Autumn Newsletter out now

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Our Autumn 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. Newsletter highlights: We had a busy year in 2018 and there is lots coming up for spring 2019. Here are some…

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£14 million investment into the UK Catalysis Hub Announced

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A new £14 million investment into the UK’s Catalysis Hub that will support a nationwide research programme is announced today by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), which is part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). Read more in the EPSRC press release at You can also…

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Dr Catherine Davies

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Environmental Theme: Soot Control The growth in market share of diesel vehicles, which currently stands at around fifty-five percent of new car sales within the EU, has had the beneficial effects of lowering CO2 emissions and improving fuel economy, but has led to locally high concentrations of NOx gases and…

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How the Hub can help academics

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Training and Development The UK Catalysis Hub will help researchers to expand their knowledge base through direct interaction with central facilities, training and collaboration, for example ISIS on neutron techniques and modelling, specialised workshops, staff development and training provided by the academic partners including, for example, through interactions with the…

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Ellie Dann


Design theme highlights: Advances in Heterogeneous Catalyst Characterisation; combined XAFS/DRIFTS Spectroscopy Understanding the chemical processes that govern catalytic function is key to developing new and improved catalytic materials. Characterisation methods used to interpret catalyst structure, morphology and chemical properties often examine the catalyst material outside of its operating environment, which…

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Community Development for Early Career Researchers


The UK Catalysis supports ECRs where our regular conference series has allowed interaction and liaison, especially for those new to the field or to the UK and where our funding streams have assisted some ECRs in developing their programmes. ECRs employed on Hub projects have been successful with several moving…

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Dr Cristina Stere

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Energy Theme highlights: Probing the role of a non-thermal plasma (NTP) in the hybrid NTP-catalytic oxidation of CH4 The release of methane into the atmosphere must be stringently controlled as it has a warming potential at least 21 times higher than that of CO2, being, therefore, a major contributor to…

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How the Hub can help industry


The UK Catalysis Hub can offer a range of benefical interaction from networking with the catalysis community, focussed workshops, collaboration on projects, hosting of student positions, developing new collaborations or access to experts across the breadth of catalysis. The UK Catalysis Hub includes over 20 companies and 45 universites. Read…

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Pip Hellier

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Joint Diamond/UK Catalysis Hub studentship: Novel shell-core catalysts of vanadia on haematite (VOx/Fe2O3) for use in methanol selective oxidation to formaldehyde Over the past year, we have been investigating novel shell-core catalysts of vanadia on haematite (VOx/Fe2O3) for use in methanol selective oxidation to formaldehyde. The shell-core motif has been…

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Dr Changhui Chen

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Chemical Transformations Theme highlights: Electrochemical characterisation and regeneration of sulfur poisoned Pt catalysts The Energy theme of the UK Catalysis hub has undertaken a wide range of liquid and gas phase projects related to energy conversion catalytic technologies. ‘Electrochemical characterisation and regeneration of sulfur poisoned Pt catalysts’ was a project…

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