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Peter Williams Memorial Seminar

16th October 2013

Slide: remenbering Peter WilliamsOn the 9th October, the Cardiff Catalysis Institute hosted the first seminar series in memory of the late Dr Peter Williams who sadly passed away in 2012.

Peter was a graduate of Cardiff University, having successfully completed a PhD in Surface Science.  Subsequently Peter became the first postdoctoral researcher at the then newly formed Leverhulme Centre for Innovative Catalysis in Liverpool University, collaborating with Prof. Graham Hutchings and many others.

Peter progressed to Johnson Matthey, where he put his knowledge, thoughts and foresight in to action helping answer and improves many industrial catalytic problems and processes.  At Johnson Matthey and with his innovation and determination, he helped to oversee a number of projects, and rose through the company to become one of the senior management team.

The seminars were attended by past colleagues, and the work presented and the memories shared, demonstrated how mJohnson Matthey and Catheirne Brooksany people Peter had inspired and helped.  Indeed the whole afternoon proved to be a highly motivating and informative event for current students.

The talks were given by:

  • Martin Partridge (Johnson Matthey) - Lecture on syngas
  • Justin Hargreaves (Glasgow University) – The Peter Williams Memorial Lecture
  • Catherine Brookes (Catalysis Hub, Harwell and CCI)- Successful recipient of the JM travel bursary

In honour of the support Peter showed Cardiff and indeed the wider catalytic community, Johnson Matthey sponsored a travel bursary in his name.  The successful recipient, from a wide range of application, was Catherine Brookes, a PhD student at the Catalysis Hub.  Catherine entertained us with a fascinating talk on her work on Iron Molybdate catalysts and showed how she used the travel award to attend Europacat to present her work.