University of Glasgow: Industrial Heterogenous Catalysis

InstitutionUniversity of Glasgow View institution profile
Department School of Chemistry
Study type Taught


The University of Glasgow has a long tradition of research in Heterogeneous 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.
We have research programmes covering: new catalytic materials, petrochemicals, fine chemicals, energy, fuels and catalyst deactivation.
The Research Division in Heterogeneous Catalysis has strong industry links to the following companies: Johnson Matthey, BP, Syngenta, SABIC, Saudi Aramco, Huntsman, Sasol, Invista and Innospec.
The two projects will have two supervisors: one University of Glasgow academic staff and the second ex-industry honorary University of Glasgow staff.
To further enhance this programme, it is intended to build it around a series of short courses that will be accessible to industry.
Our research facilities, which will be used for projects, include a suite of reactors with operating windows of 1-100 barg, sub-ambient to >1000 K and a range of characterization techniques equipped with environmental cells.
The school has an Athena Swan Bronze Award, demonstrating the school’s commitment to supporting women in scientific studies and careers, and to improving the working environment for all.

The MRes will be structured into three units, two projects (each worth 60 credits) and a taught component (worth 60 credits) to give the required 180 credits.

The taught component is split into a "Frontiers in Catalysis" programme, requiring students to do two literature studies on different topics and prepare presentations on the subjects. This leaves approximately 96 lectures and one tutorial session per week. Lectures will be clustered into four, one week of high intensity zones of 24 hours of teaching. There will be four core modules of 24 lectures. This means that students will have more time that is continuous in the lab for their projects.

Each student will do two projects of approximately 15 weeks duration plus 4 weeks writing up. The two projects will have two supervisors, one University of Glasgow academic staff and the second ex-industry honorary University of Glasgow staff. The project areas may be in any area of heterogeneous catalysis from refinery to pharmaceutical applications.

**Core courses**
Catalyst activation and deactivation
Catalyst structure and function from bulk to surface
Catalyst testing and industrial process development
Preparation of catalytic materials
Programme alteration or discontinuation
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.

The two main career paths for students would be further study for a PhD or move into the chemical industry. The programme would give students the skills, both practical and theoretical, to undertake a PhD. The programme would also equip students to work in any aspect of the chemical industry. Students will gain analytical skills in terms of data analysis, interpretation of published work and practical methodologies. They will also understand where heterogeneous catalysis fits into facilitating the chemical industry allowing them to rapidly fulfill plant support, research, QA and QC roles.

Job titles after completion of this programme are varied, from Research Project Manager, Chemical Engineer, to Research Chemist. This programme also prepares those seeking a career in academia or research and development.

Masters in Research (MRes)

University of Glasgow

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