Dr Lee Durndell

Dr Lee Durndell

Lecturer in Chemistry

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences (Faculty of Science and Engineering)


  • Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry 
       Teaching on the following modules:
    • CHM1014 - Solving Chemical Problems 
    • CHM1015 - Organic and Inorganic Chemistry 2
    • CHM2011 - Inorganic Chemistry
    • CHM2016 - Research Skills
    • CHM3014 - Advanced Inorganic Chemistry


  • 2015 - PhD in Surface Science and Heterogeneous Catalysis from Cardiff/Aston University - “An investigationinto support effects on the Pt-catalysed selective transformation of α,β-unsaturated substrates.” 
  • 2011 - MChem in Chemistry with Industrial experience, Cardiff University

Professional membership

Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Member of the Society of Chemical Industry

Roles on external bodies

Secretary for the Royal Society of Chemistry Analytical Division (Southwest Region)

Research interests

  • Functionalisation of heirarchical nanomaterials
  • Continuous flow chemistry
  • Sustainable chemistry
  • Selective transformation of biomass-derived substrates
  • Selective hydrogenation and oxidation processes
  • Fabrication of structured metal nanoparticles

Tunable Pt nanocatalysts for the aerobic selox of cinnamyl alcohol , L. J. Durndell, C. M. A. Parlett, N. S. Hondow, K. Wilsonand A. F. Lee, Nanoscale, 2013.  

Alumina-grafted SBA-15 as a high performance support for Pd-catalysed cinnamyl alcohol selective oxidation , C. M. A. Parlett, L. J. Durndell,A. Machado, G. Cibin, D. W. Bruce, N. S. Hondow, K. Wilson and A. F. Lee, Catalysis Today, 2014. 

Selective oxidation of allylic alcohols over highly ordered Pd/meso-Al2O3 catalysts , C. M. A. Parlett, L. J. Durndell,K. Wilson, D. W. Bruce, N. S. Hondow and A. F. Lee, Catalysis Communications, 2014. 

Selectivity control in Pt-catalyzed cinnamaldehyde hydrogenation , L. J. Durndell, C. M. A. Parlett, N. S. Hondow, M. Isaacs,K. Wilson and A. F. Lee, ScientificReports, 2015.

Selective Palladium-Catalysed Aerobic Oxidation of Alcohols (Book chapter), L. J. Durndell, A. F. Lee, D. S. Bailie and M. J.Muldoon, in Transition Metal Catalysis inAerobic Alcohol Oxidation, The Royal Society of Chemistry, 2015, pp.92-132.

Platinum-catalysed cinnamaldehyde hydrogenation in continuous flow , L. J. Durndell, K. Wilson and A. F. Lee, RSC Advances, 2015. 

Photodeposition as a facile route to tunable Pt photocatalysts for hydrogen production: On the role of methanol , Z. Jiang, Z. Zhang, L. J. Durndelland A. F. Lee, Catal. Sci. Technol., 2016.

Highly selective hydrogenation of furfural over supported Pt nanoparticles under mild conditions , M. J. Taylor, L. J. Durndell, M. Isaacs, K. Wilson, A. F.Lee & G. Kyriakou, Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 2016. 

Niobic acid nanoparticle catalysts for the aqueous phase transformation of glucose and fructose to 5-hydroxymethylfufural , M. Reche, A. Osatiashtiani, L. J.Durndell, K. Wilson and A. F. Lee, Catal.Sci. Technol., 2016. 

Pt catalyzed aqueous-phase hydrogenation of D-glucose to D-sorbitol , X. Zhang, L. J. Durndell, M. Isaacs, A. F. Lee and K.Wilson, ACS Catalysis, 2016. 

A new application for transition metal chalcogenides: WS2 catalysed esterification of carboxylicacids , V. C. dos Santos, L. J.Durndell, K. Wilson and A. F. Lee, CatalysisCommunations, 2016. 

Influence of alkyl chain length on sulfated zirconia catalysed batch and continuous esterification of carboxylicacids by light alcohols , A. Osatiashtiani, L.J. Durndell, J. C. Manayil, A. F. Lee and K. Wilson, Green Chemistry, 2016. 

Acetic Acid Ketonization over Fe3O4/SiO2 for Pyrolysis Bio-Oil Upgrading , J. A. Bennett, L. J. Durndell, M. Isaacs, A. F. Lee and K.Wilson, ChemCatChem, 2016.

Tailored mesoporous silica supports for Ni catalysed hydrogen production from ethanol steam reforming , C. M. Parlett, A. Aydin, L.Frattini, L. J. Durndell, M. Isaacs, A. F. Lee, K. Wilson and C. Wu, Catalysis Communications, 2017.

Tunable Ag@SiO2 core-shell nanocomposites for broad spectrum antibacterial applications , M. Isaacs, L. J. Durndell, A.Hilton, L. Olivi,  K.Wilson and A. F.Lee, RSC Advances, 2017. 

P25@CoAl layered double hydroxide heterojunction nanocomposites for CO2 photocatalytic reduction , S. Kumar, L. J. Durndell, K. Wilsonet al, Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 2017. 

Delaminated CoAl-Layered Double Hydroxide@TiO2 Heterojunction Nanocomposites for PhotocatalyticReduction of CO2 , S. Kumar, L. J. Durndell, J. C. Manayil, M. A. Isaacs,S. Karthikeyan, K. Wilson and A. F. Lee, Particle& Particle Systems Characterization, 2017. 

Understanding the role of oxide versus metal in Pt-catalysed aerobic allylic aldehyde oxidation , L. J. Durndell, C. Cuzzella, C. M.A. Parlett,  K.Wilson and A. F. Lee, Catalysis Today, 2018

Impact of Macroporosity on Catalytic Upgrading of Fast Pyrolysis Bio-Oil by Esterification over SilicaSulfonic Acids , J.C. Manayil, A. Osatiashtiani, L. J. Durndell, M. A. Isaacs, E. Heracleous, K.Wilson and A. F. Lee et al, ChemSusChem, 2017. 


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