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Cardiff Catalysis Institute

31 October 2008

Introduction

An electron microscope image of a mixed Au/Pd metal particle on an oxide support, from an active catalyst.

Cardiff University has established the Cardiff Catalysis Institute (CCI) within the School of Chemistry. This new initiative has been supported directly by the University with financial support of over £2.3M. The aim is to establish a centre of excellence for catalysis within the UK that builds upon the current strengths in research at Cardiff. Chemistry at Cardiff already has excellence in heterogeneous catalysis, homogeneous catalysis and biocatalysis and the aim is to bring these together within a single institute so that they can grow and provide the focal point for interdisciplinary interactions within Cardiff and externally with academia and industry.

Structure, infrastructure and aims of CCI

The School of Chemistry has set up its research activities into six main themes or groups Chemical Biology; Heterogeneous Catalysis and Surface Science; Metals In Synthesis; Organic Synthesis [including Physical Organic Chemistry (POC)]; Solid State and Materials Chemistry; Theoretical and Computational Chemistry.  The Cardiff Catalysis Institute will involve staff from all six groups. Heterogenous catalysis is closely allied to surface science and solid state chemistry and hence will include and impact on academics working in these areas.  There is also a need for synthetic chemists and the heterogeneous catalysis group are currently collaborating with staff from Organic Synthesis.  Homogeneous catalysis is heavily reliant on organic and metal-organic synthesis.  All areas of catalysis currently collaborate closely with staff in the Computational Chemistry Group, and are also dependent on physical studies such as kinetics and mechanistic investigations, which pull in the staff in the recently established Physical Organic Chemistry Centre. 

CCI Image

The overall aim will be to establish a centre of excellence in catalysis at Cardiff building on the large number of strengths existing in catalysis, theoretical science and surface science.