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Professor Duncan Wass

Professor Duncan Wass

Professor Duncan Wass
BSc (hons), PhD

Visiting Professor

Office N515
Cantock's Close,
Clifton, Bristol BS8 1TS
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+44 (0) 117 928 7655


Our research interests are in the area of homogeneous catalysis and organometallic chemistry. Catalysis is the key tool used both industrially and in academic laboratories to make useful molecules and a broad range of chemical products are our targets, from high molecular weight polymers to small molecules. The drivers for this work are achieving better catalytic activity and selectivity, using cheaper and greener feedstocks, and producing end-materials with better performance. We have specific interest in transition metal-containing frustrated Lewis pairs, new catalysts for selective olefin oligomerisation, catalytic upgrading of bioethanol and composite materials with new functionality.


Duncan Wass completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Durham (1992-1995). He then studied for his PhD (1995-1998) under the supervision of Professor Vernon Gibson FRS at Imperial College, London. In 1999, he joined BP Chemicals Ltd, working in their Sunbury-on-Thames laboratories.  After secondment to a commercial sales and marketing team, he moved to BP's research site in Brussels, Belgium. Duncan joined the School of Chemistry at Bristol University in January 2004, and was promoted to Professor of Catalysis in 2012.


  • homogeneous catalysis
  • organometallic compounds
  • molecules
  • biofuels
  • low carbon chemical manufacturing
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