Peter McNeice

Peter McNeice

Postdoctoral researcher
University of Groningen

Peter McNeice


Stratingh Institute

Contact information

Linnauesborg – 5172.0935

Email address

Key expertises

Homogeneous catalysis, heterogeneous catalysis, gels, ionic liquids, cellulose chemistry

About me

I completed my masters degree at Queen's University Belfast (QUB), during which I conducted a research project under Dr Patricia Marr on low molecular weight ionic liquid gels. I stayed at QUB, joining the Queen's University Ionic Liquids Laboratories (QUILL) for a PhD on the development of base stable and basic ionic liquids for catalysis, supervised by Drs Andrew and Patricia Marr, and Prof. Kenneth Seddon. I then conducted a post-doc with Prof. Matthias Beller at LIKAT (Rostock, Germany) where I developed nanoparticle catalysts for alkyne semi-hydrogenation.

About my research

I am working with Nouryon in order to develop analogues of cellulose which are water soluble. I use my previous experience of ionic liquids to help solubilize the cellulose and facilitate transformations. Through modifications of the alcohol groups on cellulose I disrupt the hydrogen bonding structure which allows the cellulose to dissolve in water.