Catalysis By developing and understanding new catalytic processes we are making societally–important products, materials and chemicals more efficiently and with more precision. Catalysis (the acceleration of a chemical reaction by a substance that is not consumed itself) is crucially important to all areas of modern life. It is estimated that 85% of all products manufactured involve catalysis somewhere in their production chain, and such products have considerable impact in energy (petrochemicals), healthcare (pharmaceuticals), new–materials (polymers), transport (catalytic convertors) and environment (water, air quality, renewable and bio–produced materials). It is estimated that 90% of all chemical process are catalysed, and thus the economic impact of catalysis is huge, contributing 30–40% of global GDP. Imagine, for example, a world without ammonia (fertilisers), plastics, catalytic convertors or the ability to synthesise fine-chemicals for healthcare solutions. Oxford Chemistry has a critical mass of world–class researchers involved in catalysis. Their research areas are diverse across the theme, encompassing: small molecule and novel–materials synthesis, the development of routes to new pharmaceuticals and therapeutics, new energy vectors, new polymeric materials, efficient use of renewable resources, novel heterogeneous systems for chemicals essential for modern society, electrocatalysis, innovative healthcare solutions, chemical biology, theory and computation. A key aspect of catalysis research at Oxford is our drive to have a deep, fundamental understanding of the catalytic processes being developed and studied, partnered with a strong trajectory to deliver practical and useful solutions that have positive societal and industrial impact.