Research Centre in Catalysis and Intensified Processing
World class expertise in catalysis within Newcastle University is brought together under the banner of the University Research Centre in Catalysis and Intensified Processing.
The aim of the centre is to be the home for an internationally recognised grouping of researchers that work closely with industrial partners and tackle key catalytic and process problems all the way from conception through to commercialisation using a combination of chemistry and chemical engineering skills.
The research of the centre focuses on:
- Substantial transformation of synthetic routes for fine chemicals and pharmaceuticals production by innovative application of novel chemistry and methodologies resulting in remapping of synthetic processes and step-changes in sustainability achieved by:
- increased use of catalysis,
- immobilisation technologies,
- recycling methods,
- maximising sustainability including mass balance and E-factor,
- minimisation of number of solvents,
- reduction of number of synthetic steps,
- enhanced use of green solvents,
- minimisation of capital intensity.
- Transforming the energy economy to address the major challenges of decreasing fossil fuel supplies and the need to reduce CO2 emissions achieved by developing:
- hydrogen storage technologies,
- inorganic membranes for high temperature applications (eg CO2 capture),
- integrated production of energy and chemicals from biomass waste,
- electrocatalytic technologies,
catalytic chemistry to convert waste CO2 into useful chemicals.
Visit the Centre for Catalysis and Intensified Processing's website for further information.