Charlotte Williams Recognised with OBE in Queen's Birthday Honours

12 October 2020

Congratulations to Trinity College Fellow Charlotte Williams, who was recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Professor Williams is Tutorial Fellow in Inorganic Chemistry and was made an Officer of the British Empire (OBE) for services to Chemistry. She is recognised internationally for her work on the development of sustainable polymers, including plastics which are biodegradable, recyclable and sourced from waste plants. Her work includes catalysts enabling carbon dioxide copolymerization, lactone ring-opening polymerization and selective catalysis from monomer mixtures (switch catalysis). In 2011, Charlotte founded Econic Technologies, which is commercializing catalysts to transform CO2 into products (

Her work has been recognised by recent prizes from DECHEMA (Otto Roelen Medal, 2018), The UK Catalysis Hub (Sir John Meurig Thomas Medal, 2017) and the Royal Society of Chemistry (Corday Morgan Medal, 2016). She is the recipient of an Established Career Fellowship by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

Professor Williams says of receiving the honour: ‘I’m delighted and amazed. I sincerely thank and acknowledge all my current and past research team.’