Diamond welcomes news of new funding for the UK Catalysis Hub

Diamond continues its long-running support of the UK Catalysis Hub to help scientists propel the delivery of new green technology, which has secured an additional £14 million in funding from EPSRC.

Diamond welcomes this week’s news that the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), which is part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), has announced a new £14 million investment into the UK’s Catalysis Hub, supporting a nationwide research programme. Catalysis science, as explored at the Hub, is critical for the country’s chemical, energy, pharmaceutical, food, personal care and materials sectors. Researchers working on the next generation of catalysts are increasing their use of the world-class experimental facilities available at Diamond, as the UK Catalysis Hub is located next to the synchrotron at the Research Complex at Harwell (RCaH).

Professor Andrew Dent, Diamond’s Deputy Director of Physical Sciences, comments,

We have strong links with the UK Catalysis Hub which utilise a variety of techniques such as spectroscopy, crystallography and imaging across a wide range of Diamond’s portfolio of beamlines. In addition the Hub has a Block Allocation Group (BAG) on the X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy (XAS) beamline B18 at Diamond, allowing them to more effectively carry out research.

Diamond’s strong partnership with the Hub is emphasised with a programme of summer schools and workshops that we have run exploring future research opportunities, and we will continue to grow this great relationship, as they are helping to provide key science areas for opportunities such as for the proposed Diamond-II upgrade. We are pleased to hear the news of this further investment from the EPSRC.

You can read more about the funding announcement on the EPSRC website here: https://epsrc.ukri.org/newsevents/news/ukcatalysishub/