Corday-Morgan Prize 2016 Winner
Imperial College London
Awarded for her work on polymer chemistry and catalysis and in particular recognition for her contributions to the catalytic activation of renewable resources to make polymers and fuels
About the Winner
Charlotte Williams is Professor of Catalysis and Polymer Chemistry at Imperial College London. Research in her group focuses on the catalytic activation of renewable resources to make polymers and fuels. Recent highlights include the development of highly active catalysts allowing carbon dioxide copolymerization, the development of switchable catalysts allowing selective monomer enchainment from mixtures and colloidal nano-catalysts for carbon dioxide hydrogenation to methanol.
Charlotte is the author of more than 100 publications in peer-reviewed journals and an inventor on 6 granted patents (5 licensed commercially) and 10 further patent applications. Her research includes the applications for catalysts and polymers and as such she has frequently worked in collaboration with industry. In 2011, she founded econic technologies which is commercializing catalysts to make polymers from CO2 and currently employs 20 people in London and Macclesfield.
Charlotte has been an academic at Imperial College since 2003 and was an EPSRC Advanced Research Fellow from 2005-2011. Prior to her appointment at Imperial, she was a PDRA at Cambridge University, working with Professor Andrew Holmes FRS and Professor Richard Friend FRS on the synthesis of conjugated light-emitting polymers. She was also a PDRA at the University of Minnesota, working with Marc Hillmyer and Bill Tolman on zinc polymerization catalysis. She did her PhD research at Imperial College in ethylene polymerization catalysis working with Vernon Gibson FRS and Nick Long.
Her work has been recognised by the WISE Tech-Start up Award (2015), the BEPS Outstanding Early Career Academic Award (2011), the RSC Energy, Environment and Sustainability Early Career Award (2009), the RSC Meldola Medal (2005) and the RSC Laurie Vergnano (Young Researcher) Award (2001).
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