Dr Thomas Colacot wins 2015 ACS Industrial Chemistry Award

In recognition of his contribution to the area of catalysis

Dr Thomas Colacot, Global R&D Manager of Homogeneous Catalysis at the Johnson Matthey Catalysis and Chiral Technologies (JMCCT) business unit, has been awarded the 2015 American Chemical Society (ACS) National Award for Industrial Chemistry.

This honour is further recognition of Dr Colacot’s contribution to the area of catalysis, as he received an award for Applied Catalysis from the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2012.

The ACS Industrial Chemistry Award recognises one person who has made outstanding contributions to the development and commercialisation of ligands and pre-catalysts for metal-catalysed organic synthesis, particularly palladium cross-couplings, for industrial and academic use and applications. Dr Colacot was singled out for bringing academic concepts to life through practical commercial and industrial applications.

'I am honoured to receive recognition for something I am so passionate about,' said Dr Colacot. 'This is a continued validation that we’re making significant and valuable contributions to the marketplace. There is plenty more to explore, and I look forward to continuing work with our team to bring more concepts to commercialisation.'

Gerard Compagnoni, General Manager of JMCCT, said: 'We are thrilled to see Dr Colacot receive such prestigious recognition for his contribution to the field of catalysis.'

As Global R&D Manager of Homogeneous Catalysis at JMCCT, Dr Colacot is responsible for leading the research and development of homogeneous catalysts for industrial pharmaceutical and fine chemical applications. He has been with Johnson Matthey since 1995, when he began as US Director of Homogeneous Catalysis Research.

All of the 2015 ACS National Award winners will be honoured in a ceremony on Tuesday 24 March 2015, in conjunction with the 249th ACS national meeting in Denver, Colorado. US. Dr Colacot will be a speaker at the event.

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