Michael North obtained his BSc from Durham University and his D.Phil from the University of Oxford. Since 2013, he has been professor of green chemistry within the Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence at the University of York. Prior to this he held organic chemistry academic positions at the Universities of Newcastle, London and Wales. Professor North’s research interests are focussed on CO2 utilization, catalysis by Earth crust abundant metals, chemistry in green solvents and synthesis of polymers from sustainable feedstocks. He has published over 190 papers and was awarded the 2001 Descartes Prize by the European Commission and the 2014 green chemistry award by the Royal Society of Chemistry. He is joint director of CO2Chem, the largest international network to bring together academics, industrialists and other parties interested in developing carbon dioxide utilisation.