Karen Wilson

Karen Wilson

Professor, RMIT University, Melbourne

Title: Designing Advanced Catalytic Materials for Bioenergy Applications

Professor Karen Wilson was appointed was Professor of Catalysis in the School of Science at RMIT University in 2018, and was previously Chair of Catalysis and Research Director of the European Bioenergy Research Institute at Aston University, UK (2013-17), where she also held a prestigious Royal Society Industry Fellowship in collaboration with Johnson Matthey. She has published >250 peer-reviewed articles (h-index 65, 13450 citations Google Scholar). Karen’s research focusses on the development of tuneable porous heterogeneous catalysts for use in green and sustainable chemistry and the utilisation of renewable resources in chemical processes. Recent projects have spanned the conversion of biomass from agriculture or forestry waste to fuels and chemicals, to the transformation of bakery waste to additives for application in coatings and polymers. She has also worked on depollution technologies to remove organic contaminants from waste water in the seafood industry and palm and olive oil plantations in South East Asia.