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Richard Catlow  FRS

Professor Richard Catlow


Professor of Catalytic and Computational Chemistry

School of Chemistry














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  • Callison, J., Rogers, S., Subramanian, N., Gianolio, D., Catlow, R., Wells, P. and Dimitratos, N. 2018. Directed Glycerol reforming through tailored platinum nanoparticles. Presented at: 255th National Meeting and Exposition of the American-Chemical-Society (ACS) - Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water, New Orleans, LA, USA, 18-22 March 2018Abstracts of Papers of the American Chemical Society, Vol. 255. American Chemical Society pp. 373.


Prof Richard Catlow has worked in the fields of solid state, materials and catalytic chemistry for over 30 years. His group has focused on the development and application of computer modelling techniques in materials chemistry and has had a long involvement with both X-ray and neutron scattering techniques. His current interests have a strong focus on catalysis (effected by both microporous materials and oxide surfaces), surface chemistry of complex materials, crystal growth and nucleation, and nano-chemistry of inorganic materials.

Throughout his career Prof Catlow's group has exploited HPC resources and he is currently co-I of the HPC Materials Chemistry Consortium. He is also PI of the "Optimising, Predicting and Designing New Catalysts" Theme of the UK Catalysis Hub, based on the Harwell campus, which has wide ranging programmes in computational and experimental catalysis. He has published many papers and his work is very highly cited.


After obtaining his degree and PhD from St John's College, Oxford University, he held his first academic position at University College London (UCL). Since then, he has held many senior academic positions including the Director of the Royal Institution, Chair of Chemistry and Dean of the Faculty of Mathematical and Physical Sciences also at UCL. He has won many awards and accolades, being awarded the Solid State Chemistry, Interdisciplinary, Liversidge and Faraday awards of The Royal Society of Chemistry. He is a Fellow of The Royal Society, Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales and of the Leopoldina – the German National Science Academy. 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.