Professor Graham Hutchings 65th birthday symposium
18 March 2016
On 16th March the School of Chemistry held a scientific symposium to celebrate the 65th birthday of Professor Graham Hutchings.
Prof. Graham Hutchings is a key figure at Cardiff University and in the School of Chemistry. Over the last 19 years he held the position of Head of School and Pro Vice Chancellor for Research, and currently he is Director of the Cardiff Catalysis Institute.
The meeting was very well attended and several speakers reflected on their scientific collaboration with Prof. Hutchings. After opening remarks from Prof. Rudolf Allemann, Prof. Chris Kiely described some of his long-standing collaborative work on cutting edge electron microscopy of catalysts. Former research student, and now independent academic, Dr Ceri Hammond talked about his work on zeolite-based catalysts and interaction with Graham.
Dr Paul Collier, now at Johnson Matthey, explained the importance of controlling catalyst structure, and mentioning how he had worked with Graham on pioneering work to make hydrogen peroxide. Paul’s talk was followed by Dr Ewa Nowicka, presenting some entertaining personal reflections on her research as a student and postdoc at Cardiff working with Graham.
Prof Hutchings provided a fascinating overview of just some of his work in the field of catalysis. Drawing on his personal experiences, he used many examples to illustrate how hard work, inspiration, perseverance and serendipity all played a role in shaping his considerable research achievements. The symposium was closed by Prof. Richard Catlow, who very eloquently summarised the wide ranging influence and impact of Graham’s research.
Following the symposium Graham said: “ I am honoured by the fantastic talks and wonderful discussion. It has been an unforgettable occasion.”
Rudolf Allemann, Head of the School of Chemistry, added: “Graham has made many tremendous contributions to the School of Chemistry, Cardiff University and more widely to science. This very successful symposium was a day of great science and a fitting tribute to Graham.”