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Dr Elizabeth Rowsell OBE

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Johnson Matthey, Bounts Court, Sonning Common, RG4 9NH, UK

Liz Rowsell is Director of the Johnson Matthey Technology Centres, with locations in the UK, USA and South Africa. Liz was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s 2021 Birthday Honours List for her services to Chemistry, Commercialisation and Promoting Diversity in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM).

She received her PhD in 1993 from the University of Essex, UK, in collaboration with the Nitrogen Fixation Unit at Sussex University, UK, investigating charge interactions in Fe-S proteins and Fe coordination complexes using Mössbauer spectroscopy.

Liz joined Johnson Matthey as a Research Scientist developing metal-based therapeutics for the treatment of sepsis in 1993.  During her career with Johnson Matthey, Liz has worked on the development of catalysts for use in pharmaceuticals, food and personal safety, as well as programmes in biomass processing, gas purification and materials for energy production.

She also works closely with Universities and Research Councils, both in the UK and globally; represents Johnson Matthey on several Industry Advisory Boards; is a board member of the Royal Society of Chemistry and is Chair of its audit and risk committee.

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