Aston University Karen Wilson

By | 12th April 2017

Aston University

Aston University Karen Wilson

Professor of Catalysis and Research Director

Phone number: 0121 204 5456
Email: k.wilson@aston.ac.uk
Room Number: EB128

Profile

I joined Aston in 2013 to take up a position of Chair of Catalysis and Research Director of the European Bioenergy Research Institute (EBRI).

Prior to this I was a Reader in Physical Chemistry at Cardiff University (2009-2013) where I was also a member of the Cardiff Catalysis Institute and in 2011 was awarded a four year Royal Society Industry fellowship to work with Johnson Matthey on the development of catalysts for biofuel synthesis.

From 2007 to 2009 I was a senior lecturer at the University of York, having first been appointed as a lecturer there in 1999. Prior to this I undertook postdoctoral research in the Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence at York (1998-99) and at the University of Cambridge with Professor Richard M Lambert (1996-98).

  • Qualifications & Education

  • BA (Hons) Natural Sciences, University of Cambridge, (1992)
  • MSc (Distinction) Heterogeneous Catalysis and Surface Science (1993)
  • PhD in Heterogeneous Catalysis and Surface Science, ‘Poison and promoter species in Pt catalysed hydrocarbon oxidation’ University of Cambridge (1996)
  • Employment

  • 2013 – to date: Professor of Catalysis and Research Director, European Bioenergy Research Institute, Aston University.
  • 2009 – 2013: Reader in Physical Chemistry, Cardiff Catalysis Institute, School of Chemistry, Cardiff University.
  • 2007 – 2009: Senior Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of York.
  • 1999-2007: Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of York.
  • 1998 – 1999: EPSRC Funded Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Chemistry, University of York.
  • 1996-1998: EPSRC Funded Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge.