CATSA2022 Conference

Prof Graham J Hutchings

Prof Graham J Hutchings

Cardiff University, Cardiff, United Kingdom

Bio

Graham Hutchings is distinguished for his work in the field of heterogeneous catalysis, in particular catalysis by gold and oxidation catalysis. Hutchings has not followed the standard academic career profile of establishing oneself in a field by doing PhD and postdoctoral research in the same fields thereby building a steady profile in a specific field from an early age. Following a PhD in biological chemistry on in vivo ATP synthesis, he was recruited by ICI for a biological chemistry project but they scrapped the research before he joined the company, and so he was forced to switch fields to heterogeneous catalysis to remain with ICI. He stayed with ICI for 9 years in mainly research, production and production support managerial posts – he was carbonylation plant manager at one stage in 1980-81 responsible for production valued at the time in excess of €120M. He became an academic in 1984 and has established himself as an internationally leading researcher in heterogeneous catalysis, particularly in catalyst discovery which is at the heart of this proposal. He has held 3 academic chairs (Witwatersrand, Liverpool, Cardiff) and for each he has reshaped his research and attacked new fields and has a proven track record in opening up new fields of heterogeneous catalysis using multidisciplinary approaches. Most recently he established the Cardiff Catalysis Institute in 2008 and this has now become one of the leading research centres for catalysis globally. His research is based on fundamental science of catalyst discovery which is then translated into application. His most significant discovery concerns catalysis by gold and a gold catalyst based on his discovery has recently been commercialised in China by Johnson Matthey, thereby eradicating the use of mercury as a catalyst. He has over 812 publications (686 refereed journal research papers; 45 Patents; 64 Review articles; 17 Edited works, over 44801 citations (Google Scholar 17.04.19), h-index 97, over 230 research lecture presentations worldwide.