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Integrated Catalysis (iCAT) CDT

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As an iCAT student, you’ll undertake a fascinating and varied four-year doctoral training programme.

Stanley Sowerby Thomas

I was attracted to iCAT by the chance to learn new techniques beyond traditional chemistry. I also spend a lot of time worrying about environmental issues so the possibility for these integrated processes to potentially reduce waste and the use of harmful reagents was another big draw.

Stanley Sowerby Thomas / iCAT CDT student

You'll be part of a cohort of researchers able to draw on knowledge from a broad spectrum of sciences and to work in interdisciplinary teams.

The first year of the CDT will provide you with the background knowledge and skills needed to undertake your individual PhD projects (which you will choose a few months into the programme). 

This phase of training will include two 12-week rotation laboratory projects, classroom-based lecture courses and directed self-study (enquiry-based learning).

Read more about the programme below.

Taught units, year 1

Each cohort will take four iCAT-exclusive core units.

Semester 1

  • Current methods in chemocatalysis (Leader: Igor Larrosa)
  • Chemical engineering principles for integrated catalysis (Leader: Arthur Garforth)

Semester 2

  • Biocatalysis (Leader: Jason Micklefield)
  • Elucidation of reaction mechanisms in catalysis (Leader: Jordi Bures)

Other year 1 requirements

Each semester, iCAT students will undertake two 12-week laboratory rotations. These rotations, where you will for the first time be part of a group other than your CDT cohort, will provide training in techniques and exposure to industrial challenges which will support your PhD project.

Weekly problem-based learning classes are a further requirement, as are the transferrable skills workshops which will be delivered throughout the four years of the programme.