BSc in Chemistry (2000), University of Hull, United Kingdom, First Class Honours Degree.
PhD in Physical Chemistry (2004), University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.
My research focuses on understanding and exploiting surface phenomena with respect to surface reactivity, heterogeneous catalysis, self-assembled systems. Experiments are performed at the gas/solid and liquid/solid interface in a wide range of experimental conditions ranging from ultra-high vacuum to 100 bar pressure. Much effort has been dedicated in improving catalytic performance by synthesizing novel nanocatalysts intended for use in the research laboratory and in industry.
Research areas include:
Bimetallic and alloy surfaces
Self assembled systems
Comprehensive Experimental and Theoretical Study of the CO + NO Reaction Catalyzed by Au/Ni Nanoparticles
G. Kyriakou, A. M. Márquez, J. P. Holgado, M. J. Taylor, A. E.H. Wheatley, J. P Mehta, J. Fernández Sanz, S. K. Beaumont, R. M. Lambert ACS Catalysis2019, 9, 4919–4929
Catalytic Hydrogenation and Hydrodeoxygenation of Furfural Over Pt(111); a Model System for the Rational Design and Operation of Practical Biomass Conversion Catalysts
M. J. Taylor , L. Jiang, J. Reichert, A. C. Papageorgiou , S. K. Beaumont, K. Wilson, A. F. Lee, J. V. Barth, and G. Kyriakou Journal of Physical Chemistry C2017, 121, 8490–8497
Highly selective hydrogenation of furfural over supported Pt nanoparticles under mild conditions
M. J. Taylor, L. J. Durndell, M. A. Isaacs, C. M.A. Parlett, K. Wilson, A. F. Lee, G. Kyriakou Applied Catalysis B: Environmental2016, 180, 580-585
Significant Quantum Effects in Hydrogen Activation.
Georgios Kyriakou, Erlend R. M. Davidson, Guowen Peng, Luke T. Roling, Suyash Singh, Matthew B. Boucher, Matthew D. Marcinkowski, Manos Mavrikakis, Angelos Michaelides, E. Charles H. Sykes ACS Nano2014, 8, 4827-2835
Molecular-Scale Surface Chemistry of a Common Metal Nanoparticle Capping Agent: Triphenylphosphine on Au(111)
A. D. Jewell, E. C. H. Sykes, and G. Kyriakou ACS Nano2012, 6, 3545-3552
Isolated Metal Atom Geometries as a Strategy for Selective Heterogeneou Hydrogenations
G. Kyriakou, M. B. Boucher, A. D. Jewell, E. A. Lewis, T. J. Lawton, A. E. Baber, H. L. Tierney, M. Flytzani-Stephanopoulos, E. C. H. Sykes Science2012, 335, 1209-1212
Identity of the Active Site in Gold Nanoparticle-Catalyzed Sonogashira Coupling of Phenylacetylene and Iodobenzene
S. K. Beaumont, G. Kyriakou, R. M. Lambert Journal of the American Chemical Society2010, 132, 12246-12248