Professor David McComb
Professor & Ohio Research Scholar, Materials Science Engineering, Ohio State University
Director of the Center for Electron Microscopy and Analysis, Ohio State University
David is an expert in the development and application of electron energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS) as a sub-nanometer scale probe of chemistry, structure and bonding.  He has extensive experience in the application of EELS to the study of problems in solid-state chemistry and materials science. In recent years he has focused his attention on developing and implementing approaches to studying organic and molecular systems using these methods. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Institute of Materials, and until recently was co-director of the London Centre for Nanotechnology as well as Director of Research and Deputy Head of the Department of Materials at Imperial College London.

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Professor Rik Drummond-Brydson
School of Chemical and Process Engineering, University of Leeds
Rik coordinates the Materials Characterisation Research group at Leeds including the interdisciplinary Electron Microscopy (LEMAS) Centre, an EPSRC funded external user access (LENNF) facility, and the UK National Electron Microscopy facility ( His research interests focus on applying high spatial resolution characterisation methods (such as microscopies and surface analysis)  to the structural and chemical analysis of engineering materials for functional, environmental and medical applications, with particular interest in nanomaterials (nanoparticles and nanowires/tubes) and  lately soft materials.

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Dr Paul Gunning
Science Manager – Surface Analysis; New Product Development, Advanced Wound Management, Smith & Nephew, York
Paul worked from 1984-2004 at the BBSRC Institute of Food Research (Norwich) in colloid science and microscopy (LM, EM, AFM), looking at emulsion stabilisation and protein/surfactant systems at air/water and o/w interfaces. He has worked at Smith & Nephew from 2004. Smith & Nephew is a global medical technology business dedicated to helping improve people’s lives. Paul is currently ‘Science Manager, Surface Analysis’ at the company’s corporate Research Centre leading a cross-disciplinary team using SEM/ED-X, LM, Raman and IR microscopy, X-ray micro-CT, contact angle and (occasionally) AFM. Paul’s and his team provide support of Manufacturing (pseudo-forensic troubleshooting, QA and Regulatory/Safety), R&D and Patents/IP functions, with occasional support of Marketing departments.

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 Photo-ysh-pref. Professor Yang Shao-Horn
Professor of Energy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Prof. Yang Shao-Horn is the W.M. Keck Professor of Energy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She holds appointments in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and the Research Laboratory of Electronics, and has been a faculty member since 2002.Prof. Shao-Horn’s research is centered on exploiting chemical/materials physics and
physical/materials chemistry principles to understand charge transfer at the solid-gas/liquid interface to design and control the kinetics of (electro)chemical reactions and ion mobility in solids and liquids for storing electrons and making chemicals/fuels. Prof. Shao-Horn and coworkers have pioneered the use of electronic structure of oxides to develop universal guiding principles, design catalytic activity and stability across reactions from oxidation of air pollutants, to making of sustainable/solar fuels such as water splitting, CO2 reduction, and nitrogen reduction. She was elected as a member of the National Academy of Engineering in 2018 and awarded the Faraday Medal by the Royal Society of Chemistry. Prof. Shao-Horn is among the World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds and Highly Cited Researchers.For more information visit Yang’s website
Nailor-A Audrey Nailor
Portfolio Manager in Physical Sciences, EPSRC
Audrey worked as a research assistant at Dartmouth College, NH, USA and the University of Bristol, Bristol, UK, before moving on to a career in scientific publishing where she spent six years editing an open-access biomedical journal. Her interests include sustainability in open-access publishing, research accessibility in low- and middle-income countries, and building scientific resilience in an era of environmental and political change. She is also a qualified science journalist, shortlisting twice for the Wellcome Trust Science Writing Prize, and has performed outreach at venues such as the Royal Society Summer Science Festival. She joined EPSRC in 2019 as the portfolio manager for Quantum Optics & Information, Photonic Materials and Light-Matter Interaction.
Britta Redlich (Felix) en Peter Christianen (HFML), Radboud Universiteit, Nijmegen Dr Britta Redlich
Director FELIX Laboratory, Faculty of Science, Radboud University
Britta Redlich is the director of the FELIX Laboratory at the Radboud University in Nijmegen and leads a research group on Infrared and THz spectroscopy using the FELIX free electron lasers. She obtained her PhD on studies of the adsorption of small molecules on insulating surfaces using infrared spectroscopy from the University of Hannover (Germany) and held a postdoctoral position at University of Münster (Germany). An Emmy-Noether fellowship from the German Research Foundation, DFG, was awarded to study laser-induced desorption processes using the Free Electron Laser FELIX at the FOM Institute Rijnhuizen in Nieuwegein. In 2003, she became staff scientist and facility manager being responsible for the user program and operation of the FELIX laser. She is member of a number of international consortia of accelerator-based light sources and laser including LEAPS, LaserLab Europe and FELs of Europe.
SH Bio 2018.pdf - Adobe Acrobat Pro Dr Sheetal Handa
BP-ICAM Associate Director
Sheetal Handa is the Associate Director responsible for the portfolio of research projects in the BP International Centre for Advanced Materials (BP-ICAM); a $100m investment by BP in materials research, with the hub at the University of Manchester and spokes at the University of Cambridge, Imperial College, London and the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.In 2011 he was seconded to Group Technology and was a member of the team that developed the case for the BP-ICAM through to its launch. In 2013 he was appointed Research Portfolio Manager for the BP-ICAM and in 2017 he was appointed the Associate Director for BP-ICAM. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC).
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Swansea University
James is the co-director of the Materials and Manufacturing Academy (M2A ( at Swansea University that includes the COATED EPSRC CDT in Functional Industrial Coatings. His research focusses on the development of new metallic coatings and inhibitors for corrosion protection of materials and he has developed innovative techniques to image corrosion at a microstructural level in situ.