The UK Catalysis Hub

Lead Research Organisation: University College London
Department Name: Chemistry

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 Catalysis

By 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.

Planned Impact

The establishment of the proposed coordinated UK programme in catalytic science with a physical hub in the Research Complex at Harwell will have wide ranging benefits and impact on the academic community and on industrial and manufacturing sectors in the UK; it will also have broader economic, environmental and social impact.

The chemical sector is a major component of UK industry, and includes global players such as GSK, Astra Zeneca, Pfizer, Johnson Matthey, BP and Unilever. Catalysis is at the heart of these industries and the underpinning fundamental science developed by the Centre will be of key importance in the development of future technologies.
The impact on the academic community will be broad. The coordinated programme will promote further collaborations between leading groups in catalytic science, but will also have impact on other disciplines including biosciences, materials and computational science. By contributing to facilities development, the project will also benefit the broader user community.

Societal impact will follow from advances enabled by the research in sustainable manufacturing, leading to greener and cleaner processes and products with reduced environmental impact. Contributions will also be made to the provision of sustainable energy and reductions in energy demands of manufacturing sectors. Additional societal impact will follow from the role of the fundamental research undertaken by the Centre in assisting the development of advanced routes to new pharmaceutical products.

The UK economy will benefit from the role of the Centre in assisting innovation in catalysis manufacture. The large and successful chemical sector, including over 3200 companies and a dynamic SME component, faces intense international competition. The collaborations and interactions both within the Centre and between the Centre and Industry will promote economic impact, which will extend beyond the chemical sector to industries that rely on advances in materials and processes, including automotive, aerospace and electronics sectors.

Knowledge exchange will be vigorously promoted by the programme through greater integration between the participating research groups and their extensive networks of collaborations and with scientists and facilities on the Harwell/RAL campus. This exchange will lead to scientific advances not only in the development of state-of-the-art equipment but also in sustainable chemical processes.

The impact on recruitment will be substantial by the provision of trained research workers whose skills will be necessary for R&D programmes required for market innovation to occur.

The management and dissemination plans are designed to maximise impact. The Management Board at the hub will monitor and advise on impact, while the annual dissemination conference will be aimed at the key beneficiaries.
The collaborating team has wide ranging experience in the dissemination of their science and the promotion of its impact to a wide range of stakeholders.

Publications

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Abdalla JA (2015) Cooperative bond activation and catalytic reduction of carbon dioxide at a group 13 metal center. in Angewandte Chemie (International ed. in English)

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Adedigba A (2017) On the synthesis and performance of hierarchical nanoporous TS-1 catalysts in Microporous and Mesoporous Materials

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Arnold PL (2019) Applications of boroxide ligands in supporting small molecule activation by U(iii) and U(iv) complexes. in Dalton transactions (Cambridge, England : 2003)

 
Description Here we summarise first the overall structure and achievement of the entire Hub project followed by highlighting some of the key contributions of the design theme.
The UK Catalysis Hub was founded with EPSRC funding in 2013 with three main aims:
• 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.
• To enable the UK to regain and retain a world leading position in catalysis.
The Hub has fully achieved these objectives: it has coordinated and developed the UK catalysis community, established strong and enduring interactions with UK industry and it is now widely known and recognised internationally. Key to its success has been its inclusivity, its effective management structure (described in more detail in the Annex) and its physical hub, based in the Research Complex (RCaH) on the Harwell campus. Its network of over forty university groups around the UK now includes the great majority of academic catalytic scientists, while its wide ranging scientific programme is increasingly integrating the different fields within catalytic science. Its physical centre on the Harwell campus has provided a focus for the community and has facilitated the application to catalytic science of the world-class neutron, synchrotron and laser facilities on the campus. Through both its scientific programme and its wide ranging and vibrant programme of activities (conferences, specialised workshops and outreach activities), the Hub has energised a broad community of scientists and facilitated wide ranging collaboration through multidisciplinary and multi-institution projects.

Structure, achievements and outputs from the initial Catalyst Hub
The Hub model of working is to bring together teams of researchers to tackle challenging catalysis problems. The teams are multicentre and multidisciplinary in nature and we have successfully used this way of working bringing together the catalysis community across the UK with forty-six universities engaging at present. In this section we describe the main achievements that this new way of working has achieved. More details of outputs and achievements from the Initial Catalysis Hub can be found at http://www.ukcatalysishub.co.uk/themes/outputs_from_the_cat_hub
Scientific Programme and Structure
The science of the UK Catalysis Hub was originally built round the four themes of Catalysis Design (PI Catlow), Environmental Catalysis (PI Hutchings), Catalysis for Energy (PI Hardacre) and Chemical Transformations (PI Davidson). The initial research projects followed those outlined in the original proposal to EPSRC and successfully established the programme. Subsequently the Hub has supported eighty-two novel and topical projects in catalytic science, following calls for project proposals across its scientific themes (procedures: http://www.ukcatalysishub.co.uk/interaction/call-for-projects-2015). This approach has allowed Hub science to evolve and to address key current and future challenges - e.g. catalysis for de-NOx reactions, and biobutanol production and utilisation - as well as ongoing support for strategically relevant problems such as water purification, particulate destruction in automotive exhaust and clean hydrogen production. One of the most important developments concerned the use and development of Biocatalysis and Biotransformations which was identified as a key, industrially relevant area of research and with EPSRC support was added as a 5th theme in 2015.
The Harwell Hub
The physical hub in the RCaH has been crucial to the success of the whole Hub project. It has provided first class facilities for research in catalytic science, including a suite of catalysis laboratories for the preparation and analysis for Hub research which not only supports the Design theme, based in the RCaH, but also acts as a resource for the whole community. The laboratories have been used effectively by visiting scientists including those undertaking experimental work on the central facilities from groups across the UK, while promoting fruitful interactions with other groups in the RCAH and the Harwell campus more broadly. The Hub has supported early career researchers from eight institutions to collaborate with Hub scientists through the affiliate researcher scheme. In addition, it has housed a successful team of graduate students (currently thirteen) who have responded well to the scientific environment of the Harwell campus. The campus has also proved to be a very effective base for the Hub's community building and development activities, while the proximity of the RCaH to the central facilities on the campus has facilitated the growth of their use in catalytic science.
Exploitation of Facilities
A key component of the work of the Hub, which has been coordinated by the Design theme, 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. Notable achievements include:
• X-Ray spectroscopy in catalytic science, where the Catalysis Hub in association with Diamond has led a highly successful Block allocation Group (BAG) on the Core XAFS beamline and has supported more than twenty research groups across ten institutions including new users. This access to beam time has resulted in more than thirty-two publications. The Hub has also developed a number of in situ analysis techniques including operando XAFS/DRIFTS technique and ongoing projects include the development of combined SpaciFB-XAS techniques under thermal and plasma control and new microreactor facilities.
• Development of tomographic imaging - a novel and significant development using both Diamond and ESRF facilities which has allowed the imaging of real catalytic system in operando.
• 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 research through conference and workshops (e.g. neutrons for catalysis in November 2015) 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 and Quasi Elastic Neutron Scattering (QENS) and small angle scattering probing molecular transport, surface speciation and confined liquid structures for a range of catalytic system. Exemplar studies have been highlighted in a recent special issue of PCCP on "Neutron scattering in catalysis and energy materials" (Phys Chem Chem Phys 18 2016) which was edited by Hub scientists (Silverwood, Parker and Catlow). The Hub is also incentivising instrument upgrades and is the major driver for the proposed catalysis laboratory within ISIS.
• Development of laser techniques in catalytic science, where McGregor (Sheffield) led a Hub project on Optical tweezers for interrogation of catalysts and Beale, (RCaH, UCL) developed techniques including Kerr gated Raman and Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging (FLIM) for catalysis applications. The applications of Laser techniques for catalysis was disseminated to the community in a workshop in collaboration with the CLF (Lasers for catalysis in May 2016).
Dissemination, Advocacy and Outreach
The Hub has supported dissemination and interaction of the community through biannual conferences for the Hub network. These have promoted innovation in catalytic science. For example a lecture by Aldridge (Oxford chemistry) led to a new collaboration in biocatalysis with St Andrews (Kamer) and a project in the Biocatalysis theme. The Hub organised a number of conferences including two Faraday Discussions and two Royal Society Discussion meetings which have promoted interaction with the wider national and international community. In addition, the Hub has supported the development of an annual UK Catalysis Conference covering all aspects of catalytic science and engineering, now in its 4th year with annual participation of over two hundred UK researchers from academia and industry. The Hub also sponsored a number of workshops for the use of new techniques in catalysis including EPR, Advanced materials and Synchrotron techniques, neutron scattering in catalysis, as well as consulting on the development of an industrial beamline for catalysis with Diamond. International engagement has included joint workshops with catalytic scientists in Korea, South Africa and The Paul Scherrer Insitute in Switzerland. In addition, our research has been presented at numerous international conferences including the International Catalysis Congress (ICC-2016), British Zeolite association conferences (2015, 2016), EuChems (2016), NAMS (2016), Gordon Research Conferences June 2016 and multiple Faraday discussions. These and other platforms have been used for advocacy of Hub contributions to catalytic science. Broader outreach activities engaging the general public include a catalytic science exhibition at the Harwell campus open day (2015) and exhibits at the Royal Society Summer Exhibition in 2014 and 2017.
Outputs
The Hub has been highly productive scientifically. In its four years of operation Hub science across the Catalysis Design, Environmental Catalysis, Catalysis for Energy, Chemical Transformations and Biocatalysis themes has led to one hundred and seventy-two research outputs (which is anticipated to double by the end of the current grants) across heterogeneous, homogeneous biocatalysis and engineering including high impact papers in Science, Nature, Nature Chemistry, ACS Catalysis, Chem. Sci., Chem. Mater., Angewandte Chemie, JACS and Chemical Reviews. The Hub has also, as noted led a special issue of PCCP on neutron scattering and catalysis and a book (Modern developments in Catalysis, Imperial College Press) largely written by early career Hub scientists.
Community Development
The Hub has placed considerable emphasis on the development of a strong and active network for catalytic science in the UK and has contributed to the development of the field by promoting new collaborations and techniques.
Much of this development has been achieved by its conferences and workshops and notable aspects include the following:
• Fostering of new collaborations from community interaction - e.g the new project involving Kamer and Aldridge referred to above and the developing collaboration between, O'Malley (Hub ECR, Cardiff) and Speybroeck (Ghent), Thompson (QUB) and Beale (RCaH, UCL) on partial oxidation of methane.
• Support for ECRs where our regular conference series has allowed interaction and liaison, especially for those new to the field or the UK and where our funding streams have assisted some ECRs in developing their programs. ECRs employed on Hub projects have been particularly successful with several moving in the last two years to permanent academic and industrial appointments. Currently twelve hub RAS have moved to academic positions and seven to industrial positions.
• Strengthening the technical base of UK catalysis by introducing groups to new methods and approaches, especially those based on central facilities, but also including EPR and electron microscopy. This aspect has been particularly productive through the provision of the BAG arrangements with Diamond managed through the Hub.
Added Value of the Hub approach
The Hub has provided substantial added value and has effectively exploited its flexibility and autonomy. The achievements summarised above have been crucially dependent on the Hub structure, but the following also deserve particular note:
• Leverage of additional funding - Alignment of iCASE awards (3 JM, 2 Glasgow), 10 additional PhD working with Hub projects, 14 MSc/ BSc Projects, 5.5 years additional PDRA provided by CoIs plus the Institutional contribution of CoI time (£0.75M).
• Flexibility in continuation of strategic projects, for example the in situ healing of composites (Wass, Bristol), which has had major impact and has attracted widespread attention including from the media.
• Support of high risk blue sky research of which the project on the control and optimisation of nano-particle separation in catalytic system proposed by a Hub ECR, Simon Beaumont is a good example, with exciting novel results leading to publication and new bids for funding.
• Rapid adoption of new techniques and ability to steer and modify projects, for example, the work of Beale on molybdenum based zeolite catalysts which used laser based imaging techniques to understand deactivation processes.
• Concerted use of computation with facilities based experiment, facilitated by the location of a small modelling team within the RCaH, has had major impact as in our recent study of acetylene hydrochlorination which used modelling and XAS in a concerted manner.
• Cross fertilisation between different areas and approaches as in the recent on-going study of protein nano-particle interactions in promoting catalytic processes.
Main achievements of the first phase of the Hub in "design" and "environment" relevant to phase 2
Focussing now on the Design and Environmental Themes of phase 1 of the Hub, major progress has been achieved during the last four years with significant contribution to the development of catalytic science in the UK and internationally. The main achievements can be summarised as follows:
• It has resulted in a substantial body of published work (over seventy-seven to date) in major international journals including Nature, Science, ACS Catalysis and Chemistry of Materials. Highlights include work on the control and characterisation of metal nano-particles on supported nano-metallic catalysts,1,2 and recent elucidation of the structural and mechanistic properties of the industrially used gold supported acetylene hydrochlorination catalyst3. These examples illustrate the way in which Hub science has developed a powerful combination of facilities based experimentation with computation for probing complex catalytic systems and processes.
• It has substantially advanced the harnessing of synchrotron, neutron scattering and more recently laser, central facilities to catalytic science. The Hub team has contributed to key instrumental developments as in our work2 on combining in situ EXAFS with DRIFTS spectroscopy in probing the evolution of catalysts during their operation. It has also made a major contribution to exploiting fully the potential of neutron scattering techniques in the field, illustrated by our recent work on MTG catalysis4,5 and is beginning to realise the potential of laser techniques in catalytic science, as discussed further below.
• It has effectively combined computational modelling with experiment, to achieve a coordinated approach to the development of a molecular understanding of catalysis. The work on acetylene hydrochlorination referred to above provides an excellent example where mechanistic information from modelling complemented structural models from X-Ray spectroscopy, while our study of the fundamental mechanisms of the MTG process, also referred to above has successfully combined inelastic neutron spectroscopy with molecular dynamics and DFT based modelling.
• It has facilitated the interaction of industry with Hub science especially relating to exploitation of facilities. For example Johnson Matthey (JM) seconded a member of their staff (Dr. Paul Collier) part time to the Harwell Hub which has led to further growth of the company's involvement in the use of synchrotron based techniques and new developments in their use of neutron scattering methods. In addition JM have provide some of their iCase Awards to be managed by the Hub and located on the Harwell campus. This approach proved to be highly successful and has helped to disseminate an understanding of the industrial needs and priorities throughout the Hub team.

The location of the majority of the Hub team in the Research Complex at Harwell has been crucial in achieving these successes, particularly relating to the facilities based science, which will continue to be a vital feature of the new phase of the programme. A large number of these studies have involved engineers and scientists working together in catalysis and interacting with the Hub activities on the Harwell site, which provides unprecedented access to research facilitates on site with which to support and develop the links with the central facilities, predominantly Diamond and ISIS. For example, work within phase 1 has demonstrated the ability of neutrons to probe liquid phase reactions in-situ obtaining time-resolved structural measurements within the pores of a catalyst. Furthermore a novel development includes the study of the active centre of catalysts under realistic liquid phase conditions using XAS. The combination of these techniques will provide invaluable understanding in our future research programme
The centre of the Hub at Harwell has developed a number of catalysis labs for preparation and analysis for Hub research including the design theme , as a resource for the community and to support visiting scientists for facilities experiments it has been visited by groups across the UK and other groups in the RCAH and the harwell campus including, Diamond ISIS, JM, MXIF, the Robinson Group, and researchers from more than thirteen institutions across the hub network. The hub has also supported Early career researchers from eight institutions to collaborate with the hub through the affiliate researcher scheme. The hub as greatly supported dissemination and interaction of the community through biannual conferences for the hub network. A Talk by Pin Simon Aldridge (oxford chemistry)) lead to a new collaboration in Biocaltalysis with St Andrews (Paul Kamer) and a project in the Biocatalysis theme. The Hub has also organised a number of conferences including two faraday discussions and two royal society discussion t interact with the wider national and international community. In addition, the Hub has supported the Development of the UK combined catalysis Conference designed to existing Specialist Interest Groups in Catalysis together to integrate and support networking between fields of catalysis. The hub has also worked on a number of workshop for the use of new techniques in catalysis including EPR, Advanced materials and Synchrotron techniques as well as consulting on the development of an industrial beamline for catalysis with Diamond.
Exploitation Route key developments in advanced techniques and computational modelling will benefit the entire catalysis community
e.g • X-Ray spectroscopy in catalytic science, where the Catalysis Hub in association with Diamond has led a highly successful Block allocation Group (BAG) on the Core XAFS beamline and has supported more than twenty research groups across ten institutions including new users. This access to beam time has resulted in more than thirty-two publications. The Hub has also developed a number of in situ analysis techniques including operando XAFS/DRIFTS technique and ongoing projects include the development of combined SpaciFB-XAS techniques under thermal and plasma control and new microreactor facilities.
• Development of tomographic imaging - a novel and significant development using both Diamond and ESRF facilities which has allowed the imaging of real catalytic system in operando.
• 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 research through conference and workshops (e.g. neutrons for catalysis in November 2015) 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 and Quasi Elastic Neutron Scattering (QENS) and small angle scattering probing molecular transport, surface speciation and confined liquid structures for a range of catalytic system. Exemplar studies have been highlighted in a recent special issue of PCCP on "Neutron scattering in catalysis and energy materials" (Phys Chem Chem Phys 18 2016) which was edited by Hub scientists (Silverwood, Parker and Catlow). The Hub is also incentivising instrument upgrades and is the major driver for the proposed catalysis laboratory within ISIS.
• Development of laser techniques in catalytic science, where McGregor (Sheffield) led a Hub project on Optical tweezers for interrogation of catalysts and Beale, (RCaH, UCL) developed techniques including Kerr gated Raman and Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging (FLIM) for catalysis applications. The applications of Laser techniques for catalysis was disseminated to the community in a workshop in collaboration with the CLF (Lasers for catalysis in May 2016).
Sectors Agriculture, Food and Drink,Chemicals,Education,Energy,Environment,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology,Pharmaceuticals and Medical Biotechnology

URL http://www.ukcatalysishub.co.uk
 
Description The UK Catalysis Hub is already producing outputs in key areas of catalytic science including in situ and operando studies, redox catalysis, homogeneous catalysis, polymerization catalysis and photocatalysis and new IP has been created in this initial phase. Research at the Hub is benchmarked internationally via our External Advisory Board and is closely linked with industry via our Industrial Advisory Panel which has over 20 members. These findings have been used to enable new projects that will start in 2015 as part of the UK catalysis Hub Grant. The findings have also be used to create interest and develop collaborations with industry, and to develop new techniques and understanding of catalytic processes that will be fundamental to developing better catalysts and processes The Catalysis Hub was founded with EPSRC funding in 2013 with three main aims: • 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. • To enable the UK to regain and retain a world leading position in catalysis. The Hub has fully achieved these objectives: it has coordinated and developed the UK Catalysis community; it has established strong and enduring interactions with UK industry; and it is now widely known and recognised internationally. Key to its success has been its inclusivity, its effective management structure (described in more detail in the Annex) and its physical hub, based in the Research Complex (RCaH) on the Harwell campus. Its network of forty-one university groups around the UK now includes the great majority of academic catalytic scientists, while its wide ranging scientific programme is increasingly integrating the different fields within catalytic science. Its physical centre at the Harwell campus has provided a focus for the community and has facilitated the application to catalytic science of the world-class neutron, synchrotron and laser facilities on the campus. Through its scientific programme and its wide ranging and vibrant programme of activities including conferences, specialised workshops and outreach activities, the Hub has energised a broad community of scientists and facilitated wide ranging collaboration through multidisciplinary and multi-institution projects. The scientific program has already had extensive impact including skills development for the research associates in the hub, a large number of publications and many scientific developments including patents. Below are three 'impact highlights' from the UK catalysis Hub Neutrons in Catalysis (Hub Harwell) In association with ISIS the Hub held a workshop on, "Neutron Techniques in Catalysis" in Nov 2014. There were a mix of delegates from industry and academia, with over fifty attendees. This helped to provide training and knowledge transfer to catalytic community who may previously not have used neutrons leading to a range of new users including Johnson Matthey, Academics from Southampton university and UCL. Following this workshop scientists from ISIS, The Catalysis Hub and Johnson Matthey proposed and led a special issue of PCCP edition, "Neutron scattering in catalysis and energy materials" (see Dissemination ) Industrial Importance: Use of Neutrons for catalysis research has led to industrial relevance NOx emissions from the energy and transport sectors represent a major hazard to human health and this has been the focus of significant industrial and academic research. One of the important processes in the armoury available for emissions control from vehicles, large and small, power stations, ships, trains and non-road machinery is the selective catalytic reduction reaction (SCR), in which a reductant such as ammonia, urea or hydrocarbon fuel, is injected into the exhaust to reduce the NO and NO2 (NOx) to harmless nitrogen. The use of urea (which is broken down to NH3 under operating conditions) as a reductant in SCR is a key successful strategy in R&D in diesel emissions control R&D and is already used on modern vehicles, but will become much more prevalent in the near future. The typical catalysts used for urea (and ammonia) SCR include those based on vanadium oxide, iron supported on a zeolite, and copper supported on a zeolite (Cu/zeo). The Cu/zeo materials have proven to be extremely active for SCR, and also demonstrate excellent long term stability, and are therefore often the prime choice for use in the catalytic SCR system. Research projects carried out at Johnson Matthey, as well as elsewhere, have highlighted the excellent performance of small pore zeolites, such as chabazite (CHA) combined with Cu for the SCR reaction. With such small pore systems it is very important to understand not only the intrinsic NH3-NO reaction kinetics and the chemistry of the active sites, but also the diffusion processes that might be important in the design of an optimum SCR catalyst. Presented by Johnson Matthey: 14th International Conference on Applications of Quasielastic Neutron Scattering, 58th September, 2016, Potsdam, Germany (I. Hitchcock, Measuring diffusion of ammonia in zeolite NOx emissions control catalysts).
Sector Chemicals,Education,Energy,Environment,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology,Pharmaceuticals and Medical Biotechnology,Transport
Impact Types Economic

 
Description CASE Award x 3 in association with the Catalysis Hub (Southampton and Glasgow)
Amount £207,000 (GBP)
Organisation Johnson Matthey 
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2016 
End 09/2020
 
Description EP/M013219/1 Biocatalysis & Biotransformation: A 5th Theme for the National Catalysis Hub
Amount £3,103,987 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/M013219/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2015 
End 03/2020
 
Description Impact Acceleration Fellowships
Amount £142,435 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/M010538/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 07/2014 
End 07/2016
 
Description Industrial CASE Award
Amount £69,524 (GBP)
Organisation Johnson Matthey 
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2015 
End 01/2018
 
Title XAFS DRIFTS methods 
Description WE have developed a flow system, gas handling and use of a DRIFS spectrometer in combination with XAFS ( at both diamond light source and ESRF) to study insitu and operando catalysis reactions looking at the reaction and structure of the catalysis to increase mechanistic and fundamental understanding of catalytic processes the expertise and equipment through BLock access to B18 on diamond light-source is now available as a resource for the community 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2016 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact A number of publications have arisen from this research tool, additional funding for development of a flow Cell as been secured as an INDUSTRIAL CASE award 
 
Description C*Change Catalysis Network south africa 
Organisation University of Cape Town
Department Department of Oceanography
Country South Africa 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Organisation of network meeting between C*Change members and the Catalysis Hub leading to at least one Diamond beam line experiment as a collaboration (results pending)
Collaborator Contribution intellect input and samples of collaborative experiments for Catalysis using Diamond lightsource
Impact succesful beam time applications
Start Year 2015
 
Description Collaboration with Ceri Hammond on research leading to publications 
Organisation Cardiff University
Department Cardiff Catalysis Institute
PI Contribution Ceri traveld to the Hub and Centre at Harwell to collaborate on research wirth N Dimitratos leading to work including N. Dimitratos, C. Hammond, P. P. Wells; Liquid phase oxidation using Au-based catalyst; Book chapter in Gold Catalysis: Preparation, Characterization and Applications (2015) Pan Stanford Publishing
Collaborator Contribution work on gold nanoparticles
Impact Publications N. Dimitratos, C. Hammond, P. P. Wells; Liquid phase oxidation using Au-based catalyst; Book chapter in Gold Catalysis: Preparation, Characterization and Applications (2015) Pan Stanford Publishing
Start Year 2013
 
Description Collaboration with ISIS neutron and muon source and Johnson Matthe and development of a special edition of PCCP 
Organisation Johnson Matthey
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution In association with ISIS the Hub held a workshop on, "Neutron Techniques in Catalysis" in Nov 2014. There were a mix of delegates from industry and academia, with over fifty attendees. This helped to provide training and knowledge transfer to catalytic community who may previously not have used neutrons leading to a range of new users including Johnson Matthey, Academics from Southampton university and UCL. Following this workshop scientists from ISIS, The Catalysis Hub and Johnson Matthey proposed and led a special issue of PCCP edition, "Neutron scattering in catalysis and energy materials"
Collaborator Contribution talks and co organsiation of papers, "Neutron Techniques in Catalysis" in Nov 2014 knowledge and interaction and the contribution of papers and newtork expertise for special issue of PCCP edition, "Neutron scattering in catalysis and energy materials"
Impact special edition of PCCP Neutron scattering in catalysis and energy materials" and increasing use of ISIS beamtime for catalysis research and recognition of the importance of neutron techniques for Johnson matthey (industrial) especially in the region of automotive catalysis and Selective catalytic reduction
Start Year 2015
 
Description Collaboration with ISIS neutron and muon source and Johnson Matthe and development of a special edition of PCCP 
Organisation Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC)
Department ISIS Neutron and Muon Source
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution In association with ISIS the Hub held a workshop on, "Neutron Techniques in Catalysis" in Nov 2014. There were a mix of delegates from industry and academia, with over fifty attendees. This helped to provide training and knowledge transfer to catalytic community who may previously not have used neutrons leading to a range of new users including Johnson Matthey, Academics from Southampton university and UCL. Following this workshop scientists from ISIS, The Catalysis Hub and Johnson Matthey proposed and led a special issue of PCCP edition, "Neutron scattering in catalysis and energy materials"
Collaborator Contribution talks and co organsiation of papers, "Neutron Techniques in Catalysis" in Nov 2014 knowledge and interaction and the contribution of papers and newtork expertise for special issue of PCCP edition, "Neutron scattering in catalysis and energy materials"
Impact special edition of PCCP Neutron scattering in catalysis and energy materials" and increasing use of ISIS beamtime for catalysis research and recognition of the importance of neutron techniques for Johnson matthey (industrial) especially in the region of automotive catalysis and Selective catalytic reduction
Start Year 2015
 
Description Collaboration with Johnson Matthey 
Organisation Johnson Matthey
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Johnson Matthey have placed a research fellow within the catalysis hub which has lead to a number of scientific advancements for both parties, , and events including the neutrons for catalysis workshop whihc was run between Johnson Matthey, the UK catalysis Hub and ISIS. Collaborations with the UK catalysis HUb ave lead to Johnson Matheys having increased interaction with Diamond and ISIS and CLF including developing new capability and discovering new techniques. It also lead to the appopintment of a IMPACT fellow from Johnson Matthey ~( Rachel O'malley) as part of the Impact acceleeration grant
Collaborator Contribution JM have provided materials precursors and contrbuted to a number of projects intallectualy and finacially including awarding of several case Phd Projects
Impact Chemistry, materials science
Start Year 2014
 
Description Collaboration with Johnson Matthey 
Organisation Johnson Matthey
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The research team have approached Johnson Matthey in order to gain an industrial input, as part of an ongoing collaboration.
Collaborator Contribution Contact between Johnson Matthey and the investigators of this project are helping to direct research towards areas of industrial interest.
Impact This collaboration has lead to the inclusion of industrial expertise into our research planing.
Start Year 2016
 
Description collaboration with Lennon Group From Glasgow university 
Organisation University of Glasgow
Department Institute of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Hosting mentoring and consulting on the projects of two CASE Students from Glasgow who are seconded to Harwell with the Catalysis Hub. Providing access to Catalysis hub analysis and testing equipment
Collaborator Contribution Aligning two case Students with the Hub research portfolio and ethos.
Impact ongoing leading to two PHDs
Start Year 2016
 
Description collaboration woth SFN 
Organisation Solar Fuels Network
Country Unknown 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution discussions to match skills and research to maximise the potential for innovations in solar fuels and energy
Collaborator Contribution discussions to match skills and research to maximise the potential for innovations in solar fuels and energy
Impact meeting April 2014 to develop collaborations and proposals
Start Year 2017
 
Description 18TH INTERNATIONAL ZEOLITE CONFERENCE 19-24TH JUNE, 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Arun Chitia gave a talk theoretical studies on the active site of Tin and cobalt substituted AFI
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description 2 talks atXAFS 2015 Karlsruhe, Germany, September 2015 - oral presentation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact 2 taks on XAFS and XAFS/Drifts at the confernce
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description 2 talksand 2 posters at The science of Co2 capture and conversion , Varaderro Cuba 2015 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Emma gibson (catalysis Hub), Scott rogers,Peter Wells (catalysis at Harwell), Alexander O'mallet and Pierre Senecal (related to impact project) gave talsk at the Science of CO2 conference in Cuba and spoke to the British ambassador in Cub as well as interacting with the international community
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Bilateral meeting with South African Catalysis Newtworks 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact THe activity was a joint workshop between the UK catalysis Hub and The South Africa Catalysis network C*Change a number of scientist from both networks gave talks and designet to lead to collaboration

there is currently a joint beamtime occuring at Diamond
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Bloomsbury Festival 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact The Bloomsbury Festival is an annual, free celebration taking place across Bloomsbury. It was a programme of over 200 cultural events and activities taking place over 6 days (15-20th October 2013). CNIE presentation resulted in strong interests from participants and follow-up engagement activity afterwards.

CNIE developed a good links with other research institutions, individual researches and professionals who have interest in area of Natural Inspired Engineering.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description EPR and Catalysis 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The Catalysis Hub sponsored a one day (July 22, 2016) meeting devoted to EPR (or ESR) spectroscopy in catalysis research. The symposium focused on the broad range of applications for advanced EPR techniques in the study of catalytic systems, including heterogeneous, homogeneous and biological examples and more broadly for the investigation of advanced materials. The invited speakers covered topics including radicals and defects on metal oxide surfaces, earth abundant metals in homogeneous catalysis, spin-trapping techniques for the detection of free radical radicals in solution and applications of EPR for the investigation of complex materials. The symposium offered a non-technical introduction to EPR spectroscopy, exemplifying and demonstrating the power of the technique for studies in catalysis. The event was attended by over forty attendees, including numerous PhD students, with participants from Industry.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Earth Abundant metal Catalysis conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact the first EAMCAT conference was hosted at the Harwell Campus jointly organised by the Catalysis Hub and Robin Bedford (Bristol) to interact with a new part of the catalysis Community and create engagement with industry
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Harwell Open Day - catalysis Marquee 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact We hosted a catalysis Marquee with demonstrations and activities including a fuel cell car, bio waste reactor, gold catalysis photocatalysis and fuels
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.harwellcampus.com/open-days/
 
Description Lasers for Catalysis 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Lasers for Catalysis
The UK Catalysis Hub in collaboration with the Central Laser Facility (STFC) arranged a one day workshop (May 2016) on the use of Laser techniques in for Catalysis. The workshop combined talks from Laser scientists and users. Prior knowledge was not needed and the workshop was aimed at increasing knowledge of laser techniques in the catalysis community. The event was attended by approximately fifty members of the Catalysis Hub and has already succeeded in promoting the use of laser technology in catalytic science.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Neutrons in Catalysis 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The UK Catalysis Hub, in association with the ISIS Neutron and Muon Facility, hosted and ran a two-day meeting about neutron scattering with an emphasis on catalytically relevant techniques. The meeting took place at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL), and aimed to encourage use of the neutron facilities available both at ISIS and beyond. Speakers from ISIS and international neutron sources gave talks about a range of techniques used to probe catalyst systems, these were then complemented by successful examples and case studies by experienced users. Prior knowledge of neutron techniques was not needed, and current users were also encouraged to come and broaden their knowledge of associated techniques. Over fifty attendees from academic and industrial institutions across the UK attended the event. The workshop also included a lively poster session sponsored by Johnson Matthey and dinner to facilitate further discussions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Oral presentation and poster at Operando V, Deauville, France May 2015 - poster 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact E gibson )Catalysis Hub) and P Wells (Catalysis at Harwell) gave excellent talks on techniques developed by the hub and the centre at Harwell
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Organiation and participation of a Royal society Discussion meeting Catalysis improving society 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The successful operation of catalysis lies at the heart of the wellbeing of society and this meeting will address modern developments in designing improved catalysts especially in non traditional application areas such as water purification. We will bring together scientists across the breadth of catalysis (heterogeneous, homogeneous and bio) bridging the expertise of chemists, engineers, bio-scientists and theoreticians.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://royalsociety.org/science-events-and-lectures/2015/06/catalysis-dm/
 
Description Organisation of a Royal society satellite meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Catalysis making the world a better place
Scientific meeting

Satellite meeting organised by Professor Graham Hutchings FRS, Professor Richard Catlow FRS, Professor Christopher Hardacre and Professor Matthew Davidson

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Event details

This satellite meeting will address modern developments in designing improved catalysts for environmental benefit. We will bring together scientists across the breadth of catalysis (heterogeneous, homogeneous and bio) bridging the expertise of chemists, engineers, bio-scientists and theoretician
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://royalsociety.org/science-events-and-lectures/2015/06/catalysis-sm/
 
Description ROyal Society Summer Science Exhibition - Zoom for improvement 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Royal society summer sicience exhibition - Zoom for improvement Catalysis is everywhere - it makes chemical reactions more efficient and faster, so we can produce more products that we need for a cheaper price. The fuel in your car has been made from crude oil, using a series of catalytic reactions to allow the fuel to flow and burn correctly, delivering energy to your car. The gases produced are processed in the car's catalytic converter which uses catalysis to transform polluting carbon and nitrogen oxides that are the result of burning the fuel into environmentally benign compounds. Over 80% of the nitrogen in the proteins in your body has been derived from fertilizers produced using catalysis.

We are working in the 'Green Chemistry' research field, working to realise a sustainable future for the world. We want to understand catalysis and the materials we use to produce everyday goods and energy - and to produce fuels and other chemicals using renewable resources from plant material. We want to move to a more sustainable economy where the things we use and the energy we need is produced in a renewable way.

Because catalysis is a molecule by molecule process, we need to understand how it works and study materials at the level of individual atoms using very powerful 'electron microscopes'. We also use very high energy light to look at catalysts at this scale while they are working, to understand and improve catalyst materials. We are recreating industrial conditions in the lab and are working out what makes a good or bad catalyst. We have discovered that the most promising catalysts are solids containing molecules called nanoparticles.

Our research is revealing more about catalysis and how it can help us move towards a more sustainable future
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://royalsociety.org/science-events-and-lectures/2017/summer-science-exhibition/exhibits/zoom-fo...
 
Description Spotlight on drifts 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact this is an informative piece and lead to more use of the machine
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.ses.ac.uk/2017/09/27/drifts-spectrometer/
 
Description UK Catalysis Hub Conferences 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The Catalysis Hub runs two conferences per year for members of the Hub and for the wider catalysis community. These conferences showcase catalysis research focusing on the work of the Hub. Speakers include researchers from the Catalysis Hub and internationally renowned speakers and industrialists who cover a range of topics including biocatalysis, homogeneuos and heterogeneous catalysis, reaction engineering and industrial catalysis. In addition, poster sessions highlights the projects across the Hub and provide a lively forum for discussion and dissemination of catalytic science.
One aim of the UK Catalysis Hub is to develop the next generation of researchers. To facilitate this aim, the UK Catalysis Hub arranges an annual summer conference focusing on providing a forum for the research associates to present their work and interact. Attendance at the conferences is consistently over 100 people. Dinner speakers have included EPSRC, international academics and industrialists
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013,2014,2015,2016,2017
 
Description UK Catalysis Hub LAunch 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact the launch of the second phase of the UK Catalysis Hub to be held at the Royal Society on 15th February; phase 2 of the Hub is supported by a £16M investment from EPSRC, following a highly successful initial phase The Hub involves over 40 UK research groups throughout the UK working on collaborative programmes in key areas of catalytic science and with a physical centre on the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus. As catalysis is of key importance to the UK and global economy there is also strong and growing industrial involvement with the work of the Hub.
The launch event will highlight both the achievements of the Hub and the wider significance and importance of catalytic science, while looking forward to the future opportunities and challenges. It will include presentations from both academic and industrial members of the Hub community and from key stakeholders.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Webinar for IChemE Catalysis Special Interest Group 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact The webinar discussed how we can learn lessons from nature (leaves, lungs and chaperonins) to design andtree synthesise more efficient porous catalysts, not only at the nm-scale but also up to macroscopic length scales relevant to practical applications. The nature-inspired catalyst designs implement fundamental mechanisms underlying desirable features in natural systems, like scalability, efficiency and robustness. It generated an interest from other academics.

Some of the participants expressed an interest in collaborative research in the future.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://www.icheme.org/communities/special-interest-groups/catalysis/events/2013/a%20nature-inspired%...
 
Description Working at the Bio-Chemo Interface 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The UK Catalysis Hub organised an event jointly sponsored by the EPSRC Catalysis Hub and BBSRC BIOCATNET to stimulate and encourage collaborations at the interface of hetero-/homogeneous catalysis and biocatalysts. This event was attended by over eighty people from both traditional chemo catalysis and the biocatalysts community. Talks covered a wide range of topics including Hydrogen Activation, Biorefining, Biofuels, Synthesis, Modelling artificial enzymes, Upstream and Downstream Processing and Miniaturisation. The event was attended by 60 sciences from across both the Bio and Chemical catalysis community and from Industry and academia. Spirited discussions at the networking opportunities lead to a number of the proposals submitted to the bio transformations theme
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016