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Professor Duncan Wass

Professor Duncan Wass

Director of the Cardiff Catalysis Institute

Biography

Duncan completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Durham (1992-1995). He then studied for his PhD (1995-1998) under the supervision of Professor Vernon Gibson CB FRS at Imperial College, London in the area of late transition metal olefin polymerisation catalysis. In 1999, he joined BP Chemicals Ltd, working in their Sunbury-on-Thames laboratories on various olefin polymerisation and oligomerisation projects.  After secondment to a commercial sales and marketing team, he moved to BP’s research site in Brussels, Belgium. Duncan moved back into an academic environment in 2004, joining the School of Chemistry at the University of Bristol and was promoted to Professor of Catalysis in 2012.  He moved to Cardiff University in 2018 where he is currently Professor of Catalysis and Director of the Cardiff Catalysis Institute.

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Our research interests are in organometallic chemistry and homogeneous catalysis relevant to sustainability.  Catalysis is one of the key tools for low carbon manufacturing and achieving net zero, and we have wide ranging interests in both the fundamental science relevant to this and translating this science into new processes and applications. Specific recent and current areas of interest are:

- Selective catalytic upgrading of small bio-alcohols into advanced biofuels

- Catalytic conversion of carbon dioxide into products

- Selective oligomerisation of olefins

- Using catalysis to make self-healing materials

- Catalytic conversion of waste (including plastics) into products

- Small bite angle phosphine ligands in catalysis