Nobel winner launches hub for industry excellence

Nobel Peace Prize-winning US climate scientist, Professor Donald J. Wuebbles, a former White House advisor and co-recipient of the 2007 prize, Professor Wuebbles formally opened the Translational Research Hub (TRH), which brings industry and experts together to solve complex global challenges.

Researchers in the Institute for Compound Semiconductors (ICS) and Cardiff Catalysis Institute (CCI) use state-of-the-art TRH facilities to collaborate with commercial partners.

They work across sectors including energy, advanced materials, fuel, transport, communication, and healthcare, creating technologies and charting new research directions.

Addressing the Hub launch event, the expert in atmospheric science at the University of Illinois reinforced the TRH’s role in providing global scientific solutions to climate change.

“The TRH provides a special bridge for industry to access leading research which can help the planet to achieve Net Zero,” said Professor Wuebbles.

“As a powerhouse for research, innovation and education, the TRH provides a sustaining ecosystem that helps Cardiff University build new R&D teams, expand its tech research base and create in-demand jobs.”

Professor Sir Adrian Smith, President of the Royal Society – the world’s oldest scientific organisation – joined the event and praised the TRH for its work.

“We believe every government should develop an evidence-based roadmap setting out the technologies required to achieve the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to net zero. What is needed is a triple track approach: deploying at scale those technologies that are ready, developing and demonstrating at scale those that are not, and creating new solutions, through research, to address the decarbonisation challenge.

“This is exactly what the Translational Research Hub is doing, bringing together different disciplines for development and research, and working with industry to translate this into technology deployment. I strongly commend the Translational Research Hub for its work on semiconductor and catalysis technologies, and broader net zero innovation.”