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Catalysis and Interfacial Science

Probing heterogeneous catalysis at a fundamental level and understanding important processes at interfaces. We also investigate essential aspects of enzymatic and homogeneous catalysis. We create new catalysts, processes and fundamental knowledge.

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 insolvibng challenges in key areas, such as energy, carbon capture, sustainablemanufacturing 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.

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