Plenary and invited speakers
Professor Helen Gleeson OBE FInstP - is an experimental physicist whose research aims primarily at understanding self-assembling and self-ordering materials, especially chiral liquid crystals. She has developed several techniques that have allowed novel aspects of liquid crystal physics to be investigated. Much of my recent work has involved the use of state of the art optical and x-ray techniques which allow detailed insight into molecular ordering and structural deformations in liquid crystals and device. She has received numerous awards including the G. W. Gray Medal, the inaugural Cyril Hilsum Medal, and was awarded an OBE for Services to Science in 2009.
Professor Peter Haynes - His research interests focus on the development of new linear-scaling methods for performing large-scale first-principles quantum-mechanical simulations and their application to materials science, nanotechnology and biological systems. He is an author of the ONETEP code and was awarded the Maxwell Medal and Prize for Computational Physics by the Institute of Physics in 2010. He is the Director of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Theory and Simulation of Materials, which offers at least ten funded PhD studentships each year.
Prof. Cinzia Casiraghi - Her research investigates the electronic, vibrational and optical properties of low-dimensional materials such as graphene, and carbon nanotubes. The aim is to exploit the huge innovation potential of these new materials in electronics, photonics, sensors and bioengineering. Currently she is exploring new 2-dimensional materials, such as graphene, dichalcogenides, and their combination in superlattices and hetero-structures in order to develop new electronic devices and photovoltaics compatible with low cost and flexible substrates. In 2014 she was awarded the Marlow Award from the Royal Society of Chemistry.
Ken Lewtas - He has worked in many areas of material science, from soft matter to systems under extreme conditions. His interests are wide-ranging and include computation chemistry, phase changes, polymer science, polymer processing and energetic materials. Ken has spent almost 40 years working in industrial R&D all over the world and recently retired from Infineum (JV between ExxonMobil and Shell) to set up his own company. He has created many new successful products and new businesses. He is also a visiting professor at the Universities of Warwick and Edinburgh and a visiting scientist at the Diamond Light Source and member of the Industrial Science Committee. In 2013 he was awarded the RSC “Creativity in Industry” prize.