Charlotte Williams

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Charlotte Williams
Alma mater Imperial College London
Scientific career

University of Oxford
University of Cambridge
University of Minnesota

Imperial College London
Doctoral advisor Vernon C. Gibson

Charlotte Williams is a Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Oxford. Her research focuses on the synthesis of novel catalysts.

Early life and education[edit]

Williams studied chemistry at Imperial College London, graduating with a Bachelor's degree in chemistry. She completed a PhD with Vernon C. Gibson and Nick Long.[1][2]

Research and career[edit]

Williams joined the University of Cambridge as a postdoctoral research associate working with Andrew Bruce Holmes and Richard Friend.[3] Here she focused on the synthesis of Electroactive polymers.[3] She then moved to University of Minnesota, working in the group of Marc Hillymer and William Tollman on zinc catalysis.[4]

In 2003 Williams was appointed to Imperial College London as a lecturer.[5] She was appointed a Senior Lecturer in 2007, a Reader in 2009 and a Professor in 2012.[3] Here she developed sugar-based biodegradable polymers that were produced from lignocellulosic biomass.[6][7] During her time at Imperial she was an inventor of several granted patents.[1]

She joined Trinity College, Oxford in 2016.[8] Her research focuses on metal complexes for use in homogeneous polymerisation catalysis.[8] She identified catalysts that could use of carbon dioxide as a raw material for polymers, which prompted Williams to start Econic Technologies.[8] Econic Technologies has received over £13 million in funding.[9][10][11][12] She also identified transition metal complex catalysts, biorenewable polymers and liquid fuel production.[13] She has developed switchable catalysts that allow the combination of monomers into block copolymers.[14][15][8] Working with Milo Shaffer at Imperial College London, Williams uses nanoparticles in polymer composites.[16] She is a member of the London Centre for Nanotechnology.[17]

She appears regularly in the media, including on BBC Radio 4's In Our Time[18] and at museums and festivals.[19][20] In 2015 she won the WISE Campaign research award for her eco-plastics start-up.[21]

Honours and awards[edit]

2018 Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker Otto Roelen Medal[22]

2017 UK Catalysis Hub Sir John Meurig Thomas Catalysis Medal[23]

2016 Royal Society of Chemistry Corday-Morgan Prize[1]

2015 WISE Campaign Research Award[21]

2011 Bio-Environmental Polymer Society Outstanding Young Scientist Award[24]

2009 Royal Society of Chemistry Energy, Environment and Sustainability Early Career Award[25]

2005 Royal Society of Chemistry Meldola Medal and Prize[26]

2001 Royal Society of Chemistry Laurie Verangno Award[27]


  1. ^ a b c "RSC Corday-Morgan Prize 2016 Winner". Retrieved 2018-05-18.
  2. ^ "Academic Family Tree" (PDF). Retrieved 2018-05-18.
  3. ^ a b c "The Williams Research Group, Imperial College London". Retrieved 2018-05-18.
  4. ^ Williams, Charlotte K.; Breyfogle, Laurie E.; Choi, Sun Kyung; Nam, Wonwoo; Young,, Victor G.; Hillmyer, Marc A.; Tolman, William B. (2003-09). "A Highly Active Zinc Catalyst for the Controlled Polymerization of Lactide". Journal of the American Chemical Society. 125 (37): 11350–11359. doi:10.1021/ja0359512. ISSN 0002-7863. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  5. ^ "Home - PROFESSOR CHARLOTTE K. WILLIAMS". Retrieved 2018-05-18.
  6. ^ "Environment". The Telegraph. 2016-03-30. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 2018-05-18.
  7. ^ "Compostable Plastics Have a Sweet Ending | Imperial News | Imperial College London". Imperial News. Retrieved 2018-05-18.
  8. ^ a b c d Oneltd. "Trinity College – Charlotte Williams". Retrieved 2018-05-18.
  9. ^ "About us – Econic". Econic. Retrieved 2018-05-18.
  10. ^ "Prof. Charlotte Williams – Econic". Econic. Retrieved 2018-05-18.
  11. ^ "Econic Technologies - breathing new life into polymer production". Retrieved 2018-05-18.
  12. ^ "Econic Technologies pioneering technology to help fight climate change" (PDF). Oil and Gas Climate Initiative. 2018. Retrieved 2018-05-18.
  13. ^ "Charlotte Williams - Research Guides". Retrieved 2018-05-18.
  14. ^ Stößer, T.; Chen, T. T. D.; Zhu, Y.; Williams, C. K. (2018-01-13). "'Switch' catalysis: from monomer mixtures to sequence-controlled block copolymers". Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A. 376 (2110): 20170066. doi:10.1098/rsta.2017.0066. PMC 5719223. PMID 29175903.
  15. ^ Zhu, Yunqing; Radlauer, Madalyn R.; Schneiderman, Deborah K.; Shaffer, Milo S. P.; Hillmyer, Marc A.; Williams, Charlotte K. (2018-03-19). "Multiblock Polyesters Demonstrating High Elasticity and Shape Memory Effects". Macromolecules. 51 (7): 2466–2475. doi:10.1021/acs.macromol.7b02690. ISSN 0024-9297.
  16. ^ García-Trenco, A.; White, E. R.; Shaffer, M. S. P.; Williams, C. K. (2016). "A one-step Cu/ZnO quasi-homogeneous catalyst for DME production from syn-gas". Catalysis Science & Technology. 6 (12): 4389–4397. doi:10.1039/c5cy01994j. ISSN 2044-4753.
  17. ^ "Charlotte Williams | London Centre for Nanotechnology". Retrieved 2018-05-18.
  18. ^ "Macromolecules, In Our Time - BBC Radio 4". BBC. Retrieved 2018-05-18.
  19. ^ "New chemistry could make it easier to design materials to order | Imperial News | Imperial College London". Imperial News. Retrieved 2018-05-18.
  20. ^ "Children explore vanishing glass and power of brainwaves at Festival Schools Day | Imperial News | Imperial College London". Imperial News. Retrieved 2018-05-18.
  21. ^ a b "Imperial chemist receives WISE award for eco-plastics start-up | Imperial News | Imperial College London". Imperial News. Retrieved 2018-05-18.
  22. ^ "DECHEMA | Gesellschaft für Chemische Technik und Biotechnologie e.V." (in German). Retrieved 2018-05-18.
  23. ^ Oneltd. "Trinity College – Outstanding Achievement Award". Retrieved 2018-05-18.
  24. ^ "Dr Charlotte Williams wins outstanding young scientist award | Imperial News | Imperial College London". Imperial News. Retrieved 2018-05-18.
  25. ^ "ESED Early Career Award Previous Winner". Retrieved 2018-05-18.
  26. ^ "RSC Awards Archive - Meldola Medal and Prize". Retrieved 2018-05-18.
  27. ^ "Honours and Memberships - PROFESSOR CHARLOTTE K. WILLIAMS". Retrieved 2018-05-18.