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Reference Number EP/K014714/1
Title The UK Catalysis Hub
Status Completed
Energy Categories Energy Efficiency(Industry) 5%;
Renewable Energy Sources(Bio-Energy, Production of transport biofuels (incl. Production from wastes)) 5%;
Renewable Energy Sources(Bio-Energy, Production of other biomass-derived fuels (incl. Production from wastes)) 5%;
Renewable Energy Sources(Bio-Energy, Other bio-energy) 5%;
Hydrogen and Fuel Cells(Fuel Cells) 5%;
Not Energy Related 75%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Chemistry) 100%
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Professor R Catlow
No email address given
University College London
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 June 2013
End Date 30 November 2018
Duration 66 months
Total Grant Value £3,725,183
Industrial Sectors Chemicals; Energy; Environment
Region London
Programme NC : Engineering, NC : Physical Sciences
Investigators Principal Investigator Professor R Catlow , Chemistry, University College London (99.989%)
  Other Investigator Dr SF Parker , ISIS Pulsed Neutron & Muon Source, STFC (Science & Technology Facilities Council) (0.001%)
Dr R Raja , School of Chemistry, University of Southampton (0.001%)
Professor MG Davidson , Chemistry, University of Bath (0.001%)
Professor M Poliakoff , Chemistry, University of Nottingham (0.001%)
Professor L Gladden , Chemical Engineering, University of Cambridge (0.001%)
Professor GJ Hutchings , Chemistry, Cardiff University (0.001%)
Dr AF Lee , Chemistry, Cardiff University (0.001%)
Professor C Hardacre , Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Queen's University Belfast (0.001%)
Dr A Goguet , Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Queen's University Belfast (0.001%)
Professor A Gavriilidis , Chemical Engineering, University College London (0.001%)
Professor M Coppens , Chemical Engineering, University College London (0.001%)
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Abstract Catalysis is a core area of science that lies at the heart of the chemicals industry - an immensely successful and important part of the overall UK economy, where in recent years the UK output has totaled over 50B and is ranked 7th in the world. This position is being maintained in the face of immense competition worldwide. For the UK to sustain its leading position it is essential that innovation in research is maintained, which can be achieved through bringing together the internationally leading academic activity that exists in the UK in this key area of contemporary science. We therefore, aim to create a coordinated UK programme for Catalysis, with a hub in the Research Complex at Harwell, which will help to keep the UK at the forefront of this crucial scientific and technological sector. The location of the hub at Harwell will allow us to interact closely with both central facilities, to whose development the project will contribute, and with the broader scientific community on the Harwell/RAL Campus. The major developments in the in situ characterisation of catalytic materials that have taken place in the recent years have been of immense importance in addressing the complex scientific problems posed by catalytic science. The component of the programme based at the hub will focus on catalyst design and will develop state-of-the art in situ facilities that will be used for experiments to be conducted at the Diamond, Synchrotron Radiation, ISIS Neutron Scattering and Central Laser Facilities. Such experiments will allow us to probe the structure and evolution of catalysts at the molecular level during their operation; but their effectiveness will require integration with a wide ranging modeling programme which will explore and predict catalytic systems and performance across the relevant length and time scles form the nanao - to the macro-level.The hub will couple with an extensive programme of applications, which will be distributed amongst the extensive rage of collaborating institutions and will be built round the following central themes in contemporary catalytic science:* Catalysis Design* Catalysis for Energy* Chemical Transformations* Environmental CatalysisBy coordinating the expertise of the collaborative groups, in novel areas of catalytic science with a strong focal point in the Harwell/RAL campus, we will provide a platform for new initiatives that will provide a hub for UK catalysis research and will give substantial added value to the existing investment in catalytic science. Moreover by working together, the UK scientific team will be able take centre stage and lead the world in this crucial field.The impact of the Centre will be further promoted by a vigorous and effective dissemination strategy which will develop strong interactions with a wide range of academic and industrial groups and with the broader scientific community
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