The Centre for Catalysis Research in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Cape Town concerns itself with both fundamental and applied research and development in the field of heterogeneous catalysis – encompassing all of molecular modelling, catalyst synthesis, physico-chemical characterisation and performance evaluation for industrially interesting chemical conversions. Although engaged in topics of international interest, the Centre has a strong commitment to addressing issues of direct importance to the South African Chemical Processing Industry – the principal fields of investigation include Fisher-Tropsch synthesis, fuel processing chemistries, zeolite/acid catalysis (especially as applied to hydrocracking and the transformation of phenols and derivatives) and catalysis by platinum group metals.  Furthermore, the Centre has a long history in conducting contractual research on behalf of industry, and has partnered with numerous companies both within South Africa and abroad.