News related to the Research Institute from 2010:
Work on room-temperature cleavage of the CO bond in carbon monoxide has been highlighted in Chemistry World (Jan 2011, page 26). The work, published in PCCP, shows that gold supported on iron oxide can be effective for the dissociation of the C-O bond in carbon monoxide as a minor pathway in the oxidation of CO to CO2.
Professor Graham Hutchings FRS, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research has become a member of Academia Europaea (The Academy of Europe), an international association of experts from all disciplines who are leaders in their own subject areas.
Although the Cardiff Catalysis Institute (CCI) has been existence for over a year, we thought it was worth waiting until Professor Robert Grubbs – the 2005 Nobel Prize Winner in Chemistry – was in Wales before holding the official opening.
A new combustion technology that could allow vehicles to become more efficient and less polluting is being explored by the Cardiff Catalysis Institute.
CCI Members Prof Mike Bowker & Dr Phil Davies are part of a team spearheaded by Prof Parkes (Head of Cardiff Universitys Earth and Ocean Sciences) that have been awarded a grant of £650k to investigate the generation of hydrogen by microorganisms that are present under the Earths surface at depths of up to ~3 km.
Researchers within the Cardiff Catalysis Institute of the School of Chemistry will be working with the newly announced HPC for Wales facility to improve our understanding of the atomic scale processes responsible for catalytic activity.
Professor Graham Hutchings has been appointed as the new chair of the UK's Science Community Representing Education (SCORE), a partnership of organisations that aims to provide a coherent voice for the science education community on the long-term issues in science education.
The CCI has been selected to be one of the founding academic centres in a new industrially-focused research programme. Provisionally named Bauhaus, the programme will explore new catalytic technologies for Johnson Matthey, the catalyst and speciality chemicals company. The CCI will be joined by the Birmingham Vehicle Technology Centre, and by research groups from the Cambridge Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology and the Oxford Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory.