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Prof. Charlotte K. Williams from Oxford University / UK receives the Otto Roelen Medal 2018. This prize will be awarded by DECHEMA and the German Catalysis Society in recognition of her developments in the field of highly active catalysts for carbon dioxide copolymerization. This enables renewable resources such as carbon dioxide and plants to be converted into polymers and fuels. The award ceremony will take place on 15 March 2018 during the 51th Annual Meeting of German Catalysis Scientists in Weimar / Germany.

These tailor-made catalysts are capable of converting carbon dioxide, including waste emissions from industrial manufacture, into polycarbonate polyols.

Otto Roelen Medal 2018 for Charlotte K. Williams

Oxford University

These polyols form the basis for the production of polyurethanes which are widely applied including in home insulation, furniture, adhesives, apparel and automotive sectors. The catalysis to recycle carbon dioxide helps to considerably reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with polyol production.

In addition to tailor-made catalysts for the copolymerization of carbon dioxide, Charlotte Williams has recently developed switchable catalysts enabling block sequence selectivity from monomer mixtures.

She has also prepared highly stereocontrolled catalysts for the polymerization of lactides and colloidal nano-catalysts for the conversion of carbon dioxide to methanol. Her research has been commercialized and she is the founder of "Econic Technologies" which employs >25 staff (

Charlotte Williams is currently Professor of Inorganic Chemistry and Tutorial Fellow at Trinity College Oxford / UK. She earned her doctorate at Imperial College London / UK and then worked as a postdoc at the University of Minnesota /USA and Cambridge University /UK. From 2003-2016 she was an academic at Imperial College London and held a professorship in Catalysis and Polymer Chemistry.

Charlotte Williams has already received awards for her research: Sir John Meurig Thomas Catalysis Medal (2017), Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Corday Morgan Medal (2016), WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) Tech. Start Up Award (2015), Bio-Environmental Polymer Society Outstanding Young Investigator Award (2011), Royal Society of Chemistry Energy, Environment and Sustainability Early Career Award (2009), RSC Meldola Medal (2005); RSC Young Researcher Award (2001).

The Otto Roelen Medal has been awarded by DECHEMA every two years since 1997. It is endowed with 5,000 euros. Founded by the international chemical company Oxea (, it honours outstanding scientific achievements in the field of catalysis, which also have a strong industrial relevance. As a research and innovation-driven company, Oxea, founder of the worldwide technically significant oxo synthesis, has been supporting international catalysis research efforts for many years.

The German Catalysis Society (GeCatS) is the platform for the entire German catalysis community in the area of research and application. Currently it has some 1100 members from industry and academia. GeCatS promotes the scientific and technical dialogue between industry, universities, non-university research institutes and research policy institutions and represents the interests of the catalysis community on a national and international level. The German Catalysis Society is supported by DECHEMA, VDI-GVC, GDCh, DGMK und DBG.

Dr. Christine Dillmann | idw - Informationsdienst Wissenschaft
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