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Catalysts in Chemistry Summer School

This course has now closed for 2019 entry. Please contact for further enquiries.

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 Catalysts in Chemistry 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 itinerary is not final and is subject to change.

Saturday 20 July 2019Arrival in Cardiff (Pick up from Heathrow provided)
Sunday 21 July 2019Social event
Monday 22 July 2019Welcome lecture and orientation scavenger hunt
Tuesday 23 July 2019Molecular synthesis - Session 1: Oxidation of limonene
Computational chemistry
Wednesday 24 July 2019Materials and energy
Industrial visit
Thursday 25 July 2019Developing catalysts for a sustainable future
Friday 26 July 2019Spectroscopy and dynamics
Saturday 27 July 2019Field trips and free time
Sunday 28 July 2019Field trips and free time
Monday 29 July 2019Catalysis and interfacial science Cardiff Catalysis Institute
Tuesday 30 July 2019Biological chemistry
Industrial visit
Wednesday 31 July 2019Characterissation of catalysis
Industrial visit
Thursday 1 August 2019Inorganic synthesis
Friday 2 August 2019Presentations and final assessment
Final Gala Ceremony
Saturday 3 August 2019Departure 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 20 July, drop off is on 3 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