Sir Richard Catlow
Charles Richard Arthur Catlow
24 April 1947
|Alma mater||University of Oxford (BA, DPhil)|
|Institutions||University College London|
|Thesis||Defect structures in fluorite crystals (1973)|
|Doctoral advisor||A. B. Lidiard|
|Doctoral students||Robin Grimes, Saiful Islam|
Sir Charles Richard Arthur Catlow (born 24 April 1947) is a British chemist and professor at University College London and Cardiff University. Previously, he was Director of the Davy-Faraday Research Laboratory (1998-2007), and Wolfson Professor of Natural Philosophy at the Royal Institution. Since 2016, he has served as the foreign secretary of the Royal Society., and since 2021 as President of the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP).
Catlow has developed and applied computer models to solid state and materials chemistry. By combining his computational methods with experiments, Catlow has made contributions to areas as diverse as catalysis and mineralogy.
His approach has advanced understanding of how defects (missing or extra atoms) in the structure of solids can result in non-stoichiometric compounds. Such compounds have special electrical or chemical properties since their contributing elements are present in slightly different proportions to those predicted by chemical formulae.
Catlow's work has offered insight into mechanisms of industrial catalysts, especially involving microporous materials and metal oxides. In structural chemistry and mineralogy, simulation methods are now routinely used to predict the structures of complex solids and silicates respectively, following Catlow's demonstrations of their power.
In December 2014, Catlow was the winner of the Gerhard Ertl Lecture at the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society in Berlin. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2004 and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC).[when?] In 2020, he was awarded the Faraday Lectureship Prize from the Royal Society of Chemistry. Catlow was knighted in the 2020 Birthday Honours for services to leadership in science and research.
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