Professor Gopinathan Sankar is Professor of Materials Chemistry with the focus on Heterogeneous Catalysis and Synchrotron Radiation techniques. His group is multidisciplinary and currently consists of 7 PhD students and 3 MSc students. Research in Catalytic chemistry within his group includes the synthesis of catalysts, Characterisation by a range of techniques and catalytic performance for a range of reactions, which includes selective oxidation of organic substrates, alcohol to hydrocarbon conversions and environmental catalysis. He has been at UCL since 2007. Before this, he was at The Royal Institution of GB since 1990.