A Trinity Fellow has been recognised for her contribution to the field of polymer science. Charlotte Williams, Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at Oxford University and Tutorial Fellow at Trinity College, has been awarded the Macro Group UK Medal, annually to a UK based scientist who has made a significant and substantial contribution to the development of polymer science through his/her scientific achievements and/or services to the UK polymer science community.
The 2018 award will be made to Professor Williams and Professor Sébastien Perrier of the University of Warwick and Monash University. The medal has been awarded to recognise Professor Williams’s work in the development of sustainable polymers, including plastics which are biodegradable, recyclable and sourced from waste plants. She has discovered and investigated the properties of new plastics and materials which are sourced from plants or waste carbon dioxide and which can be used as materials for packaging, adhesives, elastics, coatings and foams.
Professor Williams said: ‘It is a great honour to receive this award, and I want to acknowledge central importance of our research team working in the Chemistry department at Oxford in all these scientific discoveries, as well as my network of collaborators – both in academic science and industry – who I have worked with to develop and translate the science.’
The Pure and Applied Macromolecular Chemistry Group (Macro Group UK) is a joint interest group of the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Society of Chemical Industry.
Professor Williams will receive her medal at a one-day symposium in November 2019.