This research area focuses on the study of rates and mechanisms of chemical reactions in gas and solution phase, and at surfaces.
This research area focuses on the study of rates and mechanisms of chemical reactions in gas and solution phase, and at surfaces (including kinetics and thermodynamics). It includes sub-themes such as physical organic chemistry and ultrafast spectroscopy.
We will focus the research area on:
- creating strong pathways to impact from fundamental research
- further co-ordinating the provision of infrastructure within this field, to ensure maximised equipment usage.
We will encourage the community to focus on integrating the design of ‘pathways to impact’ at an early stage, including the exploration of opportunities to create new understanding in application areas, such as in catalysis, bioenergy, continuous manufacturing, biosciences and biological chemistry. This will enable advances in this research area to contribute to key challenges in areas such as energy, manufacturing, sustainable chemistry and healthcare technologies.
Strong connections to theoretical work should also be maintained, to increase fundamental understanding of chemical reactions and so underpin developments in other fields.
We will encourage the establishment of clear links to industry to enable acceleration of impact through translation of research outputs. This could include, for example, small-scale commercialisation of novel components for instrumentation (for example detectors), to enable their wider use by researchers within this area and in other fields.
The community should seek to optimise current access to capital equipment and equipment sharing, and explore where new advanced capabilities may be required to sustain future competitiveness on the international stage.