Richard Catlow

Highest honour from Royal Society of Chemistry for CPLAS researcher

Professor Sir Richard Catlow (CPLAS Catlayisis Hub Lead) has been made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) for his extraordinary impact in the field of materials, computational and catalytic chemistry and for his work on science outreach. He joins four other candidates including Sir Patrick Vallance to receive the fellowship in 2024.

His 50-year research career has focused on developing and applying computational techniques in conjunction with experiments to understand and predict the properties of complex materials and catalysts.

His scholarship in energy materials, catalysis, nano-chemistry and surface chemistry established Professor Catlow as a leading figure in developing the field both in the UK and internationally.

His long-standing and wide-ranging contribution to the discipline was recognised in 2020 when he was Knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Professor Sir Richard Catlow said: “I am delighted to receive this honour which recognises the key role of the fields in which I have worked throughout my career; and I am grateful to the many talented students and colleagues with whom I have worked over the years in these and related fields.

The 117 current RSC Honorary Fellows come from a wide range of backgrounds, career paths and countries and are nominated by RSC members.

They include individuals whose distinguished research careers have made an extraordinary impact on scientific advancement, leaders of companies, or other major enterprises that have been of significant benefit to the application of chemical science.

Some have also contributed to the benefit and welfare of the chemical sciences through public service, outreach, policy development, and change, and through connecting or leading the chemical science community to provide solutions for societal challenges.

A version of this story first appeared on the Cardiff University website.