The presentation consists of two parts: The first on the development of sustainable methodologies for performing multiphasic catalytic reactions in continuous flow; including the sustainable upgrading of alcohols to valuable acid, esters, and amines.
The second part of the talk is on the topic of developing ‘lab of the future’ – some of our more recent endeavours in adopting digital science and automation tools to accelerate the discovery process will be presented.
 F. J. Roberts, C. Richard, F. W. Zemichael, K. K. Hii, K. Hellgardt, C. Brennan and D. Sale, React. Chem. Eng. 2018, 3, 942 - 948, DOI: 10.1039/C8RE00085A.
 A. Y. K. Leung, K. Hellgardt and K. K. Hii, ACS Sus. Chem. Eng. 2018, 6, 5479-5484. DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.8b00338
Professor King Kuok (Mimi) Hii is a Professor of Catalysis at Imperial College London. She began her independent research career in 1997 with an award of a Ramsay Research Fellowship co-sponsored by an ICI strategic research grant, before she was appointed as a Lecturer in Organic Chemistry at King’s College London in the following year. In 2003, she accepted an offer of a Senior Lectureship at the Department of Chemistry at Imperial College London, where she was promoted to a Readership (2009) and Professorship (2016). In 2016, KKH co-led the UK synthetic chemistry community in Phase III of the Dial-a-Molecule Grand Challenge and, in the following year, established UK’s first Grand Challenge Institute: the Centre of Rapid Online Analysis of Reactions (ROAR) at Imperial College’s new White City Research and Innovation campus. In 2018, she led a successful bid for an EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Next Generation Synthesis & Reaction Technology (rEaCt), to champion education and skills training in automation and data-led chemical research. In 2019, she was appointed as an Associate Editor of ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering.
Mimi Hii’s research interest in the area of Catalysis is wide-ranging, encompassing molecular design and synthesis, mechanistic and kinetic studies using new analytical tools, and reaction technologies; particularly for performing multiphasic catalytic reactions in continuous flow. To date, her research work has produced >130 scientific papers (culminating in a h-index of 39), 8 patents, as well as a number of monographs and book chapters.