (2008).

The concept of bifunctional catalysis was also applied to the activation of methane, and this research has led to the discovery of the selective alkylation of benzene with methane into toluene (2009) and, later on, to demonstration of the stable methane conversion into ethane over platinum supported. catalysts at moderate temperatures (2011).

Dmitry's current research is focused on investigation of the effects of the zeolite structure (micro-meso-porous materials) on the conversions of light alkanes and biomass in such valuable products as light alkenes and transportation fuels.


  • Chemical Engineering Principles (First year) 
  • Chemical Engineering Skills and Practice 1 (First year)
  • Engineering Chemistry (First year)
  • Environmental Management (Third year)
  • MEng Research Projects (Third year)
  • Advanced Materials And Porous Solids (Final year)
  • Process Reactor Design (Final year).



Foo, R., Vazhnova, T., Lukyanov, D. B., Millington, P., Collier, J., Rajaram, R. and Golunski, S., 2015. Formation of reactive Lewis acid sites on Fe/WO3–ZrO2 catalysts for higher temperature SCR applications. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 162, pp. 174-179.

Lukyanov, D. B., Vazhnova, T., Cherkasov, N., Casci, J. L. and Birtill, J. J., 2014. Insights into Brønsted acid sites in the zeolite mordenite. Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 118 (41), pp. 23918-23929.

Vazhnova, T. and Lukyanov, D. B., 2013. Fourier self-deconvolution of the IR spectra as a tool for investigation of distinct functional groups in porous materials:Brønsted acid sites in zeolites. Analytical Chemistry, 85 (23), pp. 11291-11296.

Vazhnova, T., Rigby, S. P. and Lukyanov, D. B., 2013. Benzene alkylation with ethane in ethylbenzene over a PtH-MFI catalyst:Kinetic and IR investigation of the catalyst deactivation. Journal of Catalysis, 301, pp. 125-133.

Wong, K. S., Vazhnova, T., Rigby, S. P. and Lukyanov, D. B., 2013. Temperature effects in benzene alkylation with ethane into ethylbenzene over a PtH-MFI bifunctional catalyst. Applied Catalysis A General, 454, pp. 137-144.

Lukyanov, D. B., Beckett, S. J. and Vazhnova, T., 2012. Toward better understanding of the catalytic action of acidic zeolites: investigation in methane and ethane activation and transformation. ACS Catalysis, 2 (12), pp. 2596-2601.

Kolaczkowski, S., Ye, S., Yap, Y., Robinson, K. and Lukyanov, D., 2012. Transient experiments on a full-scale DOC - methodology and techniques to support modelling. Catalysis Today, 188 (1), pp. 53-61.

Ye, S., Yap, Y. H., Kolaczkowski, S. T., Robinson, K. and Lukyanov, D., 2012. Catalyst ‘light-off’ experiments on a diesel oxidation catalyst connected to a diesel engine - methodology and techniques. Chemical Engineering Research & Design, 90 (6), pp. 834-845.

Lukyanov, D. B. and Vazhnova, T., 2011. Transformation of methane over platinum supported catalysts at moderate temperature. Journal of Molecular Catalysis A: Chemical, 342-343, pp. 1-5.

Chua, L. M., Vazhnova, T., Mays, T. J., Lukyanov, D. B. and Rigby, S. P., 2010. Deactivation of PtH-MFI bifunctional catalysts by coke formation during benzene alkylation with ethane. Journal of Catalysis, 271 (2), pp. 401-412.

Lukyanov, D. B. and Vazhnova, T., 2009. Selective and stable benzene alkylation with methane into toluene over PtH-MFI bifunctional catalyst. Journal of Molecular Catalysis A: Chemical, 305 (1-2), pp. 95-99.

Lukyanov, D. B. and Vazhnova, T., 2008. Highly selective and stable alkylation of benzene with ethane into ethylbenzene over bifunctional PtH-MFI catalysts. Journal of Molecular Catalysis A: Chemical, 279 (1), pp. 128-132.

Lukyanov, D. B. and Vazhnova, T., 2008. A kinetic study of benzene alkylation with ethane into ethylbenzene over bifunctional PtH-MFI catalyst. Journal of Catalysis, 257 (2), pp. 382-389.

Lukyanov, D. B. and Vazhnova, T., 2006. Active Sites in Working Bifunctional GaH-TON Aromatization Catalysts: Kinetic Evaluation. Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 110 (37), pp. 18473-18480.

Lukyanov, D. B. and Vazhnova, T., 2006. Aromatization activity of gallium containing MFI and TON zeolite catalysts in n-butane conversion: Effects of gallium and reaction conditions. Applied Catalysis A General, 316 (1), pp. 61-67.

Nguyen, L. H., Vazhnova, T., Kolaczkowski, S. T. and Lukyanov, D. B., 2006. Combined experimental and kinetic modelling studies of the pathways of propane and n-butane aromatization over H-ZSM-5 catalyst. Chemical Engineering Science, 61 (17), pp. 5881-5894.

Kagansky, A., Freeman, L., Lukyanov, D. and Strunnikov, A., 2004. Histone Tail-independent Chromatin Binding Activity of Recombinant Cohesin Holocomplex. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 279 (5), pp. 3382-3388.

Lukyanov, D. B. and Vazhnova, T., 2001. Dehydroisomerisation of n-butane into isobutene over Ga-containing zeolite catalysts. Special Publication - Royal Society of Chemistry, 266 (Supported Catalysts ), pp. 188-195.

Conference or Workshop Items

Perera, S., Chew, J., Alsharif, A. and Lukyanov, D., 2016. The influence of bore fluid concentration on porous structure in a 13X zeolite adsorbent hollow fibre for gas separation. In: Saudi conference 14-15th February 2016, Scientific Society for Saudi Arabia (organized by the University of Birmingham in the UK), 2016-02-14 - 2016-02-15, Saudi conference 14-15th February, 2016, Scientific Society for Saudi Arabia (organized by the University of Birmingham in the UK.

Alsharif, A., Chew, J., Lukyanov, D. and Perera, S., 2014. Multi-channel Adsorbent Hollow Fibres for Removal of VOCs.

Lukyanov, D. B., Nguyen, L. H., Vazhnova, T. and Kolaczkowski, S. T., 2005. Combined experimental and kinetic modelling studies of catalyst deactivation: propene and propane aromatisation over H-ZSM-5 catalyst. In: World Congress of Chemical Engineering, 7th, 2005-07-10 - 2005-07-14.

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