Prof Chris Hardacre


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Chris Hardacre is Head of the School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science at the University of Manchester.

He obtained a PhD from Cambridge University in 1994 and was an SERC/junior research fellow at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. He moved to Queen’s University, Belfast (QUB) in 1995 as a lecturer in Physical Chemistry and in 2003, he was appointed as Professor of Physical Chemistry. In 2016, he moved to the University of Manchester. In 2004 he was awarded a USAF, Window on Science visiting research fellowship. He was awarded the Royal Society of Chemistry Encouraging Innovation Award with Merck Chemicals Ltd in 2005 for is work in ionic liquids and the US R and D 100 award for the development of spatially resolved measurements in catalytic monoliths with Alex Goguet (QUB) and colleagues from the Oak Ridge National Lab in 2008. In 2013 he was the inaugural winner of the IChemE’s Andrew Medal for catalysis.

He has published over 350 papers, 9 patents, 6 book chapters and has an H-index of 57.



  • B.A. in Natural Sciences – University of Cambridge (1990)
  • PhD – University of Cambridge (1994) 
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, CChem 
  • Fellow of the Institute of Chemical Engineers, CEng 
  • Elected Member of the Royal Irish Academy

Areas of expertise

  • QD Chemistry - Catalysis, Ionic Liquids, Synchrotron, Neutron, Heterogeneous Catalysis, In-situ method development, Neutron Scattering, Structure-reactivity correlations

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