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Winner Named for Prestigious Sir John Meurig Thomas Catalysis Medal

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Prof. Williams being awarded the Sir John Meurig Thomas Prize

The UK Catalysis Hub has named Prof. Charlotte Williams from the University of Oxford as a person of outstanding achievement in catalysis for multidisciplinary contributions to the development and applications of catalysts for sustainable chemistry.

Charlotte was awarded the much sought after Sir John Meurig Thomas Catalysis Medal for 2017 during the UK Catalysis Hub Winter Conference which was held at Harwell Campus on December 14th.

Professor Graham Hutchings, UK Catalysis Hub Director said, “The JMT Medal has been awarded to Prof. 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.”

Charlotte delivered a lecture on catalysts to the 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.” 

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