UK Catalysis Hub May Town Hall Meeting

When: 4 May 2022, 10:30 – 16:30 BST
Where: The Cosener’s House, Abingdon & Online

The UK Catalysis Hub Town meeting will be held on 4th May to discuss a potential evolution and future of the UK catalysis Hub.

Registration for the Town meeting is free and includes lunch for those attending in person.

The main aim of the meeting is to provide the data and community input to inform the critical opportunities as the Hub evolves to continue to meet the current challenges in catalysis, and the UK.

The Town meeting will aim to identify:

  • Current challenges and opportunities in catalysis research
  • Modes of Interaction with exciting activities within the research strategy
  • Industrial Engagement

The agenda for the meeting will include:

  • Current state of the catalysis research for sustainable manufacturing
  • An international perspective
  • An industrial perspective
  • Discussion and Feedback
  • wrap-up and next steps

The Catalysis Hubs will continue to encompass the following features:

  • Adopt an integrated approach that draws together biology, chemistry, energy technology, materials science, and chemical/process engineering;
  • Be inclusive of the breadth of catalyst types, and therefore not limited to heterogeneous and homogeneous catalysis, biocatalysis, photo catalysis electrocatalysis, and organocatalysis.
  • Addresses the UK’s need for more efficient, inexpensive and environmentally friendly methods of producing chemicals (fine chemicals, bulk chemicals, and specialized materials) and fuels from a variety of feedstocks.
  • Cross-boundaries between departments, universities, and industry.

The Hub or Hubs will continue to be multidisciplinary multi-institutional, calling on excellence wherever it is found and will aim to:

  • Make broad contributions to fundamental advances in catalysis, AND facilitate the introduction of new catalytic systems and technologies that meet national societal and economic goals
  • Lead to improved ways to take new catalysts from bench to full-scale application
  • Address issues such as catalyst manufacture, catalyst lifetime, catalyst removal and control of catalytic processes.
  • Develop superior catalysts to reduce environmental impact
  • Consider the whole system when developing new catalysts
  • Develop systems that use energy in an efficient way

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10:30 – 10:45 Tea and coffee

10:45 – 11:00 Welcome – Prof. Christopher Hardacre, UK Catalysis Hub

11:00 – 11:20 EPSRC perspective – Dr. Sarah Newman, EPSRC

11:20 – 11:40 Catalysis in the UK – priorities/strategic areas – Prof. Matthew Davidson, UK Catalysis Hub

11:40 BREAK

12:00 – 12:20 International perspective – Prof. Dr. Ferdi Schüth, Max-Planck-Institut

12:20 – 12:35 An industrial perspective on challenges and opportunities needed in catalysis – Dr. Christopher Mitchell, SABIC

12:40 – 13:00 Discussion of challenges

13:00 – 13:50 LUNCH

13:50 – 14:05 Breakout groups assigned

14:05 – 14:50 Breakout discussions (2 sessions)

14:50 – 15:05 BREAK(Group mix up)

15:05 – 15:45 Breakout discussions

15:45 – 16:15 Summarise discussion – Table leaders 

16:15 – 16:45 Next steps and close – Management Team of the Hub 


Hybrid event:

In Person – The Cosener’s House, 15 – 16 Abbey Close, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 3JD –

Online – Zoom Calls (Recorded for future reference)

This webinar will be recorded.

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