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EPSRC Reference: EP/R026645/1
Title: The UK Catalysis Hub - 'Science': 2 Catalysis at the Water-Energy Nexus
Principal Investigator: Hardacre, Professor C
Other Investigators:
Marr, Dr A Ross, Dr AB Hutchings, Professor G
Turner, Professor NJ Catlow, Professor R Mulholland, Professor AJ
Azapagic, Professor A Plucinski, Dr P Wilson, Professor K
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
Department: Chem Eng and Analytical Science
Organisation: University of Manchester, The
Scheme: Standard Research
Starts: 01 December 2018 Ends: 30 November 2023 Value (£): 4,010,674
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Catalysis & Applied Catalysis Design & Testing Technology
Design of Process systems
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Manufacturing Chemicals
Environment Energy
Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology Water
Related Grants:
Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
25 Jan 2018 UK Catalysis Hub Next Steps Funding Interviews Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
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 totalled over £50B annually 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, to achieve which the UK Catalysis Hub was established in 2013; and has succeeded over the last four years in bringing together over 40 university groups for innovative and collaborative research programmes in this key area of contemporary science. The success of the Hub can be attributed to its inclusive and open ethos which has resulted in many groups joining its network since its foundation in 2013; to its strong emphasis on collaboration; and to its physical hub on the Harwell campus in close proximity to the Diamond synchrotron, ISIS neutron source and Central Laser Facility, whose successful exploitation for catalytic science has been a major feature of the recent science of the Hub.

The next phase of the Catalysis Hub will build on this success and while retaining the key features and structure of the current hub will extend its programmes both nationally and internationally. The future hub structure will comprise a core programme which will coordinate the scientific themes of the Hub, which in the initial stages of the next phase will comprise:

- Optimising, predicting and designing new catalysts -

- Catalysis at the water - energy nexus

- Catalysis for the Circular Economy and Sustainable Manufacturing

- Biocatalysis and bio-transformations.

The present project concerns the second of these themes whose overall aim is to develop catalytic processes and technology to address the issues of clean water, more efficient utilisation/valorisation of water systems and the use of water as a reaction medium or reagent. This theme ignificantly expands on research from the energy and environmental themes of phase 1 of the UK Catalysis Hub as well as opening up new avenues of research and the incorporation of life cycle analysis and simulation science as strands running through the rest of the experimental programme. The theme will comprise the following main work packages:



- Treatment of High Ionic Strength Waste Water;

- Catalytic treatment to reduce biofouling of membranes;

- Energy-efficient catalytic advanced oxidation processes for water and wastewater treatment;

- Catalytic transformations in and with water;

- Energy and fuels from waste water;

- Life cycle sustainability assessment;

- Modelling.

The project will interact strongly with the other hub science projects. The Hub structure is intrinsically multidisciplinary including extensive input from engineering as well as science disciplines and with strong interaction and cross-fertilisation between the different themes. The thematic structure will allow then Hub to cover the major areas of current catalytic science

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