UK Catalysis Hub

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The UK Catalysis Hub was created in 2013 with EPSRC funding with the aim to establish a world-leading, comprehensive and coordinated programme of catalytic science in the UK; to develop new knowledge and promote innovation in and translation of catalytic science and technology, and to enable the UK to regain and retain its world-leading position in catalysis. 

The physical hub is in the Research Complex at Harwell, (RCaH) and includes first-class facilities for research in catalytic science,  a suite of catalysis laboratories for the preparation and analysis of catalysts. The laboratories have been used effectively by visiting scientists (academic and industrial) including those undertaking experimental work on the central facilities. A key component of the work of the Hub, has been its strong relationships with the world-leading facilities on the Harwell campus, including the Diamond Light Source, the ISIS neutron facility and more recently the Central Laser Facility (CLF); where work of the Hub team has led to the growing use and development of the facilities for catalytic science

  • X-Ray spectroscopy in catalytic science; in association with Diamond has led a highly successful BAG on the Core XAFS beamline The hub has also developed a number of in situ analysis techniques including operando XAFS/DRIFTS technique,  and ambient pressure XAS cell with academics and industry
  • Growth in the application of neutron scattering techniques; especially neutron spectroscopy. Here our strong relationship with ISIS has focused on community engagement as well as scientific and has led to a large increase in the use of neutron techniques for catalysis. Particularly notable has been the rapid growth in the use inelastic neutron scattering (INS) for in situ spectroscopy, Quasi Elastic Neutron Scattering (QENS),small-angle scattering probing molecular transport, surface speciation and confined liquid structures and modulation excitation techniques
  • Development of laser techniques in catalytic science, where McGregor (Sheffield) has led a Hub project on Optical tweezers for interrogation of catalysts and Beale, (RCaH, UCL) has developed techniques including Kerr gated Raman and Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging (FLIM) for catalysis applications. 

The Catalysis Hub continues to build on this success both nationally and internationally. The core activities include our coordinating activities, conference, workshop and training programs, our growing outreach and dissemination. The core programme will coordinate the scientific themes of the Hub, which in the initial stages of the next phase will comprise: Optimising, predicting and designing new catalysts, Catalysis at the Water and Energy Nexus and  Catalysis for the Circular Economy and Sustainable Manufacturing


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