The UK Catalysis Hub has named Professor 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 14 December 2017. Professor Williams was selected from the nominations for top mid-career scientists working in the UK 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.’
Professor Williams delivered a lecture on catalysts to the UK Catalysis Hub Winter conference attended by more than 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 polymerisation 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 have 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 the Royal Society of Chemistry Applied Catalysis Group.