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Key Centre Personnel
Centre Director: Giles Davies, School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Leeds.
Professor of Electronic and Photonic Engineering, Deputy Head of School, and Pro-Dean for Research. He has over twenty years’ experience in the electronic and optical properties of low-dimensional electronic systems, terahertz frequency electronics and photonics, and in the integration of biomolecular systems into nanostructured electronic devices. He has a career funding total of ~£55M, including large grant/consortia building activities. He has published >110 papers in primary archival journals, and graduated ~40 PhD students.
Deputy Director: Graham Leggett, Department of Chemistry, University of Sheffield.
EPSRC/RSC Professor of Nanoscale Analytical Science. He has over twenty years’ experience in surface chemistry, biological interfaces and nanofabrication, and has published >120 papers. He was Chair of the American Vacuum Society (AVS) Biomaterials Interfaces Division 2006, member of AVS Program Committee 2000-07, and elected an AVS Director in 2009–10. He has >£7M research funding over the past three years, leads a £4M EPSRC Programme Grant, and is Director of the White Rose Life-Science Interface DTC. He is a member of the EPSRC Nanotechnology Strategic Advisory Team, and was on the BBSRC EBS Committee.
Assistant Director: Christoph Wälti, School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering University of Leeds.
Professor of Bionanotechnology. His research lies in molecular- and bio-nanotechnology, and he has over 10 years’ experience in semiconductor nanofabrication, the functionalization of surfaces with biomolecules, and the dielectrophoretic and electrokinetic manipulation of molecules. He has established teams to exploit biological processes for nanoscale assembly and manipulation, with a focus on interfacing biomolecules with electronic devices.
Assistant Director: Jamie Hobbs, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Sheffield.
Reader in Scanning Probe Microscopy. He has extensive experience in the development of scanning probe microscopy methods and their application to soft matter systems. He co-founded Infinitesima Ltd., a successful spin-out that markets high speed AFM technology to the semiconductor industry. He has had significant funding from EPSRC, BBSRC, MRC and the Royal Society, and is on the committee of the IOP Biological Physics Group.
In addition, a key academic partners including a larger group of researchers, spanning the faculties of Science and Engineering in Leeds and Sheffield will provide PhD projects and student supervision in the Centre.