Catalysts and chemistry: Building a sustainable future

7.00pm to 8.30pm, Friday 2 November

The Theatre

The Royal Institution of Great Britain GB United Kingdom W1S 4BS 21 Albemarle Street London

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Standard £16


Concession £10


Ri Members and Ri Patrons £7

Event description

With limited access to natural resources, scientists must develop new ways to reduce and reuse what we already have. Join Bert Weckhuysen as he explores how chemistry is being used to create waste-powered transport and why it is so difficult to convert carbon dioxide into fuels and chemicals. This event is supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. 

There will be a free drinks reception after the event, courtesy of the Embassay of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. 

The Netherlands and the United Kingdom share a long history of scientific exchange and collaboration. The Netherlands treasures and stimulates these excellent relations, especially in an era where complex societal challenges are not contained by borders, not even the stretch of water between us as North Sea Neighbours. The solutions that these challenges demand international collaboration in research and ongoing exchange of scientific ideas.

About the speaker

Bert Weckhuysen is a professor of Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis at Utrecht University. He was appointed as the first Distinguished Professor of the Faculty of Science at Utrecht University as of September 2012. He is currently a visiting professor at Stanford University & SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (2013-onwards) and University College London (UK, 2014-onwards). In January 2018 he was promoted to Distinguished University Professor at Utrecht University. 

Bert has authored or co-authored around 500 publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals. He is the co-inventor on 3 patents and 8 patent applications. Furthermore, he is the (co-) editor of three books.


The doors will open at approximately 6.30pm, with a prompt start at 7.00pm. There will be time for questions after the talk.

Latecomers will be admitted into the gallery.


This event will be filmed and on the Ri Channel within a few months. Subscribe for free to hear when new videos are released.

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