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International accolades

25 May 2011

IPMI WEBProfessor Graham Hutchings and Dr Jennifer Edwards

Two members of the School of Chemistry have received Distinguished Achievement Awards from the International Precious Metals Institute (IPMI).

Highly prestigious, only three of these prizes are awarded worldwide each year.

Professor Graham Hutchings, Director of the Cardiff Catalysis Institute and Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research, has been awarded the IPMI Henry J. Albert Award. This recognises and encourages outstanding theoretical and experimental contributions to the science and technology of precious metals. He is only the second UK-based researcher to be given this award since its inception in 1979.

Elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 2009, Professor Hutchings has had a long and distinguished career, devoting much of his time to the understanding and application of catalysis theory and function. His research findings were the first to support the use of gold as an important new catalyst.

Dr Jennifer Edwards, a post-doctoral researcher at the Cardiff Catalysis Institute has been named as the first-ever recipient of the IPMI Carol Tyler Award. Named after a former President of the IPMI, the award recognises the achievements of a woman in the field of precious metals, be it in industry or academia.

Dr Edwards’ work focuses on the use of gold and gold palladium alloys as catalysts, and particularly for the really challenging reaction of hydrogen and oxygen to make hydrogen peroxide.

Professor Hutchings commented: "Jenny and I have collaborated on gold catalysis for over seven years and it is a great honour that our work has been recognised in this way."

Based in the United States, the IPMI seeks and promotes the efficient and environmentally sound use, reuse, and recycling of precious metals from both primary and secondary sources. Professor Hutchings and Dr Edwards will be attending the prize ceremony in America in June.

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