Chris is the University of Manchester-Diamond Light Source Research Fellow in Catalysis, working at Diamond light source within The University of Manchester at Harwell group. His research is focused on the development of catalytic systems for a range of chemical transformations, and the utilisation of X-ray spectroscopy to gain an understanding of the catalytic active site. Prior to joining the University of Manchester, Chris worked at Aston University within the European Bioenergy Research Institute developing catalytic nanomaterials for biomass upgrading to fine chemicals and fuels, which followed post-doctoral research positions at the University of Warwick and Cardiff University. Chris obtained his PhD from Cardiff University, which was undertaken under the guidance of Professors Adam F. Lee and Karen Wilson, investigating Pd nanoparticle doped porous oxides for catalytic selective oxidation of alcohols. This followed an MSc in Green Chemistry and Sustainable Industrial Technology at the University of York, and a BSc in Chemistry from Anglia Ruskin University.