Diversity of Catalysis

Please note, due to high demand, our Diversity of Catalysis summer school is now closed to new 2018 applications.

As the home of the Cardiff Catalysis Institute, the School of Chemistry is a world leader in the teaching and research of catalysis.

Our faculty includes renowned academics specialising in all areas of catalysis. This summer school will give you an insight into the cutting-edge of research on this all-important chemical process.

Our research is focused on finding solutions to current real-world problems, as well as improving catalytic processes already in use. This approach forms the basis of the Diversity of Catalysis Summer School, which provides a thorough grounding in both theory and practical skills.

In keeping with our varied research, the course content explores the varied presence and application in the chemistry of the differing types of catalyst and catalytic applications. Ranging from organic, inorganic, spectroscopic and theoretical chemistry, you will gain a thorough understanding of the integral role catalysts play in chemistry.

Teaching will include hands-on sessions covering organic synthesis, molecular modelling, homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis, spectroscopy, dynamics and characterisation.

Preliminary schedule

Please note this is subject to change.

Saturday 21 July 2018Arrival in Cardiff (Pick up from Heathrow provided)
Sunday 22 July 2018Social event
Monday 23 July 2018Welcome lecture and orientation scavenger hunt
Tuesday 24 July 2018Molecular synthesis - Session 1: Oxidation of limonene
Computational chemistry
Wednesday 25 July 2018Materials and energy
Industrial visit
Thursday 26 July 2018Developing catalysts for a sustainable future
Friday 27 July 2018Spectroscopy and dynamics
Saturday 28 July 2018Field trips and free time
Sunday 29 July 2018Field trips and free time
Monday 30 July 2018Catalysis and interfacial science Cardiff Catalysis Institute
Tuesday 31 July 2018Biological chemistry
Industrial visit
Wednesday 1 August 2018Characterissation of catalysis
Industrial visit
Thursday 2 August 2018Inorganic synthesis
Friday 3 August 2018Presentations and final assessment
Final Gala Ceremony
Saturday 4 August 2018Departure from Cardiff (Drop off at Heathrow provided)


The fee for the Summer School is  £1,995.

This includes tuition fees, accommodation, 10 meals per week (breakfast & lunch, Monday to Friday), airport pick up and drop off from Heathrow Airport on fixed dates (pick up is on 21 July, drop off is on 4 August) and excursions organised by Cardiff University (such as Stonehenge and industrial visits).

Contact us

If you have any questions or for more information, please email pse-iss@cardiff.ac.uk.