UK Catalysis Hub



Dates for your Diary:

Diamond Light Source - Virtual Town Hall Meeting

When: 10 September 2018, 11am - 12.40pm

Where: Virtual

As you may or may not know Diamond Light Source is in the process of upgrading and is currently undergoing a community-wide consultation on how this upgrade can best support the user communities interest.

Essentially this is taking part in 2 stages; in the first instance this involves a gradual updating of existing beamlines and their capabilities as well as adapting the type of user support it can provide (i.e. establishing a sample environment team).

In the second instance there is a proposed 'lattice upgrade' to increase the number of beamlines (up to 8) and to increase the ring energy to 3.5 GeV so as to enable more photons at higher energies (20 - 30 keV). It is proposed that the lattice upgrade will take place sometime around/after 2024.

As a community then we have now an opportunity to shape the future of Diamond to suit our future needs/ambitions particularly since the Catalysis Hub is seen as an important community for Diamond to interact with. As such we would like you to join us at a Virtual town hall meeting on the 10th September to provide any feedback that you may have on this subject.

Speakers include; Paul Thompson from the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) and Andy Dent from Diamond Light Source.


11.00 Kick off and introduction - Prof. Andy Beale (UCL)

11.05 Powerpoint Presentation Diamond Upgrade - Andy Dent (Diamond)

11.35 Feedback from the community

12.00 Powerpoint Presentation XMAS Upgrade - Paul Thompson (ESRF)

12.20 Feedback from the community 2

12.40  End

Click on the links to download the meeting notes and slides from the talks by Paul Thompson and Andy Dent.

Meeting Notes

XMAS Slides Paul Thompson

Diamond II Slides Andy Dent

Applications for Summer Science Exhibition 2019 now open

When: July 2019

Where: 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG

Applications are open to take part in next year's Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition, a week-long celebration of the science and engineering shaping our future. You can apply to exhibit on the RS website and click on button below. The exhibition features the UK’s most inspiring research and is a chance for scientists to showcase their work to over 14,000 visitors including members of the public, schools, research funders, the media, and Fellows of the Royal Society.

You can read about why you should get involved and find out more about what exhibiting involves and how to apply. The deadline for applications is 7 September 2018.

If you have any questions, contact Amy Fry at amy.fry@royalsociety.org or 020 7451 2582.

Click below to find out more information and apply.


Materials challenges for sustainable energy technologies

When: 19-20 September 2018

Where: Kavli Royal Society Centre, Chicheley Hall, Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, MK16 9JJ

Satellite meeting organised by Professor Saiful Islam, Professor Peter Bruce FRS, Professor Richard Catlow FRS, Professor Jenny Nelson FRS

This meeting will focus on the challenges posed by battery, fuel cell, solar and thermoelectric technologies and will aim to identify the specific needs in terms of materials development for these technologies to have wider spread deployment. It will explore current individual technologies, and set the priorities for research in materials for energy technologies in the coming decades.

Visit for the event website https://royalsociety.org/science-events-and-lectures/2018/09/materials-challenges/ for the full program and for more information.

Please click below to register.


UK Emission Control Workshop

When: 4 October 2018

Where: Research Complex in Harwell, Oxfordshire

The second UK Emission Control Workshop will take place the 4th October at the Research Complex in Harwell, Oxfordshire.

The aim of the workshop is to have interactive discussions about the current challenges facing the automotive industry and provide experts from industry and academia with the opportunity to share knowledge and ground-breaking technologies with colleagues around the UK. It will be a good opportunity for networking and to highlight common research interests.

The workshop will discuss significant research advancements related to emissions, alternative fuels, engine design concepts, technical challenges in meeting emission targets and engine testing technologies. The key opening presentations from academic and industry specialists will be followed by open discussions with the audience.

The one-day workshop will be organised as a satellite event of the UK Catalysis Hub and registration is free of charge for all participants.

Queries concerning your registration should be addressed to n.artioli@qub.ac.uk.

To book one of the pre-reserved rooms at the Harwell accommodation, please send an e-mail by the 24th of September to Ruairi O’Donnell  rodonnell17@qub.ac.uk.

Visit for the event website https://nancyartiolilab.org/ii-ukem/ for the full program of the workshop and for more information.

Please click below to register.


UK Catalysis Conference 2019 (UKCC)

When: 9 -11 January 2019

Where: Holywell Park, Loughborough University

The fifth UK Catalysis Conference (UKCC) which will take place at Holywell Park, Loughborough over Wednesday 9th – Friday 11th January 2018. The meeting will provide an opportunity for catalytic scientists and engineers from across the UK’s academic and industrial communities to interact and network over the whole spectrum of Catalysis ranging from Organocatalysis, Biocatalysis, Homogenous catalysis and Heterogeneous catalysis.

The scientific programme will be organised around the following all aspects of catalysis: Organo/Biocatalysis, Heterogeneous Catalysis, Homogeneous Catalysis and Engineering.

We are pleased to announce that our plenary speakers in 2019 will be Nora de Leeuw (Cardiff University, UK), Sabine L Flitsch (University of Manchester, UK), Andreas Jentys (Technical University of Munich, Germany) and Freek Kapteijn (Delft University of Technology, Netherlands).

Please note that the early bird registration fee will be £410 for PDRA, Academic, Industry & Government registrations and £340 for PhD student and Emeritus registrations. The deadline to register with the earlybird registration price will be Friday 9th November. Following this the price will be £480 and we will not be able to guarantee on-site accommodation (although accommodation will still be included).

The conference registration fee includes the conference, two nights accommodation at nearby Burleigh Court (including breakfast and dinners), the abstracts, coffee/tea, lunches and access to the lectures and poster session. Accommodation will be arranged for participants upon registration by the UKCC team. The conference registration fee includes the conference, two nights accommodation at nearby Burleigh Court (including breakfast and dinners), the abstracts, coffee/tea, lunches and access to the lectures and poster session. Accommodation will be arranged for participants upon registration by the UKCC team.

A number of bursaries of £100 for early career researchers, excluding PhD students, are available to assist with participation in the UKCC2019. These will be awarded to staff within 10 years of the award of their PhD and will be prioritised by the researcher giving an oral presentation then a poster presentation in registration date order.

Abstract submission is now available with a final deadline for submission of 16th September 2018, 23:59.

Please click below for more information and to register.


Catalysis: Fundamentals and Practice Summer School 2019

When: 15 - 19 July 2019

Where: Department of Chemistry, University of Liverpool, UK

On-line registration is now open for the next EPSRC/Liverpool Summer School in Catalysis with the support of the EPSRC, the UK Catalysis Hub and the SURCAT groups of the RSC.

The Summer School will

  • Provide an introduction to the fundamental aspects of catalysis
  • Broaden and update the knowledge base in catalysis.
  • Describe some of the frontier developments occurring in catalysis today.
  • A forum for discussion and the formation of new professional contacts.


Applications must be received before 31st May 2019

For more information visit the website:


Please click below to register.


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