Professor Richard Catlow’s early career was at Oxford University and University College London, with much of his research being undertaken at the Atomic Energy Research establishment at Harwell. He then moved to Keele University, working jointly with the Synchrotron Radiation Facility at Daresbury. He then returned to London to take up a Chair at the Royal Institution, where he worked for over 15 years, before re-joining UCL as Head of Chemistry and subsequently Dean of Mathematical and Physical sciences. Since 2015, Professor Catlow has held a joint professorial position between Cardiff University and UCL.
Throughout his career, Professor Catlow’s research programme has been based on the development and application of computational techniques used in direct conjunction with experiments in probing the properties of complex materials, especially those of importance in catalytic and energy technologies.