The RCaH is proving to be an ideal location for the Catalysis Centre for three main reasons:
- Catalysis is, as noted, a multidisciplinary science and the project is already profiting from interactions with other physical sciences programmes in the RCaH (especially the imaging project with whom we will have a joint studentship starting in autumn 2013). Strong interactions with life sciences projects are anticipated in the future.
- The Centre is becoming a major user of synchrotron and neutron facilities and usage of laser facilities is anticipated. Our close proximity to the facilities is a major advantage in ensuring their effective exploitation.
- The location and ready access to the site and the fact that for university teams it is “neutral territory” has proved to be a major advantage in establishing the centre as the physical hub for the UK national catalysis programme.
More generally the Harwell/RAL campus is an increasingly strong base for an internationally leading collaborative scientific programme.
The physical hub in the RCaH has been crucial to the success of the whole Hub project. It has provided first class facilities for research in catalytic science, including a suite of catalysis labs for preparation and analysis for Hub research which not only support the Design theme, based in the RCaH, but also act as a resource for the whole community. The laboratories have been used effectively by visiting scientists including those undertaking experimental work on the central facilities and have been visited by groups across the UK, while promoting fruitful interactions other groups in the RCAH and the Harwell campus more broadly.