Professor Chris Hardacre joins as Head of School!

The School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Sciences would like to welcome Professor Chris Hardacre, who joins us today (April 1st 2016) as our new Head of School.

Professor Chris Hardacre

We are very excited about this new addition to our team and look forward to working with someone with such an impressive career so far.  Chris obtained his PhD from Cambridge University in 1994 and worked as an SERC researcher and a Junior Research Fellow at Cambridge’s Emmanuel College until 1995. He then moved to Queen’s University in Belfast as a Lecturer in Physical Chemistry. In 2003, Chris was appointed as Professor of Physical Chemistry and later became Director of Research at the Centre for the Theory and Application for Catalysis (CenTACat). He then became Head of the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering in 2009.

Chris has also seen some huge successes in his research career receiving a USAF Window on Science Visiting Research Fellowship in 2004, the RSC Teamwork in Innovation Award with Merck in 2005, and becoming the inaugural winner of IChemE’s Andrew Medal for Catalysis in 2013. He is now a Fellow of the IChemE and the Royal Society of Chemistry and an elected member of the Royal Irish Academy, as well as being a Co-Principal Investigator for the UK Catalysis Hub.

Chris’s research interests focus on the use of kinetic and spectroscopic techniques to determine gas phase and liquid phase heterogeneously catalysed reaction mechanisms for emission control catalysis, liquid phase hydrogenations, the conversion of biomass to fine chemicals, and the use of ionic liquids for clean energy and process engineering applications. You’ll be able to learn more about this in a future episode of #ChemEngCatchUp on the UoM Chemical Engineering blog. Chris is pleased to be joining our Chemical Engineering community and the University as a whole:

“I am very excited about my new position and expanding the connections that I already have with staff in the University and developing the wealth of opportunities that these will bring.  My wife is from the Ribble Valley and the whole family is delighted with the potential for renewing their acquaintance with the beautiful countryside around Manchester.” 

We hope you’ll join us in welcoming Chris as Head of School; it promises to be an exciting appointment!

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