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Integrated Catalysis (iCAT) CDT

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The integration of chemocatalysis and biocatalysis represents an under-exploited area of research that will be central to the future of sustainable synthesis and manufacture.

Vast expertise

The University of Manchester has substantial research strengths in a broad range of catalysis science, from photoredox catalysis to process integration.

The Integrated Catalysis (iCAT) CDT is a world-class research and training environment which brings together academic leaders and industrial scientists with a shared goal and vision for postgraduate student training: to work together across the disciplines of chemistry and at the interfaces between chemical engineering and manufacturing.

iCAT features world experts in chemocatalysis, biocatalysis, process engineering, and life-cycle analysis who can deliver the multidisciplinary training programme necessary to create the next generation of leaders in a critical UK sector – the chemical industry that takes molecules to products.

This crucial sector needs a highly skilled workforce, and iCAT will meet this challenge by delivering a new breed of catalysis scientist and engineer, versed in both chemocatalysis and biocatalysis, as future leaders of the UK chemical industry.


Collaboration is important to our CDT, and we welcome opportunities to work with industry and the wider community. If your business could benefit from our biomedical research or if you believe your students could benefit from collaborating with our researchers, we encourage you to connect with us.