Anniversary Lecturers

John Griffin

John Griffin

John Griffin studied for his undergraduate degree in Physics at the University of Warwick, and remained there to carry out a Ph.D. under the supervision of Prof. Steven Brown and in collaboration with AstraZeneca. In 2008, John joined the group of Prof. Sharon Ashbrook at the University of St. Andrews to pursue postdoctoral research in the field of experimental and computational methods in nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy. In 2012 he moved to the University of Cambridge to work in the research group of Prof. Clare Grey with a particular focus on NMR studies of energy materials. In 2015 he took up a lectureship in materials chemistry at Lancaster University. 

John’s research interests concern the study of structure and mechanisms in materials - in particular those with energy storage or conversion applications. Most of his research has involved developing and applying NMR experiments to study materials and combining this with insight from computational calculations. In this way it is often possible to get access to information that is very difficult to obtain from other experimental approaches.


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John Hardy

John Hardy

John Hardy is a 50th Anniversary Lecturer in the Department of Chemistry and Materials Science Institute at Lancaster University. He obtained his first degree from the University of Bristol, and his PhD from the University of York working with Professor David Smith on supramolecular materials. He moved to Strasbourg in France to work on supramolecular materials with Professors Jean-Marie Lehn and Jack Harrowfield, to Bayreuth in Germany to work on silk protein-based biomaterials with Professor Thomas Scheibel, to the United States to work on organic bioelectronics for neuromodulation, drug delivery and tissue engineering with Professors Christine Schmidt (Austin, TX; Gainesville, FL) and David Kaplan (Boston, MA), and to Northern Ireland to work on light-responsive drug delivery systems with Professor Colin McCoy. He has published multiple papers and patents, serves on the Editorial Board for the International Journal of Molecular Sciences and Future Science OA, and kicked off his independent career developing materials that respond to electricity, light and magnetism for biomedical applications in Lancaster in August 2015.

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Benjamin Robinson

Benjamin Robinson

Benjamin holds a 50 for 50 lectureship in physics and materials science based within the Physics department at Lancaster University.  His current research interests are in the nanoscale properties of advanced functional materials, surfaces and interfaces. 

Immediately prior to his lectureship, he was a senior research associate in the Physics department at Lancaster University where he was the work-package leader (SThM experiments and measurements) of the major European Commission programme 'QUANTIHEAT’ (QUANTItative scanning probe microscopy techniques for HEAT transfer management in nanomaterials and nanodevices FP7-NMP-2013-LARGE-7) involving twenty international partners from academia and industry; previously he was the work-package (graphene characterisation and modelling) leader on ‘GRaphenE for NAnoscaleD Applications’ (GRaphenE for NAnoscaleD Applications, FP7/2007-2013). Additionally, he has conducted research at University of Queensland, Daresbury Laboratory and Cranfield University.

Benjamin has a PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of Wales (Supervisor Prof. Geoff Ashwell) and an MPhys from Sheffield University.  During his PhD he was awarded the 2007 Royal Society of Chemistry, Philip Lynn Adams memorial prize.

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Svetlana Zolotovskaya

Svetlana Zolotovskaya

Svetlana joined Lancaster University in September 2015, as a Lecturer in Materials Science & Engineering as part of the 50th Anniversary Lectureships Scheme. Her current research interests include photonic materials & devices, laser spectroscopy, laser micro/nano processing, and biomedical photonics. Svetlana obtained her PhD in 2009 on the development of novel photonics systems for biomedical applications at the University of Dundee and worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Dundee and at the University of St Andrews between 2009 and 2015. 

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