Roger Sheldon is a recognised authority on Green Chemistry and Catalysis and is widely known for developing the concepts of E factors and atom utilisation for assessing the environmental footprint of chemical processes. He is Professor Emeritus of Biocatalysis and Organic Chemistry of Delft University of Technology and Chief Executive Officer of CLEA Technologies. His research interests are in green chemistry, (bio)catalysis and enzyme immobilization.
Among other awards, he received the RSC 2010 Green Chemistry Award “in recognition of the role that he has played as one of the founding fathers of green chemistry and in particular for his work on the development of clean, catalytic technologies for waste minimization and elimination of toxic/hazardous materials in chemicals manufacture”. He was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 2015.
He has a Ph.D. from the University of Leicester (UK) and prior to joining Delft University, in 1991, he had 20 years industrial experience, as Vice President for Research & Development at DSM / Andeno from 1980 to 1990 and with Shell Research Amsterdam from 1969 to 1980.