Member of various committees within College of Science and the University, including, Deans’ Council, Academic Council and Management Committee.
Surface Chemistry, Adsorption and Catalysis. Recently, concentration on aspects of catalysis related to energy and environment: catalytic chemistry of methane, functionalisation of alkanes, membrane catalysis, de-NOx, diesel exhaust treatment, VOC control, biomass gasification, etc.; relationship between preparation and pretreatment of catalysts and the resultant properties, in particular of catalysts for use in existing or potential industrial processes; development of new process concepts involving catalysis. Fundamental studies of catalysis using techniques such as mass-spectrometry and FTIR.
Prof. Ross is author of more than 120 published papers, 4 review articles, 4 patents and 1 patent application. He is joint editor of four conference proceedings volumes. He has supervised 37 completed PhD degrees. Since coming to Limerick in 1991, he has supervised 8 completed PhD's and 3 MSc’s, as well as 6 completed PhD’s at the University of Twente ad a jointly supervised PhD at the University of Strasbourg. There have been 8 post-doctoral workers in the group during the last 7 years as well as a number of long-term guest scientists from The Netherlands, France and Sweden. The group currently comprises of 6 research students and 3 post-doctoral workers.
Supervisor of 42 completed PhD degrees. Since coming to Limerick in 1991, supervision of 7 completed PhD’s and 2 MSc’s, as well as of 6 completed PhD’s at the University of Twente and a jointly supervised PhD at the University of Strasbourg (not counted above). There have been 8 post-doctoral workers in the group during the last 7 years as well as a number of long-term guest scientists (> 4 months) from The Netherlands, France and Sweden. The group currently comprises of 5 research students and 3 post-doctoral workers.
Partner in three major research grants for EC in BRITE-EURAM and Environment Programmes.
BRITE-EURAM Thematic Network (‘RUCADI) - co-ordinator of a sub-programme on CO2 conversion.
Collaboration with Moscow and Novosibirsk through EU INTAS Programme
EOLAS Basic research grant 1997-2000
Current research funding from Asahai Kesei, Japan and KTI, The Netherlands
Previous Industrial Sponsorship include the following:
TRW Inc. (Calif., USA); Laporte Industries Ltd.; British Gas; Pilkington Bros.; British Petroleum; Imperial Chemical Industries; International Wool Secretariat; Pickford Holland (now Dycat International); Methanol Chemie Nederland (Akzo/DSM); Shell Chemie Nederland; Konlikje/Shell Laboratories; Johnson-Matthey Ltd.; Magnesium Elektron (Alcan); KEMA (Dutch Electricity Laboratories); ECN (Energy Centrum Nederland); Akzo Zout Chemie (Salt and General Chemicals Division); NOVEM (Dutch organisation sponsoring energy research); DuPont; ENI Richerche, Milan; Rescon BV and Inodes BV., The Netherlands; Teknicat Ltd., Ireland.
Mentoring of Post-Doctoral Researchers
Dr. Erzeng Xue, funded by EC-JOULE Programme, 1993-1996,137,000 ECU, three- year position, worked on "An attractive option for CO2 control in IGCC Systems"
Dr. Frederick Meunier, funded by EU-Human Capital & Mobility Programme, 1993-1996, 50,000ECU, worked on "Catalytic functionalisation of lower alkanes"
Dr. Robert Ukropec, funded by EU-Environment & climate Programme, 1994-1997, 318,000 ECU, worked on "Novel catalytic processes for the removal of nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds from stationary sources"
Dr Frederic Meunier, funded by EU-Human Capital & Mobility Programme, 1994-1997, 150,000ECU, worked on "Catalytic functionalisation of lower alkanes"
Dr. Eamonn F Murphy, funded by Training & Mobility of Researchers Programme (Return Fellowship), 1996-1997, 45,288 ECU, worked on "The investigation of the nature of active sites on Titania supported molybdenum oxide catalysts for oxidative dehydrogenation of propane to propylene"
Dr. Aidan Sexton, funded by EU-JOULE III Programme, 1996-1998, 130,000 ECU, worked on "The development of inorganic membrane reactors for selective oxidation of light alkanes"
Dr. Erzeng Xue, funded by EU-BRITE-EURAM Programme, 1996-1998, 150,000 ECU, worked on "The development of inorganic membrane reactors for selective oxidation of hydrocarbons to oxygenates, in particular n-Butane to maleic anhydride"
Dr. Azra Yasmeen, funded by EU-INTAS Programme, 1996-1997, 5,00 ECU, worked on "Small alkanes activation on solid acids at moderate temperatures"
Dr. Jean-Francois Moisan, funded by Kvaerner Process Technology, UK, 1997-1998, 37,000 ECU, worked on "Novel oxidation technology"
Dr Gavin D’Arcy (jointly), funded by CDEM Holland V.V., 1997-1999, DFL200,000, worked on "The process for the conversion of paper residues into a mineral produce"
Dr. Frederick Meunier, funded by EU BRITE-EUMAM Programme, 1998-1999, 164,000 ECU, worked on "Developmkent of new sulphur resistant storage-reduction catalytic devices for emissions from engines with lower fuel consumption"
PhD Thesis by Fionnuala Ward, "Oxidation of Alkanes", Completion 2000- 2003
PhD Thesis by Patricia Clancy, "Catalysts for Methanol Reforming", Completion 2000- 2003
PhD Thesis by Damien Tracy, "New Catalysts Formulation for CO2", Completion 2000- 2003
PhD Thesis by Yanmei Ma, "DeNOx Catalysis for Fluid Catalytic Cracking Plants", Completion 2000- 2003
PhD thesis by Giacomo Grasso, "Selective Oxidation of Hydrocarbons over Normal Catalysts", Completion 2000-2003