05 June 2013

Leading catalysis expert receives award

Chris Hardacre receiving Andrew Medal

Professor Chris Hardacre has been awarded the inaugural Andrew Medal by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) for his contribution to the field of heterogeneous catalysis.

The head of chemistry and chemical engineering at Queen's University Belfast (QUB), UK, was presented with his medal at IChemE's Chemical Engineering and Catalysis conference in London, UK, on 4 June 2013.

The Andrew Medal and Fellowship was established last year to honour Syd Andrew, a distinguished chemical engineer with a special interest in catalysis, who died in 2011.

The award was judged by a panel of international experts and the winner also receives £15,000/y, including expenses, for up to four years to carry out research into the science of formulation of heterogeneous catalysts.

Syd AndrewDavid Brown, IChemE’s chief executive said: “Chris’ research in the field of heterogeneous catalysis is recognised as world-leading. We're delighted that, through the generosity of Professor Syd Andrew, we are able to do more to recognise this important area of chemical engineering."

Chris Hardacre said: “Receiving the Andrew Medal is a real honour and I feel that it brings real recognition to the work that we have been doing on heterogeneous catalysis at Queen‘s University Belfast over the last 15 years.

"Collaboration between chemical engineers, chemists and industry is essential if we are to make real progress. That's what we are doing at QUB. The award gives a big thumbs up to our approach to multidisciplinary working.“

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