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Nobel Laureate Opens Cardiff Catalysis Institute

21 October 2010

The Cardiff Catalysis Institute (CCI) has been formally opened by Professor Robert Grubbs, the 2005 Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry.

The Cardiff Catalysis Institute (CCI) has been formally opened by Professor Robert Grubbs, the 2005 Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry.  In an opening address to an audience of 300 on Wednesday 13th October, Professor Grubbs described how the space race had inspired him and his generation of scientists.  Today, green technology provides the inspiration for future generations of scientists and engineers.

The CCI Director, Professor Graham Hutchings FRS, outlined the short history of the CCI.  Founded with an investment of £2.3 million from Cardiff University, and embedded in the School of Chemistry, the first 18 months have seen refurbishment of laboratories, introduction of an MSc Catalysis course, and the recruitment of new staff.  Following this period of growth and consolidation, the CCI is ideally positioned to make an impact across a broad spectrum of catalysis.

The Opening events continued the following day, which was devoted to the CCI industrial partners, who include producers of chemicals and catalysts, oil companies and a car manufacturer.