Meet our academics
Our academics share their expertise in Materials. Watch the videos below to find out more about using bioglass to repair bones, new "super" smart materials and why we need to develop new high temperature materials.
Professor Julian Jones - What is Bioglass and how can it be used?
Professor Julian Jones is a Professor of Biomaterials. In this video he talks about the uses of bioglass with Dr Xand Van Tulleken for Operation Ouch! for CBBC.
If you are interested in how glass can be high tech and used as a biomaterials, you can listen to Professor Jones' Inauguarl Lecture: High-Tec Glass - From Smartphones to Clever Bones.
Professor Andrew Horsfield - Why Quantum Mechanics is useful
Professor Andrew Horsfield is Professor of Theory and Simulation of Materials and Course Director for MSc Advanced Materials Science Engineering. In this video he discusses why Quantum Mechancics is useful.
Dr. Stella Pedrazzini - High Temperature Materials
Dr Stella Pedrazzini is a Lecturer in the Department. Dr Pedrazzini's research focuses on the Engineering Alloys theme. In this video, she discusses how we can design high-temperature materials and the importance of investigating these mateials.
Professor Stephen Skinner - Future Energy Technologies
Professor Stephen Skinner is a Professor of Materials Chemistry in the Ceramics and Glasses theme. In this video, he discusses the future of Energy Technologies and how these technologies could be used as alternatives to fossil fuels.
Professor Molly Stevens - A new way to grow a bone
Professor Molly Stevens is a Professor of Biomedical Materials and Regenerative Medicine in the Department of Materials and the Department of Bioengineering. In this video she discusses what does it take to regrow bone in mass quantities? Typical bone regeneration — wherein bone is taken from a patient's hip and grafted onto damaged bone elsewhere in the body — is limited and can cause great pain just a few years after operation. In an informative talk, Professor Molly Stevens introduces a new stem cell application that harnesses bone's innate ability to regenerate and produces vast quantities of bone tissue painlessly.
Dr Florian Bouville - Material Science, Ceramics and Seashells
Dr Florian Bouville is a Lecturer in the Ceramics and Glasses theme. In this video, he discusses the importance of ceramics and provides an insight into his current research.
Dr Eleonora D'Elia - The Brilliance of Smart Materials
Dr Eleonora D'Elia is a Strategic Teaching Fellow in the Department. In this podcast, Dr D'Elia discusses why she chose to study Materials Science, her favourite research project as well as examples of 'super' smart materials and their applications.
Dr D'Elia has also posted on the Real Scientists Nano Twitter feed with examples of smart materials in action!
Dr Robert Hoye - This alien-like metal may one day power your electronics
Dr Robert Hoye is a Professor of Functional Materials in the Department. Dr Hoye is currently investigating a more sustainable way to power our smart devices by developing indoor solar cells that could harvest energy and power devices using indoor light. One of the materials he is investigating is Bismuth. Bismuth has been around for thousands of years, yet it’s only been used in a handful of applications — and mostly to treat stomach ailments. But as the world looks for cleaner and safer energy, bismuth might soon become the star of the heavy metals family.