Team Members

Information on the Principal Investigators for the UK Catalysis Hub are detailed below.

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Principal Investigator – Professor Matthew Davidson;
Matthew Davidson is Director of the UK Catalysis Hub, Whorrod Professor of Sustainable Chemical Technologies and Director of the Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies at the University of Bath. His research interests are in the application of catalysis to the sustainable manufacture of fuels, materials and chemicals. Following a PhD and Research Fellowship at Cambridge, he held lectureships in Cambridge and Durham before being appointed to a Chair at the University of Bath. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and a recipient of the Harrison Memorial Prize of the Royal Society of Chemistry and a Royal Society Industry Fellowship. He currently serves on the REF 2014 Chemistry Panel and holds over £13M of funding from research councils and industry.

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Principal Investigator – Professor and EPSRC Early Career Fellow – Andrew M. Beale;
Andy Beale is a professor at UCL and EPSRC Early Career Fellow based at RCaH and UCL Chemistry. His work focuses on establishing structure-function relationships in catalytic solids as a function of both time and space using in situ and operando spectroscopic and scattering methods. Specific areas of interest include the development of novel imaging techniques for the study of single catalyst bodies under real reaction conditions, determining the nature of the active site and reaction mechanism in catalysts for NOx abatement, unravelling the self-assembly mechanism of the microporous materials and the characterisation of catalytically active supported nanoparticles. In 2013, he and a colleague successfully spun out a company (Finden Ltd).

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Principal Investigator – Professor Richard Catlow;
Prof. C.R.A. Catlow has long standing experience in the development and applications of both experimental and computer modelling techniques in catalysis and molecular sciences.  He holds approximately £2.5M of current EPSRC funding and has extensive experience in the field of HPC simulation techniques. He has been PI of the EPSRC funded Materials Chemistry HPC consortium for 15 years and has wide experience in managing large flexible consortium grants including a portfolio partnership grant (2005-2010), a High Performance Computing Consortium grant (2008-2013), and is currently the PI of the Centre for Catalytic Science (2011-2016).

Christopher Hardacre photoPrincipal Investigator – Professor Christopher Hardacre;
Christopher Hardacre (CH), Chris is the Vice Dean and Head of School of Natural Sciences at University of Manchester. His research group focuses on ionic liquids and catalysis, with relevant projects in biomass processing, energy, fine chemical synthesis, plasma catalysis for emission control and clean hydrogen production. Much of the work has centred around developing new catalytic processes as well as investigating the structure-activity/selectivity relationships using in-situ spectroscopic and structural methods. He has published 450+ papers (H-index 71) and 11 patents. His work is funded by EPSRC, EC, TSB, RS, industry and local government, attracting >£15m since 2003. He was part of the Queen’s University Ionic Liquid Laboratory which attained the Queen’s Award for Further and Higher Education (2006). Awarded the RSC Teamwork in Innovation (2005), the USA 2008 R&D 100 award and the IChemE Andrew Medal for Catalysis (2013). He is a co-PI and Director of UK Catalysis Hub and an elected Member of the Royal Irish Academy.

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Principal Investigator – Professor Graham Hutchings;
Regius Professor Graham J. Hutchings FRS is a leading expert in heterogeneous catalysis, known for developing gold and mixed-metal nanoparticle catalysts. He has spent nine years in industry in the UK (ICI) and South Africa (AECI) and has held Chairs of Chemistry at the Universities of Witwatersrand, Liverpool and Cardiff. He has over 850 papers and patents. His many international awards include the Heinz Heinemann Award of the International Catalysis Society (2012), Davy Medal of the Royal Society (2013), the Menelaus Medal of the LSW (2017) and the RSC Faraday Lectureship and Medal (2018). In 2009 he was elected FRS, and in 2010 to the Academia Europaea and as a Founding Fellow of LSW.

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Principal Investigator – Professor Nicholas Turner;
Nicholas Turner is Professor of Chemical Biology, Director of the Centre of Excellence in Biocatalysis (CoEBio3) and co-Director of SYNBIOCHEM. His research interests span biocatalysis, directed evolution of enzymes and synthetic biology. He has published >400papers/patents with an h-index of 72 and ca. 20,000 citations. He is a member of several Scientific Advisory Boards and consults widely. He has received many awards for his research achievements and currently holds an ERC Advanced Grant (2017-2022). In May 2020 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) and in 2021 he became a Member of Academia Europea (MAE).

Prof Charlotte Williams

Principal Investigator – Professor Charlotte K. Williams OBE FRS;
Charlotte K. Williams is a professor of Inorganic Chemistry,an EPSRC Established Career Research Fellow and a Co-Director of the centre for doctoral training in Inorganic Chemistry for Future Manufacturing.  She heads-up a research team investigating polymerization catalysis with a particular focus on carbon dioxide utilization and transformation into products. Her research includes investigations into carbon dioxide copolymerization, switchable polymerization catalysis, stereoselective lactide polymerization and colloidal nanocatalysts for carbon dioxide hydrogenation. Her work has been recently recognised by election as a fellow of the Royal Society (2021), the Royal Society of Chemistry Tilden Medal (2021), an OBE for Services to Chemistry (2020), Macro Group UK Medal (2019), DeChema Otto Roelen Catalysis Medal (2018), The UK Catalysis Hub Sir John Meurig Thomas Medal (2017) and the Royal Society of Chemistry Corday Morgan Medal (2016).

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Project Manager – Josie Goodall;
Josie started her career in science by studying Materials science, Economics and Management (MEM) at Oxford University (2000-2004). After coming top of her year and achieving a first class degree and Masters in MEM, her science career then took a brief hiatus in during year teaching English in South Korea. On her Return to the UK she started a PhD in Materials Chemistry at Queen Mary University of London (2006) investigating the properties of nano–ceramic materials for Sunscreens and photocatalytic Materials. After completing Her PhD she went on to investigate the synthesis of nano-ceramics as phosphor materials and the synthesis on bio-inspired nano-metal sulphide materials for the electro-catalytic reduction of CO2 at UCL. She has now taken on the Role of Project Manager for the UK catalysis Hub.

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Lab Manager – Dr June Callison;
June completed her PhD under the supervision of Prof David Lennon at Glasgow University, working on the formation of side products in the polyurethanes industry. June joined the UK Catalysis Hub in 2014 as a Research Technician and is currently working as the Laboratory Manager based at Harwell. June is responsible for the management of the laboratory involving the maintenance and upkeep of instrumentation along with training of students and users. June is also involved in research projects and experimental time at Diamond within the Hub and has experience of catalyst synthesis, reaction testing (batch and flow), analysis (GC-MS, HPLC) and characterisation (EXAFS, FTIR).

Experimental BAG Officer – Dr Martin Wilding;
Martin received his PhD from the University of Edinburgh where he studied mineral inclusions in natural diamond. Subsequently he focussed on the thermodynamics and structure of amorphous materials and liquids working in laboratories in both Germany and the USA before relocating in the UK. Martin has worked extensively with colleagues at the Advanced Photon Source using high energy X-rays to determine the structure of refractory oxide liquids and molten salts. He has also worked at both pulsed and reactor neutron sources, studying liquids and amorphous materials under extreme conditions. Martin now works as Experimental Officer for the UK Catalysis Hub and has taken over the management of the Hub’s BAG (Block Allocation Grant) beamtimes at the Diamond Light Source. 

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Office Manager – Corinne Anyika;
Corinne joined the department in October 2016 and is a member of the professional services team providing support to members of the UK Catalysis Hub.



Research Team at Harwell

Alongside the wide involvement of partner institutions is a team of scientists based fully or partially at RCaH. Their role is to drive the progression of the Centre to become a leading facility nationally, and internationally, in the field of catalytic science. A brief description of the team is detailed below.

42 publications and 3 patents.

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Resident Professor – Mike Bowker;
Professor M. Bowker (Cardiff) works in the fields of surface science, nanoscience and catalysis and has approximately 250 publications, with an h-index of 45. He has worked in both industry (ICI) and academia. He leads the Heterogeneous Catalysis and Surface Science group in Cardiff, consisting of nine academic members of staff and 80 researchers. He founded the Wolfson Nanoscience Laboratory at Cardiff in 2006 and is Deputy Director of the recently established Cardiff Catalysis Institute. His research focuses on adsorption and surface reactivity, ranging from, for example, selective oxidation catalysis, to photocatalysis to studies of adsorption and structure of well-defined surfaces. He has been involved with the Centre at RCAH since March 2011 and spends a significant amount of his time here.

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Facilities Members

ISIS – Dr Stewart Parker;

Diamond Light Source – Professor Andy Dent;

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