Congratulations to Sir Richard Catlow

12 Oct 2020

The Research Complex at Harwell takes great pleasure in wishing Professor Richard Catlow congratulations on being awarded a Knighthood in the Queens 2020 Birthday Honours List.


Photograph of Sir Richard Catlow taken at the April 2013 opening of UK Catalysis Hub at the Research Complex at Harwell

Photo credit Uk Catalysis Hub 

Sir Charles Richard Arthur Catlow FRS FRSC FInstP  is a chemist who holds concurrent positions as Professor of Computational and Materials Chemistry at UCL and Professor of Catalytic and Computational Chemistry at Cardiff University.

Previously he had been Director of the Davy-Faraday Research Laboratory and the Wolfson Professor of Natural Philosophy at the Royal Institute.

For over thirty years, Sir Richard has led the way in computational and experimental studies of complex inorganic materials receiving many prestigious accolades along the way. His research has led to over 1000 publications (1080 at the last count).

In 2004 he became a Fellow of the Royal Society, an honour bestowed thanks to his ‘Pioneering the development and application of computer modelling in solid state and materials chemistry’. He has been Foreign Secretary and Vice President to the Royal Society since 2016.


He is also the Prime Investigator of the ‘Optimising, Predicting and Designing New Catalysts’ Theme of the UK Catalysis Hub based at the Research Complex at Harwell

As one of the founding members of UK Catalysis Hub he has been instrumental to the wide success of the Hub. He has helped lead research programs that make use of the proximity of the Research Complex at Harwell to the large facilities such as Diamond Light Source, Central Laser Facility and ISIS Neutron and Muon Source.

The research lead by Sir Richard at Uk Catalysis Hub is focusing on a wide range of fundamental projects related to the understanding of catalytic processes  – by learning to comprehend how catalysts operate, his research is helping to drive innovative new techniques and applying it to the design of new catalysts.

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Catalysis lies at the heart of the chemicals industry and the breakthroughs and important research Sir Richard and the UK Catalysis Hub are continuing to make are helping to shape the world around us.


His knighthood is in recognition of his many services to leadership in science and research.