Outstanding Achievement Award

Professor Charlotte Williams, Fellow and Tutor in Chemistry, has been named by the the UK Catalysis Hub as a person of outstanding achievement in catalysis for multidisciplinary contributions to the development and applications of catalysts for sustainable chemistry at the UK Catalysis Hub Winter Conference.

Professor Williams was selected from the nominations of top mid-career scientists working in the United Kingdom to win the Sir John Meurig Thomas Catalysis Medal. As part of the award she delivered a lecture on catalysts at the conference.

 ‘The JMT Medal has been awarded to Charlotte Williams for her pioneering fundamental and applied research in the area of sustainable polymerisation catalysis including the discovery, development and industrial application of di-metal catalysts enabling low pressure copolymerisation of carbon dioxide and epoxides to make polycarbonates.’ Professor Graham Hutchings, UK Catalysis Hub Director

Professor Williams said on winning, ‘I am very honoured to win the medal, especially as I’ve enjoyed several interesting discussions with Sir John Meurig Thomas about polymerization catalysts. One particular highlight of the last year has been the breakthrough in making hetero-bimetallic catalysts which show much better activity and selectivity than homo-dinuclear analogues. We’ve discovered a really wide range of highly active hetero-bimetallic catalysts which we’re also exploiting to make interesting new materials.’

The UK Catalysis Hub is consortia of universities involved in Catalysis research lead by UCL, Bath, Cardiff, Queens University Belfast, and Manchester. The hub has a range of projects around the United Kingdom and aims to interact, network and build the UK catalysis and wider international catalysis community through collaborative projects, meetings, conferences and research outputs, including publications.

Posted: 20 January 2018

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