Richard Catlow

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Richard Catlow

Charles Richard Arthur Catlow

(1947-04-24) April 24, 1947 (age 72)[1]
Alma mater University of Oxford (BA, DPhil)
Scientific career
Fields Chemistry
Materials Science
Computational science[2]
Institutions University College London
Royal Institution
Thesis Defect structures in fluorite crystals (1973)
Doctoral advisor A. B. Lidiard[3]
Doctoral students Robin Grimes[4], Saiful Islam

(Charles) Richard Arthur Catlow FRS FRSC FInstP (born 24 April 1947) is a British chemist, and professor at University College London.[5][2][6] Previously, he was Director of the Davy Faraday Research Laboratory, and Wolfson Professor of Natural Philosophy at the Royal Institution. [1][7] Since 2016 he has served as the foreign secretary of the Royal Society.[8][9][10][11]


He earned a Bachelor of Arts honours degree in 1970, and Doctor of Philosophy degree in 1974, from the University of Oxford.[3][12]

Career and research

Catlow is developing and applying computer models to solid state and materials chemistry — areas of chemistry that investigate the synthesis, structure and properties of materials in the solid phase.[11] By combining his powerful computational methods with experiments, Richard has made considerable contributions to areas as diverse as catalysis and mineralogy.[11]

His approach has also advanced our understanding of how defects — missing or extra atoms — in the structure of solids can result in non-stoichiometric compounds.[11] Such compounds have special electrical or chemical properties since their contributing elements are present in slightly different proportions to those predicted by chemical formula.[11]

Catlow’s work has offered insight into mechanisms of industrial catalysts, especially involving microporous materials and metal oxides.[11] In structural chemistry and mineralogy. Simulation methods are now routinely used to predict the structures of complex solids and silicates, respectively, thanks to Catlow’s demonstrations of their power.[11]

Awards and honours

In December 2014 he was the winner of the Gerhard Ertl Lecture at the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society in Berlin. [13] He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2004[1] and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC).[when?]


  1. ^ a b c Anon (2017). "Catlow, Prof. (Charles) Richard (Arthur)". Who's Who. (online Oxford University Press ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.U10453. (subscription or UK public library membership required) (subscription required)
  2. ^ a b Richard Catlow publications indexed by Google Scholar
  3. ^ a b Catlow, Charles Richard Arthur (1973). Defect structures in fluorite crystals. (DPhil thesis). University of Oxford. OCLC 500400761. EThOS
  4. ^ Grimes, Robin William (1988). Quantum mechanical and classical modelling of defects in metal oxides. (PhD thesis). University of Keele. OCLC 556710010. EThOS
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 20 November 2011. Retrieved 2 December 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ Richard Catlow publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database. (subscription required)
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 11 February 2012. Retrieved 2 December 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "Council". The Royal Society. The Royal Society. Retrieved 1 October 2017.
  9. ^ "Thomas Young Centre". Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  10. ^ "Richard Catlow". Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  11. ^ a b c d e f g Anon (2004). "Professor Richard Catlow FRS". royalsociety. London: Royal Society. One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from the website where:

    “All text published under the heading 'Biography' on Fellow profile pages is available under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.” --Royal Society Terms, conditions and policies at the Wayback Machine (archived 2016-11-11)

  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 31 May 2012. Retrieved 2 December 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ "FHI". Retrieved 16 December 2018.
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