Catalysis and Synthesis

Chemistry is unique among the sciences for its ability to manipulate the world around us at an atomic level. Researchers in the Catalysis and Synthesis grouping study chemical reactions to learn more about the world around us, with the ultimate aim of addressing some of the largest challenges facing Society.

Finding ways to make chemistry sustainable is a critical area of research in the 21st century. The use of catalytic processes is important for achieving this aim because these reactions use a single molecule of catalyst to convert many molecules of starting material into a desired product. This approach inherently generates less chemical waste than traditional methods. The University of Glasgow has a long tradition of research in catalysis. Over the years, this has developed and grown and we now have a Centre for Catalysis Research that is one of the most up-to-date, well-equipped units in the UK.

By using reactions as tools for building complex molecular architecture, synthetic chemists are able to assemble desired targets with atom-level precision. Within the group, we have particular expertise in the following areas: Homogeneous Catalysis, Heterogeneous Catalysis, Target-Driven Synthesis, and Computational Theory.

Our collaborations extend to more than 15 universities around the world from Aberdeen to Zurich. In addition, we maintain close links with industry, including collaborations with companies in UK and worldwide.