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Dr. Mimi Hii graduated with a BSc (First Class Honours) degree from the University of Leeds, where she conducted postgraduate research under the supervision of Prof. B. L. Shaw, FRS, supported by the ORS award, Tetley-Lupton, and Edward Boyle Memorial Scholarships. After receiving her PhD (1994), she joined Dr John M. Brown, FRS at Oxford University to examine aspects of the Heck arylation reaction (funded by EPSRC). During this period she was awarded a Keeley Junior Research Fellowship by Wadham College, and held a Teaching Fellowship at St. Hilda's College.

The award of a Ramsay Memorial Fellowship in 1997, with additional support from ICI Strategic Funding, enabled her to initiate independent research at University of Leeds. Her first lectureship appointment was at King's College London (1998), followed by a Senior Lectureship at Imperial College (2003), and a subsequent promotion to a Readership in July 2009.

Her main research interests are in the area of homogeneous, including asymmetric, catalysis and their applications in organic synthesis. In 2004, she joined the committee of the Applied Catalysis Group (Royal Society of Chemistry), and has been actively engaged in promoting catalytic technologies to academia, industry and governmental organisations. This included the organisation of several scientific meetings, including the highly popular Challenges in Catalysis for Fine Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals meetings in London (2007 and 2009), set to become a regular biannual event.

In 2010, she became a member of the Steering Group of the EPSRC Grand Challenge network: Dial-a-Molecule. In 2013, she was admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC).

Sucker for new challenges, she forays into other subject areas such as heterogeneous catalysis, material science, EXAFS, chemical engineering and medical diagnostics, by collaborating with other scientists/engineers. This result in publications that (sometimes) surprise and confuse her friends.