Catalysis & Interfacial Science

The Catalysis and Interfacial Science Section focuses on cutting edge topics, that are both of fundamental academic importance and of relevance and significance to the modern world. We have a strong focus on heterogeneous catalysis and we also have breadth, studying homogeneous and enzymatic catalysis. Catalysis is a key enabling technology that impacts widely on all of our lives at many levels. Enhancing our fundamental understanding of catalysis and processes at surfaces allows us to control and improve many essential chemical reactions. The research activities are supported by extensive state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, with expansive worlewide collaborations with industry, research institutes and other universities. Fully embedded in the School, the Cardiff Catalysis Institute is recognised internationally as a centre of excellence for catalysis research and it is one of a number of University Research Institutes.

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The School is particularly well recognised for heterogeneous catalysis research together with a significant presence in nano and interfacial science. The group is internationally recognised for its leading work in these areas. The research covers the synthesis and properties of high surface area, powdered materials, which is of direct industrial relevance, to more fundamental work on surface structure, and the fabrication and imaging of ultra-nanoparticles. The grouping's work is instrumental in solvibng challenges in key areas, such as energy, carbon capture, sustainable manufacturing and the environment.

  • Pioneering studies on heterogeneous gold and other metal nanoparticulate catalysts. Probing their interaction with solid supports, and their suitability for a wide range of important reactions for industry and the environment.
  • Synthesis of new types of catalysts for environmental protection and pollutant abatement for mobile vehicle and stationary applications.
  • Use of sunlight for clean fuel (hydrogen) production and carbon dioxide conversion.
  • New catalysts for transformation of bio-derived sustainable molecules.
  • Novel clean routes to oxygenated organic molecules by selective oxidation.
  • In situ studies of catalysts.
  • Atomic resolution imaging of the structure of nanoparticles and surfaces.
  • Controlled preparation of catalytic nanoparticles and understanding their interaction with surfaces.
  • Novel and sustainable strategies for catalyst synthesis.
  • Molecular modelling studies to understand catalytic mechanisms

We also have significant research into enzymatic and homogeneous catalysis, and more details can be found at the Biological Chemistry and Molecular Synthesis group pages.

Find out more details of group members specific research interests by looking at their individual profiles under the  people tab.

Group Leader

Prof Stan Golunski

Professor Stan Golunski

Professor of Catalysis and Deputy Director of the Cardiff Catalysis Institute

Email:
golunskise@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 0826

Academic staff

Dr Jonathan Bartley

Dr Jonathan Bartley

Senior Lecturer in Physical Chemistry

Email:
bartleyjk@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 0745
Prof Mike Bowker

Professor Mike Bowker

Professor of Surface Science and Deputy Director of the Cardiff Catalysis Institute

Email:
bowkerm@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 0120
Dr Albert Carley

Dr Albert Carley

Senior Research Fellow

Email:
carley@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 4139
Richard Catlow

Professor Richard Catlow

Professor of Catalytic and Computational Chemistry

Email:
catlowr@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0) 29 2087 4069
Dr Philip Davies

Professor Philip Davies

Professor of Physical Chemistry

Email:
daviespr@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 4072
Dr Nikolaos Dimitratos

Dr Nikolaos Dimitratos

Research Fellow

Email:
dimitratosn@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 4082
Dr Jennifer Edwards

Dr Jennifer Edwards

Research Fellow

Email:
edwardsjk@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 9398
Dr Ceri Hammond

Dr Ceri Hammond

Royal Society University Research Fellow

Email:
hammondc4@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 6002
Dr Qian He

Dr Qian He

University Research Fellow

Email:
heq6@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 4060
Prof Graham Hutchings FRS

Professor Graham Hutchings

Regius Professor of Physical Chemistry and Director of the Cardiff Catalysis Institute

Email:
hutch@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 4059
Andrew Logsdail

Dr Andrew Logsdail

University Research Fellow

Email:
logsdaila@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2081 0162
 Alberto Roldan

Dr Alberto Roldan Martinez

Research Fellow

Email:
roldanmartineza@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 4356
Sankar Meenakshisundaram

Dr M Sankar

Research Fellow

Email:
sankar@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 5748
Prof Stuart Taylor

Professor Stuart Taylor

Professor of Physical Chemistry and Director of Research

Email:
taylorsh@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 4062
Dr David Willock

Dr David Willock

Reader in Theoretical and Computational Chemistry

Email:
willockdj@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 4779

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