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Catalysis in the Cardiff Catalysis Institute (PhD/MPhil)

PhD 3-4 years; MPhil 1-2 years (full-time) / n/a (part-time) / n/a (distance / e-Learning)

The School of Chemistry has developed a particular strength in Heterogeneous Catalysis and Surface Science, with a research group dedicated to this exciting area of study. As part of the Chemistry (PhD/MPhil) programme, students can conduct their research within this group.

Course Aims

To offer knowledge and expertise for a career in research and managerial roles in manufacturing industry (e.g. food, cosmetics, petrochemical etc), in academia, in the pharmaceuticals and fine chemical sectors, teaching, biomedical research fields.

Special Features

Course Description

Our research in the CCI addresses the big challenges now facing science:

  1. the provision of clean water by controlling and destroying pollutants,
  2. protecting the atmosphere,
  3. using existing resources more efficiently
  4. developing low- and zero-carbon fuels
  5. enabling sustainable food production.

We work closely with industry to ensure that the catalytic solutions that we discover or invent will be scaled-up and developed into commercial technologies.

Available Research Areas

Skills Acquired

Career Prospects

The career prospects for graduates of this programme are excellent. Recent graduates have a gone on to work for a number of well known international companies including Jaguar Land Rover and Johnson Matthey.

Distinguished Faculty

Professor Hutchings is a pre-eminent authority on heterogeneous catalysis, with a global reputation for the innovative catalytic use of gold nano-particles. He holds two of the most prestigious prizes in science - the Thompson Reuters Citation Laureate and the Davy Medal of the Royal Society.

Professor GJ Hutchings FRS, CCI director, Gold catalysis

Entry Requirements

Suitable for graduates with a good honours degree or equivalent in chemistry or a related subject.

Next intake: The University has four entry points for research degrees: 1 October, 1 January, 1 April, or 1 July

School Contact

Name: Dr Ben Ward  

Telephone: +44(0)29 2087 0302 

Fax: +44(0)29 2087 4030 


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