University of Glasgow

Industrial Heterogeneous Catalysis [MRes]

  • 12 months

Program Description

  • Chemistry at Glasgow is ranked 4th in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2022).
  • We have research programmes covering: new catalytic materials, petrochemicals, fine chemicals, energy, fuels and catalyst deactivation.
  • Research at the School of Chemistry has developed and grown over the years. Our Heter-ogeneous Catalysis Section has some of the best-equipped labs in the UK, attracting industrial support from companies such as: Johnson Matthey, BP, Syngenta, SABIC, Saudi Aramco, Huntsman, Sasol, Invista & Innospec.
  • This programme is designed to give students the appropriate practical research skills and theoretical knowledge to embark on a future career in industry or academia.
  • Students complete two projects withe 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.

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

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 small group 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.

This programme will develop your skills in analysing scientific literature, giving presentations, and writing reports and papers. 

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. Example projects include:

  • Hydrogenation of 2'-Nitroacetophenone
  • The addition of CO2 to the syngas feed stream over Fe-based Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis catalysts
  • The synthesis and reactivity of ternary and quaternary nickel containing nitrides possessing the η-6 carbide structure
  • In situ Raman spectroscopy capability to study propane oxidative dehydrogenation catalysts

Core courses

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.

CAREER PROSPECTS

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.

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