Postgraduate research

Our research has been long established in the exciting area of Heterogeneous Catalysis and Surface Science.

We are working to address the big challenges now facing science, including:

  • the  provision of clean water by controlling  and destroying pollutants
  • protecting  the atmosphere
  • using  existing resources more efficiently
  • developing  low- and zero-carbon fuels
  • enabling  sustainable food production

We  work closely with industry to ensure that the catalytic solutions that we  discover or invent will be scaled-up and developed into commercial  technologies.

Apply for our PhD/MPhil course

This course will provide knowledge and expertise for a career in research and managerial roles in manufacturing industry (e.g. food, cosmetics, petrochemical etc), in academia, in the pharmaceuticals and fine chemical sectors, teaching, biomedical research fields.

Catalysis (PhD/MPhil) course details

Available research areas

  • Gold  catalysis
  • Environmental  catalysis
  • Photocatalysis
  • Biocatalysis
  • Electrocatalysis
  • Catalyst  discovery
  • Catalyst  synthesis
  • Catalytic  reaction mechanisms
  • Theory  and modelling

Learn more about the Catalysis PhD/MPhil course.


General enquiries about the courses above should be addressed to:

Dr Ben Ward

Dr Ben Ward

Senior Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry

+44 (0)29 2087 0302

For information on the Catalysis CDT please visit the CDT pages, or address your enquries to the Catalysis CDT manager:

Helen Whitfield

Helen Whitfield

Catalysis CDT Manager

+44 (0)29 2087 4791