Charlotte Williams Elected FRS

6 May 2021

Trinity Inorganic Chemistry Fellow Charlotte Williams has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society for her contributions to sustainable polymer chemistry and catalysis. 

The Royal Society is a self-governing Fellowship made up of the most eminent scientists, engineers and technologists from the UK and the Commonwealth. Fellows are elected for life through a peer review process on the basis of excellence in science. Professor Williams is one of 60 Fellows elected this year from a wide range of scientific fields.

Charlotte Williams says: ‘I am delighted and honoured to be elected to the Royal Society. All my research is conducted within teams and I sincerely thank and acknowledge the hard-work, inspiration and collaboration with all my postgraduate students, postdoctoral researchers, academic and industrial collaborators, both past and present.’

In addition to her fellowship with Trinity, Charlotte Williams is a Professor of Inorganic Chemistry, Associate Head of Chemistry (Research) and an EPSRC Established Career Research Fellow. She develops new sustainable technologies for polymer production and carbon dioxide usage. Her work has resulted in efficient catalysts that can transform abundant renewable resources into polymers and allow natural bio-chemicals and carbon dioxide to replace petrochemicals in scalable materials production. 

Charlotte Williams is one of five Trinity Fellows to be elected a member of the Royal Society; she joins Professorial Fellows Fran Ashcroft, Marta Kwiatkowska, and Kim Nasmyth, along with Emeritus Fellow George Smith.