Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Chemical Engineering

Senior Lecturer



+44 (0)20 7594 2878ceri.hammond




ACE ExtensionSouth Kensington Campus





Ceri Hammond is a Royal Society University Research Fellow, and heads the Hammond Lab at the Department of Chemical Engineering, where he holds a proleptic position as Senior Lecturer. His group currently consists of 1 PI, 2 PDRA, 7 PhD students and several undergraduate students (MSc/BSc/Erasmus). His research group specialises in several aspects of catalysis and bio-medical engineering. 


The Hammond Lab is currently recruiting 2 PhD students, to undertake graduate studies at the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London. These are fully funded 42-month positions, which are available both to home (UK/EU) and international students.

Positions of research in the following areas are available: 

  • Conversion of renewables (lignocellulose, algae) and waste (plastic) into chemicals
  • Catalytic upgrading of C1 compounds (methane, carbon dioxide) 
  • Development of nanoparticles for hyperthermic cancer treatment
  •  Photocatalytic production of fine chemicals

If you are interested in applying for a studentship in one of these areas, please send a CV and cover letter directly to Ceri Hammond (





Royal Society URF and Senior Lecturer (Proleptic) at the

Department of Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London


Royal Society URF at the

Cardiff Catalysis Institute


RSC Mobility Fellow at the Department of Chemistry, Stanford University (Prof. E. I. Solomon)


Post-doctoral research fellow at the Department of Chemical and Bio-engineering, ETH Zurich (Prof. I. Hermans)


Awarded PhD from Cardiff University (advisor: Prof. G. J. Hutchings CBE FRS)


The Hammond lab sits on the chemistry/chemical engineering interface, and specializes in the development of catalytic processes through a combination of kinetic studies, materials design, in situ spectroscopy and reaction engineering. The three main strands of catalysis research are (1) the development of chemical processes catalysed by solid catalysts, with a particular focus on liquid phase processes; (2) advanced mechanistic studies of catalytic materials and mechanisms, and (3) the intensification i.e. upscaling, of catalytic processes. More recently, the group has also established lines of research focused on groundwater purification and biomedical engineering. 

To date, Ceri has co-authored > 60 articles (>3100 citations and h-index 24 as of September 2019), has obtained 2 international patents, and has provided > 30 oral presentations worldwide (24 invited). Since starting his independent career, Ceri has obtained over £1.5Mi of research funding as PI, and currently holds financial support from several research councils, charities, societies and industry.

Major awards and honours

  • 2019  Appointed to Faculty of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London
  • 2018  Appointed to the Early Career Advisory Board of ACS Catalysis
  • 2017  Highlighted as an Emerging Investigator by the RSC journal, Green Chemistry
  • 2015 Awarded Irvine Review Lectureship at the University of St. Andrews
  • 2015 Awarded a University Research Fellowship by The Royal Society
  • 2013  Awarded the 'Best European PhD Thesis Prize' by the European Federation of Catalysis Societies



Howard IC, Hammond C, Buchard A, 2019, Polymer-supported metal catalysts for the heterogeneous polymerisation of lactones, Polymer Chemistry, Vol:10, ISSN:1759-9954, Pages:5894-5904

Botti L, Navar R, Tolborg S, et al., 2019, Influence of Composition and Preparation Method on the Continuous Performance of Sn-Beta for Glucose-Fructose Isomerisation, Topics in Catalysis, Vol:62, ISSN:1022-5528, Pages:1178-1191

Nicolau G, Tarantino G, Hammond C, 2019, Acceptorless Alcohol Dehydrogenation Catalysed by Pd/C, Chemsuschem, Vol:12, ISSN:1864-5631, Pages:4953-4961

Caiti M, Padovan D, Hammond C, 2019, Continuous production of hydrogen from formic acid decomposition over heterogeneous nanoparticle catalysts: from batch to continuous flow, Acs Catalysis, Vol:9, ISSN:2155-5435, Pages:9188-9198

Motta D, Sanchez F, Alshammari K, et al., 2019, Preformed Au colloidal nanoparticles immobilised on NiO as highly efficient heterogeneous catalysts for reduction of 4-nitrophenol to 4-aminophenol, Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering, Vol:7, ISSN:2213-3437, Pages:103381-103381

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