International Women’s Day 2023

Happy International Women’s Day! Here are 5 popular webinars by inspirational scientists who have spoken to our catalysis community:  To watch more webinars and register for upcoming ones visit our Webinars page.

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Dr June Callison – Lab Manager

I am writing this almost nine years to the day that I joined the UK Catalysis Hub as a Research Technician. It was the beginning of the first phase of the Hub and I had heard of the job through previous colleagues, Emma Gibson and Ian Silverwood – both of…

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Prof. Adisa Azapagic

Professor of Sustainable Chemical Engineering, The University of Manchester What is your background? What made you decide to become a scientist? I am a chemical engineer by background. I was always technically-inclined and liked technical subjects in school, including maths and science, so studying engineering seemed only natural to me.…

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Charlotte Williams elected a Fellow of the Royal Society

Congratulations to Prof. Charlotte Williams (Oxford) for being elected a Fellow of the Royal Society this year for her contributions to sustainable polymer chemistry and catalysis.  “I am delighted and honoured to be elected to the Royal Society. All my research is conducted within teams and I sincerely thank and…

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Congratulations to Prof. Charlotte Williams on receiving OBE

The UK Catalysis Hub congratulates Prof. Charlotte Williams on being awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2020 for outstanding services in 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. Charlotte received the…

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Dr. Sherry Yiping

Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Durham I did my undergraduate degree in the University of Bristol and then obtained a PhD degree in the University of St Andrews working under the supervision of Prof. Paul Kamer and Prof. David Cole-Hamilton. My PhD was in the area of homogeneous catalysis, and…

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Dr Catherine Davies

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Environmental Theme: Soot Control The growth in market share of diesel vehicles, which currently stands at around fifty-five percent of new car sales within the EU, has had the beneficial effects of lowering CO2 emissions and improving fuel economy, but has led to locally high concentrations of NOx gases and…

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Ellie Dann


Design theme highlights: Advances in Heterogeneous Catalyst Characterisation; combined XAFS/DRIFTS Spectroscopy Understanding the chemical processes that govern catalytic function is key to developing new and improved catalytic materials. Characterisation methods used to interpret catalyst structure, morphology and chemical properties often examine the catalyst material outside of its operating environment, which…

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Dr Cristina Stere

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Energy Theme highlights: Probing the role of a non-thermal plasma (NTP) in the hybrid NTP-catalytic oxidation of CH4 The release of methane into the atmosphere must be stringently controlled as it has a warming potential at least 21 times higher than that of CO2, being, therefore, a major contributor to…

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Dr Changhui Chen

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Chemical Transformations Theme highlights: Electrochemical characterisation and regeneration of sulfur poisoned Pt catalysts The Energy theme of the UK Catalysis hub has undertaken a wide range of liquid and gas phase projects related to energy conversion catalytic technologies. ‘Electrochemical characterisation and regeneration of sulfur poisoned Pt catalysts’ was a project…

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