Dr John Griffin (contact) - A lecturer in materials chemistry at Lancaster University. My research interests concern the study of structure and mechanisms in materials - in particular those with energy storage or conversion applications. One of the key tools I use for this is solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, a powerful anayltical technique that can provide detailed information about atomic-scale structure, disorder and dynamics.

Most of my research has involved developing and applying NMR experiments to study materials and combining this with insight from computational calculations. In this way it is often possible to get access to information that is very difficult to obtain from other experimental approaches.

Dr John Griffin

•	Dr Verena Görtz

Dr Verena Görtz (contact) - Verena is a lecturer in Materials Chemistry at the Department of Chemistry. She came to Lancaster University from the University of York, where she was a Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellow in the Advanced Functional Materials Group of the Department of Chemistry.


Verena studied for her PhD in the field of polymer chemistry at the Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz, Germany. Her research explores the fascinating area of self-organised soft matter, and centres on exploring and exploiting aspects of polymer, colloid, and liquid crystal materials. The aim is to develop micron to nano-structured smart materials with applications in areas such as optical sensing, actuation (artificial muscles), photonics, and stimuli-responsive devices.

Dr John Hardy (contact) - A lecturer in materials chemistry at Lancaster University. I am a multidisciplinary scientist with experience in chemistry, materials science, pharmacy and biomedical engineering. I am interested in developing materials for drug delivery, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.

Dr John Hardy

Dr Robert Young


Dr Robert Young (contact) - I am an experimental scientist leading a quantum information processing group within the Quantum Technology Centre at Lancaster University. My research straddles three main disciplines; material science, quantum optics and information security. Through the hybridisation of these fields I’m driving a unique research theme; investigating the application of light-matter interfaces in low-dimensional structures for physical security applications. I'm the co-founder of a spin-out company, Quantum Base.