Dr Paul Franklyn joined the Department of Materials at Imperial College London as a Principal Teaching Fellow in July 2017. He teaches on multiple undergraduate courses (including MSE104 - Strength and deformation - and MSE101 - Data Analysis) and provides support for the general teaching activities of the department (evaluation of presentations, literature reviews, assessor for MEng projects and evaluation of MSc projects). He is also the Senior Tutor and Departmental Disability Adviser in which role he is responsible for the pastoral care of the undergraduate students.
Paul studied a BSc in Chemistry and Physics at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa (Wits) proceeding to do his Honours degree in Chemistry at Wits as well. He then completed a MSc studying the mechanism of titanium dioxide nanoparticle formation during hydrothermal synthesis in the School of Chemistry at Wits. After being awarded a Gates Cambridge Scholarship, he completed his PhD in the Department of Chemistry in Cambridge working on the synthesis and characterisation of mixed-metal oxide nanoparticles using high resolution transmission electron microscopy and powder x-ray diffraction where he became a specialist in single particle energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy and structural analysis by direct image analysis for crystallographic interpretation.
In 2008 he joined the University of the Witwatersrand, School of Chemistry as a Senior Tutor where he headed up the newly formed Materials Science degree. In 2012 he was appointed as a Lecturer and in 2014 as a Senior Lecturer in the School of Chemistry. His research group focused on the creation of novel nanoparticulate materials and in finding new methods of synthesis to provide controlled synthesis of complex materials. He is co-inventor on 2 patents (one for a high temperature titania supported gold based catalyst and the other for a novel biological enzyme method for removal of heavy metals from water). He has: supervised and co-supervised 6 PhD and 12 MSc students; organised and led multiple short courses in transmission electron microscopy analysis; and is a member of the Microscopy Society of Southern Africa (MSSA) where he was awarded the Carl Zeiss Prize for the "Best presentation employing microscopy in solving an industrial problem". From July 2014-January 2015 he was a visiting scientist in KBC at Umea University, Sweden, where he worked on the biological based synthesis of gold nanoparticle films.
In 2012 Paul was jointly awarded the Vice-Chancellor's Team Teaching award at the University of Witwatersrand for developments in interactive teaching.
In his current role he is interested in pursuing research into methods of interactive teaching and the effectiveness of such methods in encouraging students to take a more active view of their own development within Materials Science and Engineering. He is also interested in the development of teaching tools that can be used for outreach to make Materials more accessible.