Chris Hardacre is Head of the School of Natural Sciences at the University of Manchester. He obtained a PhD from Cambridge University in 1994 and moved to Queen’s University, Belfast in 1995 and was appointed as Professor of Physical Chemistry in 2003. In 2016, he moved to the University of Manchester. He was awarded the Royal Society of Chemistry Encouraging Innovation Award with Merck Chemicals Ltd and was part of the team to win the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Further and Higher Education, in 2013 was the inaugural winner of the IChemE’s Andrew Medal for catalysis and in 2022 won the Tilden prize from the RSC. His group has strong research interests in catalysis and ionic liquids. He is a co-PI of the UK Catalysis Hub and is an elected member of the Royal Irish Academy. He has >490 publications and 11 patents.