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.
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.
- The Cardiff Catalysis Institute (CCI) is part of the School of Chemistry
- It is the largest research grouping in catalysis in the UK
- Its research activities cover most areas of catalysis
- It is one of the founder members of the UK Catalysis Hub
Our research in the CCI addresses the big challenges now facing science:
- the provision of clean water by controlling and destroying pollutants,
- protecting the atmosphere,
- using existing resources more efficiently
- developing low- and zero-carbon fuels
- 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
- Gold catalysis
- Environmental catalysis
- Catalyst discovery
- Catalyst synthesis
- Catalytic reaction mechanisms
- Theory and modelling
- Preparation, characterisation and evaluation of materials.
- Reviewing scientific literature.
- Written and verbal communication.
- Project planning and management.
- Laboratory supervision.
- Team working.
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.
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
Suitable for graduates with a good honours degree or equivalent in chemistry or a related subject. Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to pass IELTS (6.5)/TOEFL exams.
Note: International students pursuing part-time programmes of study are not eligible for Tier 4 General Student visas and must have alternative leave to remain in the UK if they intend to study at the University in person.
UK & EU Full Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
International Full Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
Next intake: The University has four entry points for research degrees; 1st October, 1st January, 1st April or 1st July
Name: Professor Thomas Wirth
Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 6968
Fax: +44 (0)29 2087 4030