UK Catalysis Hub


Scientific Program

 The UK Catalysis Hub is currently made up of 5 active interacting themes: 

Catalysis By Design

The aim of the Catalyst By Design (Design) theme is to develop Fundamental knowledge of structure and mechanism promoting innovation. This theme focuses on i) Computational Modelling. ii) Use of cutting edge Facilities including synchrotrons such as Diamond Light source, neutron sources including ISIS and  Laser facilities and iii)Multi scale and multi-technique approach: from nano- to macro. This theme will be primarily hosted at the RCaH hub and will interact with all other themes. 

Environmental Catalysis

The Environmental Catalysis theme aims to Use catalysis to make the world a better place. The theme will combine heterogeneous, homogeneous and bio catalysis together with experimental and theoretical approaches to attack key problems including i) Improved atom efficiency – eradicating waste. ii) Environmental cleanup – dealing with waste. iii) New green applications – catalysis in new domains. And iv) Use of bio-renewable resources – CO2

Chemical Transformations 

The Chemical Transformations theme aims to promote the prosperity of the UK manufacturing base in fine and bulk chemicals, polymers and pharmaceuticals areas of research include : i)Enhancing selectivity and sustainability of existing processes, ii) Pharmaceutical process chemistry; synthesis gas conversion; renewable polymers, iii) New catalytic approaches to transformations including Catalysis in confined environments; transition metal free catalysis; biocatalysis for new chemical transformations and iv) Combination of biocatalysis, homogeneous and heterogeneous, organo- and metal-based catalysis

Catalysis for Energy

The catalysis for energy theme aims to use fundamental science & engineering to develop innovative & practical solutions for current and future energy needs including i) Gas to liquid transformation, ii)Synthesis and utilisation of biofuels, iii) Process integration and intensification for efficient energy usage and storage, and iv) Photocatalytic water splitting

Biocatlaysis and Biotransformations

Biocatalysis & biotransformations’ was submitted to EPSRC with the aim of  strengthening Hub capability, growing UK excellence in this fundamental area of catalysis, and integrate biocatalysis research across the full remit of the Hub’s catalysis portfolio. Biocatalytic processes underpin future manufacturing routes across the entirety of the chemical sciences, with all principal sectors of the industry (pharmaceuticals, home and personal care, food and drink, polymers, crop protection and lubricants) being dependent on advances in the area.