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Prof. Dr.

Sir Richard Catlow

Wahljahr: 2020
Sektion: Chemie
Stadt: London
Land: Großbritannien
Faraday Lectureship Prize für Richard Catlow
CV Sir Richard Catlow - English (PDF)


Research priorities: Computational Chemistry, Materials Chemistry, Catalysis, Crystallography

Richard Catlow is a British chemist. He is exploiting the latest developments in computational technology, used in direct conjunction with experiments (especially employing synchrotron X-Ray and neutron scattering techniques) in his research. The aim is to model and predict the properties of complex materials at the atomic and molecular level and advance fundamental knowledge in the rapidly developing field of contemporary chemistry.

His work is also of direct relevance to areas of key societal and economic importance, including materials for renewable energy and environmentally benign catalytic technologies, and has always had strong interactions with the industrial sector. Computational modeling of materials is now used widely and routinely in the chemicals industry.

His research develops and applies computational modeling in conjunction with experiments as powerful and predictive tools in solid-state and surface science. It explores a wide range of materials and applications, including oxide, sulfide, silicate, and molecular materials, with strong emphasis on applications in energy and catalytic technologies. Current priorities include:

(1) Modelling the structures and energetics of disordered materials, especially those used in energy storage devices and as transparent conducting oxides.

(2) Modelling and predicting the structures of crystals, surfaces, and nano-particles.

(3) Understanding the structures and mechanisms of catalytic processes at the molecular level using a combination of computational modeling with synchrotron and neutron based spectroscopy, with a strong emphasis on oxide and microporous catalytic systems.

(4) Modelling the properties of photo-active oxides.

Professor Catlow’s research includes extensive technique as well as application. Current development projects relating to computational modelling include the derivation of interatomic potential models of inorganic materials and of quantum mechanical/molecular mechanical techniques for accurate predictions of the properties of localized states in solids. His group at UCL also develops software for implementation on high-performance computing platforms. The team lead by professor Catlow develops in operando techniques for synchrotron and neutron scattering studies of catalytic processes on the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus in the UK.


  • since 2015 Professor of Computational and Catalytic Chemistry, School of Chemistry, Cardiff, UK
  • since 2014 Professorial Research Fellow, Chemistry Department, University College London, UK
  • 2007-2014 Professor of Chemistry, University College London, UK
  • 1989-2007 Wolfson Professor of Natural Philosophy, The Royal Institution, London, UK
  • 1985-1989 Professor of Physical Chemistry: Joint Appointment between University of Keele and Daresbury Laboratory, UK
  • 1976-1985 University Lecturer in Chemistry, University College London, UK
  • 1975-1976 IBM Research Fellow: St John's College, Oxford, UK
  • 1973-1975 ICI Research Fellow: Theoretical Chemistry Department, Oxford, UK


  • since 2017 Co-Chair: Inter-Academy Partnership (IAP) for Policy
  • since 2017 Vice-President: European Academies Science Advice Council (EASAC)
  • since 2016 Vice President and Foreign Secretary, The Royal Society
  • 2007-2014 Dean of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, University College London, UK
  • 2002-2007 Head of Chemistry: University College London, UK
  • 1998-2007 Director, Davy Faraday Laboratory, Royal Institution
  • 1985-1989 Group Leader: Diffraction group – Daresbury Laboratory


  • 2013 Co-Founder of the UK Catalysis Hub
  • 1994 Founder of the UK Materials Chemistry, High Performance Computing Consortium
  • 1980 Co-Founder of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Discussion Group on Polar Solids (subsequently, Solid State Group)

Auszeichnungen und Mitgliedschaften

  • 2020 Royal Society of Chemistry Faraday Lectureship Award
  • since 2020 Member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina
  • since 2017 Member of the Learned Society of Wales
  • since 2013 Member of the Academia Europaea
  • 2017 Honorary Fellow of the Cuban Chemical Society
  • 2011 Honorary Member of the Chemical Research Society of India
  • 2006 Fellow of TWAS - The World Academy of Science
  • since 2004 Fellow of the Royal Society of London – the UK Academy of Science
  • 1996 Honorary Member of the Materials Research Society of India
  • 1995 Fellow of the Institute of Physics
  • 1990 Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry




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