Sir John Meurig Thomas Catalysis Medal 2022
1 December 2022
A researcher from Cardiff University has won a prestigious award dedicated to the memory of one of Wales’ most distinguished scientists.
Professor Stuart Taylor from the School of Chemistry was awarded the Sir John Meurig Thomas (JMT) medal at the UK Catalysis Hub Winter Conference.
He was selected from a list of top mid-career scientists working in the United Kingdom for the impact and application of his research.
“It is a privilege and a great honour to be awarded the 2022 JMT medal,” said Professor Taylor.
“I met Sir John many times, especially in his role as visiting Professor at Cardiff. He was always encouraging and enthusiastic and very gracious with his time and guidance, and his pioneering work influenced my own research.”
Professor Taylor’s work has informed the design of new catalysts and delivered impact in the fields of energy, sustainability, green chemistry, and environmental protection.
His research has shaped environmental catalysis for life support and atmospheric emission control with recent projects pioneering bi-metallic supported nanoparticle catalysts for direct conversion of carbon dioxide to synthetic fuels, an important process for meeting net zero carbon targets.
Sir John Meurig Thomas, who died in 2020, had served as Honorary Distinguished Professor in the School of Chemistry at Cardiff University since 2005. Recognised globally as one of the most eminent figures in catalytic science over the past century, Sir John was a pioneer in many of the techniques and concepts that have now become standard in the field.
A generous supporter of the UK Catalysis Hub and its events, the Hub established the annual award in honour of his achievements.
Professors Graham Hutchings and Sir Richard Catlow of Cardiff University said: “Stuart has made many seminal contributions to heterogeneous catalysis translating fundamental catalysis into everyday use applications.
“He has pioneered innovative approaches to the synthesis of heterogeneous catalysts, developing fundamental understanding of catalytic processes. His catalyst discoveries are used in many commercial applications today benefiting society.”