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Young Researchers

James Mc Gregor


1. Could you briefly describe your background & experience, and how you came to work on OCMOL?

I received my Ph.D. in heterogeneous catalysis from the University of Cambridge. I continued my career at Cambridge University as a post-doctoral research associate and subsequently a lecturer. During my post-doc, I was approached by Johnson Matthey, suggesting that CAM become involved in OCMOL project. Thereafter, I attended the initial kick-off meeting and have been involved in the project since.


2. What are currently / will be the most promising results regarding the work done in Cambridge University and in overall in the  SPs you are involved in the framework of OCMOL?

I think that, within the work being conducted at CAM, the development of the high temperature/pressure NMR reactor is highly significant, as it facilitates the exploration of new reaction spaces from the perspective of magnetic resonance. More widely, within SP4, the development of new catalysts for ethylene oligomerisation is very promising and an important development.


3. Which are, according to your experience, the strong and the weak points of  OCMOL?

A strong point of OCMOL is the excellent coordination by UGENT.  Despite being a broad project, covering various research fields, the coordinators manage to focus the attempts of all partners on the common goals.
However, in my view, it is inevitable that the scientific interests of each consortium member will be focused on a limited number of SPs,  and hence it is challenging to ensure engagement across the entire scope of the OCMOL project. 


4. Do you think the number of the partners is reasonable for OCMOL project?

Yes I think that, for the scope of the project, 20 partners is a reasonable number.


5. What is the reason that you will leave OCMOL?

The reason for leaving OCMOL is that I got a job as a lecturer in Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Sheffield.


6. Would you participate in another European project?

Of course I would do so. Working with other university and industry partners creates a really fantastic environment.