Scotland to Spain

I am an early career researcher in WestCHEM, the recipient of a Fellowship. My exchange was to the Institut Català d’Investigació Química (ICIQ) in Tarragona, Spain, a leading research centre strong in Energy, Supramolecular Chemistry, and Catalysis. The primary aim of my exchange was to enable me to work with a world leader in computational modelling of catalysis, on a topic closely related to my experimental-focussed research in the study of nickel catalysis. During the two months of the exchange, I learnt a significant amount of knowledge about how to design, run, and interpret complex theoretical calculations that enabled me to understand processes that occur in experimental reactions. A reciprocal visit to WestCHEM by the Spanish professor took place on my return to Glasgow, funded by the University Global Engagements Fund. The collaboration is on-going and is currently finalizing a manuscript that will be submitted to a high-impact journal such as J. Am. Chem. Soc. During my time in Spain, I also held informative networking meetings with several other academics at different institutions. This knowledge-broadening trip has undoubtedly helped to strengthen my research development and the new European collaborations made will continue to benefit me in the coming years.