UK Catalysis Hub Meeting ‚Äď Enabling Net Zero

When: 28th January 2021
Location: Zoom: UK Catalysis Hub

09.45Meeting opens 
10.00Welcome and introduction – Chris Hardacre 
10.10Perspectives on Net Zero and Science – BEIS Chief Scientific Adviser Professor Paul Monks 
10.20The UK perspective on  Net Zero – Nancy Rothwell 
10.25An International perspective on innovation in catalysis required for Net Zero – Robert Schlogl
11.05EPSRC perspectives and priorities
11.25Comfort break 
11.50Industrial Views – Sue Ellis (Johnson Matthey), Jeremy Parker (AstraZeneca)
12.30Breakout Discussion  
14.20Breakout discussion      
15.20Comfort break
15.45General Discussion and next steps

Talk Recording

An International perspective on innovation in catalysis required for Net Zero – Robert Schlogl

Attendees by:

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Industry, Academic, Facilities and Council, Speakers, UK Catalysis Hub

Breakout Group:
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Breakout Group


David Prest, Droichaid
Paul Collier, Johnson Matthey
Tom Moody, Almac Group
Grant Dench, Droichaid
Tony Harrington, Welsh Water
Sue Ellis, Johnson Matthey
Chris Mitchell, SABIC
Martin Hayes, Johnson Matthey
James Patterson, BP
Bob Tooze, Droichaid
Keith Whiston, Invista
Pelham Hawker, Consultant
Jeremy Parker, AstraZeneca
Andy York, Johnson Matthey
Damien Kelly, Croda
John Hayler, GSK
Katherine Wheelhouse, GSK
Mike Kember, Econic Technolgies
Adrian Whyle, Plastics Europe
Manfred Schuster, Johnson Matthey


Asterios Gavrillidis, UCL
Duncan Wass, Cardiff
Matt Reed, Liverpool
Aleksander Tedstone, Manchester
George Britovsek, Imperial College
Simon Freakley, Bath
Andrew Weller, York
Simon Kondrat, Loughborough
Emma Gibson, Glasgow
Frances Singer, Bath
Andrew Beale, UCL
Nancy Artioli, QUB
Andy Logsdail, Cardiff
James Mcgregor, Sheffield
Rosa Cuellar Franca, Manchester
Chris Partlett, Manchester
Laura Torrente, Cambridge
Phil Dyer, Durham
Haresh Manyar, QUB
Jennifer Edwards, Cardiff
Mark Crimmin, Imperial College
Thom Farmer, York
Maicon Delarmina, Cardiff
Uli Hintermair, Bath
Alex O’Malley, Bath
Nora De Leeuw, Leeds
Peter Wells, Southampton
Fraser Armstrong, Oxford
William Mbongiseni, Cardiff
Kylie Vincent, Oxford
Arthur Garforth, Manchester
Emma Raven, Bristol
Anthony Green, Manchester
Antoine Buchard, Bath
Matt Quesne, Cardiff

Facilities and Council

David Payne, Research Complex at Harwell
Kathryn Welsby, STFC/ CLF
Stewart Parker, ISIS
John Colier, STFC/ CLF
Paul Donaldson, STFC/ CLF
John Hand, Research Complex at Harwell
Emma Southwell-Sander, STFC
Sofia Diaz-Moreno, Diamond
Peter Wells, Diamond
Martin Jones, STFC
Michael Burnett, KTN
Mike Towrie, STFC/ CLF
Sheena Hindocha, KTN
Patrick Bragoli, BEIS
Sohelia Amin-Hanjani, BEIS
Rachel Bishop, EPSRC


Christopher Hardacre, Manchester
Paul Monks, BEIS
Nancy Rothwell, CST
Robert Schlogl, MPI
Sue Ellis, Johnson Matthey
Jeremy Parker, AstraZeneca

UK Catalysis Hub

Christopher Hardacre, Manchester
Richard Catlow, UCL/ Cardiff
Graham Hutchings, Cardiff
Matthew Davidson, Bath
Nick Turner, Manchester
Matt Rosseinskey, Liverpool
Charlotte Williams, Oxford
Adrian Mulholland, Bristol
Josie Goodall, Cardiff

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Attendees by Breakout Group
First Name Last NameRoleBreakout Group 
David Payne 1 
Matt  Reed 1 
DavidPrest 1 
Paul Collier 1
TomMoody 1 
KathrynWelsby 1 
Aleksander TedstoneSCRIBE1 
George Britovsek 1 
Simon Freakley 1 
EmmaGibson 2
Stewart Parker 2
GrantDench 2
TonyHarrington 2
ChrisMitchell 2
Frances SingerSCRIBE2
John Colier 2
AndyLogsdail 3
James Mcgregor 3
RosaCuellar Franca 3
Martin Hayes 3
Paul Donaldson 3
JamesPatterson 3
John Hand3
HareshManyar 4
JenniferEdwards 4
Emma Southwell-Sander 4
Mark Crimmin  4
ThomFarmer 4
KeithWhiston 4
SofiaDiaz-Moreno 4
PelhamHawker 4
Nora De Leeuw 5
PeterWells 5
Martin   Jones 5
Fraser Armstrong 5
Jeremy ParkerSPEAKER5 
AndyYork 5
DamienKelly 5
MichaelBurnett 5
Kylie Vincent 6 
AnthonyGreen 6
Antoine Buchard 6
JohnHayler 6
KatherineWheelhouse 6
MikeKember 6
MattQuesne SCRIBE6
AdrianWhyle 6 
ManfredSchuster 6 
Mike Towrie  
Jeremy Parker   

Summary Discussion

Topics discussed for the technical questions have been written up in an Initiative document. 

Some general points were raised and discussed: 

Key Points 

  • We need to set the priorities now and being fundamental research to create an innovation pipeline on different timescales. It is critical to enable to enable the transition to net zero in the short term as well as to innovate to new technologies and processes to enable carbon-zero in the medium term and to innovate beyond 2050. Existing technologies and infrastructure can be utilised to enable a transition¬†E.g. catalysis for aviation fuel ‚Äď is Fischer-Tropsch really sustainable? The UK has invested in facilities and trained workforce that can be regenerated and utilised by innovating in catalysis to repurpose refineries and facilities.
  • There is no single solution and we need to integrate innovative catalysis, fundamental understanding, process engineering with social science and policy as well as public engagement to achieve net zero. The Hub has a critical mass of people to enable a true¬†a multidiscipline approach to tackle problems.¬†
  • Public perception, ‚Äúeducation‚ÄĚ, and engagement vital:¬†A lot of the proposed technologies will result in alternative end products (cloudy plastics, alternative packaging) and whilst catalysis will play a major role in developing these, good public engagement and outreach will be very, very important in adoption and acceptance of new products. Whilst this is not a ‚Äúcatalysis‚ÄĚ core science issue, perhaps effective public engagement and dissemination should be considered in any bid (and not just be an afterthought!) Perhaps there is opportunity to interact with social scientists?
  • Data Management and Machine Learning needs to be integrated and standardised to capture data and enable the integration of different reaction systems. A central facility would help bring different tryps of data together consistently and the Hub is ideally placed o manage a community effort in collaboration with the existing central facilities¬† and data management architectures understanding catalytic processes under real, commercial¬† conditions (temp, pressure flows, gases etc) utilising the central facilities is critical in understanding¬† commercially interesting processes, without industry needing specific technique expertise in specialist facilities. The Hub has¬† developed several new techniques and capabilities in operando analysis within the community and in collaboration with the facilities and this type of development is essential to enable innovations to be translated to industrial solutions.

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