PARACAT Winter School in Catalysis

13-17 January, Cardiff University, School of Chemistry, UK

A 5-day Catalysis Winter School takes place at Cardiff University, School of Chemistry from 13-17 January 2020 for all PARACAT participants and wider interested parties.

On the first day (Mon 13th), the PARACAT students will provide an update on their recent research activities and progress to the entire cohort and supervisory team. The second day (Tues 14th) involves a series of introductory lectures in synchrotron and neutron techniques, followed by a guided tour of the UK Synchrotron facilities ( and the Research Complex at Harwell ( The afternoon session will also include a hands-on training session in XPS, at the UK National XPS facility in Harwell ( The emphasis of the training session is primarily devoted to heterogeneous catalysts, powders, metal oxides, etc. A guided tour of the Cardiff Catalysis Institute (CCI) will then be provided on the third day (Wed 15th), including demonstrations in high throughput reactors, catalysts testing facilities and advanced characterisation techniques. The PARACAT students will automatically be registered for the annual CCI conference and will present a poster on their work. The CCI conference then ends on the fourth day (Thurs 16th). On the final day (Fri 17th), a specialist Symposium on Catalysis has been arranged, so that the PARACAT students are exposed to the latest developments in topics ranging from the experimental main group and earth-abundant elements to computational aspects of catalysis. A detailed workshop on Research Ethics, entitled Chemistry’s Ethical Landscape, will also be delivered by Harpal Minhas from the Royal Society of Chemistry, during the final day.

An overview of the week is seen here:

Link for registration

Download the Winter School Training Materials

Training material made available as a follow-up to the Winter School: PARACAT Health & Safety Code of Practice

A more detailed program is available here:

Cardiff Winter School Agenda 13-17-1-2020

Link to final pdf program of the school


Agenda Board Meetings 13-1-2020

Link to final pdf program of the Board Meetings

Board Meetings Minutes_DEF

Link to the Minutes of the Board Meetings