Stan Golunski was formerly Professor of Catalysis at Cardiff University, UK, and one of the founder-members of the Cardiff Catalysis Institute. He received his PhD in 1982 from the University of Portsmouth, UK, for a study of heterogeneous catalysis for converting simple hydrocarbons into chemical products. After teaching chemistry in secondary schools for the next five years, he returned to research when he took up a fellowship at Reading University to study the synthesis of methanol and higher alcohols. Between 1989 and 2009, he worked at the Johnson Matthey Technology Centre, Sonning Common, UK, on catalytic materials and systems for gas-phase applications. His interests lie in the fundamentals and applications of supported nanoparticle catalysts, mainly in the context of environmental protection and for the production of hydrogen from biofuels.