Charlotte Williams Research

Department of Chemistry University of Oxford

Charlotte Williams is Professor of Catalysis and Polymer Chemistry. Her group is multidisciplined with expertise focused in organometallic chemistry and polymer materials chemistry. Research in polymer chemistry within her group includes the synthesis of polymerisation catalysts, controlled polymerisations, catalytic activation of renewable resources, synthesis of biodegradable and biocompatible polymers for applications in medicine and the synthesis of electroactive polymers for applications in electronics.

She has worked at Imperial since 2003 (2003-7: Lecturer; 2007-9: Senior Lecturer; 2009-2012: Reader; 2012: Professor). Before this, she was a postdoctoral research associate at Cambridge University, working with Professor Andrew Holmes and Professor Richard Friend on the synthesis of electroactive polymers, and at the University of Minnesota, working with Marc Hillmyer and Bill Tolman in zinc catalysis. She did her PhD research at Imperial College in catalysis working with Vernon Gibson and Nick Long. 

Awards & Commendations

  • Macro Group UK Medal (2018)
  • The Otto Roelen Medal (2018)
  • The Sir John Meurig Thomas Catalysis Medal (2017)
  • The RSC Corday-Morgan Prize (2016)
  • Women in Science and Engineering Tech Start Up Award (2015)
  • BEPS Oustanding Early Career Academic Award (2011)
  • The RSC Energy, Environment and Sustainability Award (2009)
  • The Meldola Medal (2005)
  • The Young Researcher Award (2001)