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Catalysis plays a vital industrial and economic role in allowing relatively inexpensive materials to be transformed into high value products. As societal challenges continue to emerge in health, materials, sustainability, food, environment and energy, the role of catalysts has never been more important in providing rapid, innovative and economic solutions.

 

The members of the Virtual Catalysis Centre have expertise across many areas of classical catalysis research and they are broadly grouped under six research themes.

 


reactivity_smNew Catalytic Reactivity

Can we fundamentally change the way we make molecules by developing new reactivity concepts and catalysts to make synthesis efficient, cheap, and quick?

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technology_smNew Catalytic Technology

Can new technology strategies lead to a step change in how we discover new reactions and catalysts, optimize processes, and manufacture value-added products?

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materials_smCatalysis with Materials

Can new technology strategies lead to a step change in how we discover new reactions and catalysts, optimize processes, and manufacture value-added products?

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sustainability_smCatalysis for Sustainability

Can we develop catalytic processes that convert renewable resource feedstock’s into new chemicals and fuels?

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energy_smEnergy Efficient Catalysis

Is catalysis capable of delivering energy efficient processes for the fine chemical production?

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biocatalysis_smNon-native Biocatalysis

Can we unlock the catalytic efficacy of enzymes beyond their native function to dramatically expand the biocatalysis toolbox of synthetic transformations?

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