Royal Society University Research Fellow, Head of Research Group
Ceri Hammond is a Royal Society University Research Fellow, and heads the Catalysis Engineering research group at the Cardiff Catalysis Institute (CCI), which currently consists of 1 PI, 2 PDRA, 7 PhD students and several undergraduate students (MSc/BSc/Erasmus).
Ceri obtained his PhD under the guidance of Prof. Graham J. Hutchings FRS at the Cardiff Catalysis Institute. His research during this period was recognised by the biennial “Best European PhD Thesis Award” of the European Federation of Catalysis Societies (EFCATS). Following periods at ETH Zürich (post-doctoral research fellow with Prof. Ive Hermans, 2011-2014) and Stanford University (RSC Mobility Fellow with Prof. Edward I. Solomon, 2014-2015), he was awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship. His fellowship is also partially supported by Stanford University, where he continues to spend several months each year.
Research interests and output
The Hammond group sits on the chemistry/chemical engineering interface, and specializes in the development of heterogeneous catalytic processes through a combination of kinetic studies (transient, steady state), materials design, in situ spectroscopy and reaction engineering. The three main strands of research are (1) the development of chemical processes catalysed by solid catalysts, with a particular focus on liquid phase applications; (2) advanced mechanistic studies of catalytic materials and mechanisms through micro-kinetic analysis and in situ spectroscopic study, particularly with (resonance) Raman, UV-Vis, FT-IR and XAS, and (3) the intensification i.e. upscaling, of catalytic processes. Overviews of some research projects currently on-going in the Hammond lab are available here.
To date, Ceri has co-authored > 50 articles (> 2200 citations and h-index 21 as of March 2018), has obtained 2 international patents, and has provided > 20 oral presentations worldwide (15 invited). Since starting his independent career, Ceri has obtained over £1,000,000 of research funding as PI, and currently holds financial support from several research councils, charities, societies and industry.
Major awards and honours
2018 Appointed to the Early Career Advisory Board of ACS Catalysis
2017 Highlighted as an “Emerging Investigator” by Green Chemistry
2016 Awarded a Bürgen Fellowship by the Academia Europaea
2015 Invited named lectureship: Irvine Review Lecture at the University of St. Andrews
2015 Awarded a University Research Fellowship by The Royal Society
2015 Appointed as Visiting Scholar at Stanford University
2013 Awarded the ‘Best European PhD Thesis Prize’ by EFCATS
2008 Awarded a PhD fellowship to pursue self-funded post-graduate study
2008 MSc 1st class (hons) from Cardiff University