Cardiff University is one of Britain’s major teaching and research universities. It is a member of the Russell Group, the organisation linking the 20 leading universities in the UK. Located in the centre of the capital city of Wales, it has a reputation for the quality of its work which attracts staff and students from around the world. The Cardiff Catalysis Institute (CCI), established in 2008, collects the Chemistry School’s research activities in industrially relevant catalysis. It covers the complete spectrum of catalyst chemistry. It is particularly strong in heterogeneous catalysis, where it is renowned for its innovative design of catalytic materials and processes. For example, recent advances in gold catalysis for the selective oxidation of alcohols and the primary carbon hydrogen bonds in alkyl aromatics and the direct synthesis of hydrogen peroxide have been acknowledged as trend setting.
Role in the project: CU’s main technical role within NOVACAM will be to make and test new catalysts on a laboratory scale. The synthesis work draws on the experience of the CCI in the application of colloid, sol-gel and CVD techniques to the preparation of nanocatalysts, combining traditional methodologies and novel approaches to making novel catalyst support structures, whilst translating the centres expertise in noble metal catalysis to base metals. It also uses the full suite of catalyst characterisation facilities within the department. CU will also lead the proof of concept studies into aqueous phase reforming based on non-noble metal nanoparticle catalysts. CU will also lead the development of the web-based component of the training package
Professor Graham Hutchings – Professor of Chemistry, Director UK Catalysis Hub)
Dr David J. Willock – Senior lecturer in Physical Chemistry
Dr Jennifer Edwards – Research Fellow
Dr Sarwat Iqbal – Postdoctoral research associate