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Theme Panel Chair
Professor Ken Evans
University of Exeter
Tel: 01392 26 3648

Theme Panel Secretary
Paul Hudson
GWR Project Manager
Tel: 01392 269104


There is outstanding expertise in Material Science in the South West of England, in particualr in Nanoparticles & Nanocomposites; Biomaterials; Carbons & Graphite; Joining & Bonding; Sensors & Actuators; and High Band Gap Semiconductors & Devices.

GWR are funding 45 PhD studentships in Materials and 5 Research Fellows and has provided the South West with a 'critical mass' in research capacity (particualrly in Aerospace studentships) that ensures the region will be at the fore-front of innovation in this wide-ranging area.

New Frontiers in Materials - World changing science and technology

GWR are organising an innovative new seminar series - New Frontiers in Materials - which aims to expose postgraduates and researchers to high-impact, world changing research in the South West of England. These seminars can viewed 'live' at Exeter, Bath, Bristol, UWE and Plymouth via Access Grid nodes in these universities.


Archived Seminars

12th May, 14.00 - 15.00, Dr Andrei Sarua (GWR Fellow; University of Bristol and University of Bath) , The future of semiconductors

12th April, 14.00-15.00, Dr Neil Fox (GWR Fellow, University of Bristol), Nanomaterials for renewable energy

24th March, 14.00 - 15.00, Dr Andrew Dent (GWR Fellow; University of Bath and University of Exeter), Porous ceramics; from Terracotta to Titania

27th January, 14.00 - 15.00, Prof. John Rarity (University of Bristol), Photonic Quantum information

20th January, 14.00 - 15.00, Prof. Wang N. Wang (University of Bath), Illuminating the future: Wide-band gap materials for optoelectronics