Scientist wins outstanding achievement award in the field of catalytic science

Sir John Meurig Thomas catalysis medal


The UK Catalysis Hub have named Prof. Charlotte Williams from the University of Oxford as 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 on the 14th of December. Prof. Charlotte Williams was selected from the nominations for top mid-career scientists working in the United Kingdom to win the Sir John Meurig Thomas Catalysis Medal for 2017.

Professor Graham Hutchings, UK Catalysis Hub Director said, “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.”

Prof. Charlotte Williams delivered a lecture on catalysts to the UK Catalysis Hub Winter conference attended by over 100 people. She 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 this 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.”

Speakers for the Catalysis Hub Winter conference included members of the Catalysis Hub and wider international catalysis community. The JMT medal was generously sponsored by BP, JM, Dr Reddys, Givaudan and Royal Society of Chemistry Applied Catalysis Group.



UK catalysis Hub

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 UK



The UK Catalysis Hub aims to interact, network and build the UK catalysis and wider international catalysis community through collaborative projects, meetings, conferences and research outputs, including publications. The Hub endeavours to develop a broad scientific program, from fundamentals for tackling big challenges to allowing extensive collaboration to develop new catalysts, reactions and process. In turn, this provides fundamental understanding, benefiting industry, the economy and scientific understanding. The UK Catalysis Hub also aims to develop the next generation of students, through courses, conferences, PhD programs, summer schools and outreach activities.

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