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Our research is working to tackle major challenges facing society, the economy and our environment.

Catalysis enables chemical reactions to go faster, with better selectivity and at a lower energy cost resulting in cleaner, more economical and more sustainable processes. These attributes put catalysis at the heart of most industrial and biological processes.

We collaborate with many industries and national and international organisations to translate our high quality chemical research into a broad spectrum of applications. These include:

  • environmental clean-up (e.g. exhaust after-treatment)
  • manufacure (e.g. improved catalysts for chemical manufacture)
  • sustainability (e.g. replacing rare metals in catalysis)
  • energy (e.g. photocatalysis and biofuels)

The importance of the research undertaken within the Cardiff Catalysis Institute is highlighted by Prof. Graham Hutchings FRS and collaborators in pioneering a new catalyst for the manufacture of vinyl chloride from acetylene hydrochlorination.  Further information can be found in the highlights below or from the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) document.

REF 2014 - VCM Catalysis

REF Impact Case Study - Gold Catalysts for Vinyl Chloride Manufacture


Student testing a catalyst in a lab

Why gold is the key to a glittering future

Our newly identified catalyst has the potential to save lives, improve health and clean up the environment.

Space Exploration

Supplying clean air to save lives

We are developing catalysts which remove deadly carbon monoxide from confined environments.