Duncan Wass was born in Leicestershire. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Durham (1992-1995). He then studied for his PhD (1995-1998) under the supervision of Professor Vernon Gibson FRS at Imperial College, London in the area of late transition metal olefin polymerisation catalysis.
In 1999, he joined BP Chemicals Ltd, working in their Sunbury-on-Thames laboratories on various olefin polymerisation and oligomerisation projects. After secondment to a commercial sales and marketing team, he moved to BP’s research site in Brussels, Belgium. Duncan joined the School of Chemistry at Bristol University in January 2004, and was promoted to Professor of Catalysis in 2012. He leads Bristol’s involvement in the Bath-Bristol-Cardiff EPSRC CDT in Catalysis, sits on the steering group for the EPSRC UK Catalysis Hub and is Research Director for The School of Chemistry at Bristol.
He lives in Bristol with his wife and two children. His interests include cooking, music, fly fishing, hill walking and supporting Leicester City.