UK Catalysis Hub



The UK catalysis Hub has a range of activities going on.

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New newsletter just launched

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Our new newsletter is out now with lots of new information about the UK Catalysis Hub projects, events and calls. You can read it online or download a copy.

Spring newsletter highlights:

We had a busy year in 2016 and there is lots coming up for spring 2017. Here are some of the topics we've covered in the newsletter:

  • Our highlights of 2016.
  • New opportunities at Diamond Light Source.
  • Highlights in scientific research 2016.

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“Modern developments in Catalysis” out now!

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The UK Catalysis Hub has collaborated to publish a book titled, “Modern developments in Catalysis”. The book is a series of chapters reviewing on the present state of catalysis research. Chapters focus on the breadth of the field of catalysis including biocatalysis, homogenous and heterogeneous catalysis, operando and in situ techniques, modelling and theoretical studies including life cycle analysis. The book sets out to explain to a reader interested in chemistry, the cutting-edge topics in the important field of catalysis. Click here for more details and where to find it.

JMT Medal

JMT Medal Winner Ulrich Hintermair

The  UK Catalysis Hub were thrilled to name Dr Uli Hintermair from the Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies, University of Bath as person of outstanding achievement in catalysis for multidisciplinary contributions to the development and applications of catalysts for sustainable chemistry at the UK Catalysis Hub Winter Conference on the 6th of December. Dr Uli Hintemair was selected from the nominations for top early career scientists working in the United Kingdom to win the Sir John Meurig Thomas Catalysis Medal for 2016.

" Professor C. Richard A. Catlow, FRS catalyst by design theme leader said,Uli has a very rounded and wide-ranging skill sets within the field of catalysis, he is equally comfortable as a process engineer, as an organometallic chemist and as a physical organic chemist. This is reflected in the breadth of his achievements in working on very fundamental mechanistic problems through to the commercial application of catalysts through a spin off company of which he is Chief Scientific Advisor.”

“His three most significant achievements to date are:

(i) His discovery of Ir-based water-splitting catalysts with Bob Crabtree. These are the best catalysts out there for water oxidation and he has taken this work from molecular organometallic species through to supported catalysts with extremely low loading that are commercially viable in a number of sectors.

(ii) His development of supercritical CO2 flow systems with Walter Leitner that led to new patented processes for sustainable manufacture of formic acid from CO2

(iii) His development of flow NMR spectroscopy for in operando mechanistic study of solution and gas phase catalysis which has led to close collaboration with Bruker and is now underpinned by a £1.2M project to develop a new and reaction monitoring facility at Bath.

This was the inaugural year for the new medal. Dr Uli Hintermair delivered a lecture on catalysts to the UK Catalysis Hub Winter conference attended by over 150 people. Speakers for the Catalysis Hub Winter conference included members of the Catalysis Hub and wider international catalysis community. The JMT medal was generously sponsored by BP, JM, Dow, Dr Reddys, Invista, Givaudan and Sasol.

For more details and how to nominate someone please go to the JMT Medal Page 

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Winter Conference 

The UK catalysis Hub held its annual Winter Conference at the Harwell Campus on the 6th and 7th December.

Speakers included researchers from the Catalysis Hub and internationally renowned speakers and industrialists covering a range of topics in catalysis. There was a flash presentation session showcasing the range of projects across the Hub which provided lively catalysis discussion and dissemination.

The conference was followed by a half day of 'breakout' theme meetings for academics and postdocs directly involved with hub projects to discuss projects and progress with the PIS, CoIs and PDRAS of each theme.

Earth Abundant Metals Conference 

Following the Winter Conference on the 8th December the Catalysis Hub hosted a Conference discussing Earth abundant Metals as Catalysts.  This meeting was Organised by Robin Bedford (Bristol) is association with the Catalysis Hub.