Prof. Mark Miodownik

Talk Title: Stuff Matters

Mark Miodownik is the UCL Professor of Materials & Society.  He received his Ph.D in turbine jet engine alloys from Oxford University, and has worked as a materials engineer in the USA, Ireland and the UK. For more than fifteen years he has championed materials science research that links to the arts and humanities, medicine, and society. This culminated in the establishment of the UCL Institute of Making, where he is a director and runs the research programme.  Mark is an award winning author and regularly presents BBC TV and radio programmes on materials science and engineering.  In 2014 he was elected a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. In 2018 he was awarded an MBE for services to materials science, engineering and broadcasting.

Prof. Rachel O'Reilly

Talk Title: Redesigning the World of Plastics

Rachel’s love of practical science led her to study Chemistry at Cambridge and Imperial College, exploring new polymer materials. She became a Professor aged just 34, and is now Head of the School of Chemistry at the University of Birmingham and winner of many accolades; she was a Finalist in the 2019 UK Blavatnik Awards. Rachel creates polymers that mimic features of biological materials such as viruses and cells; these nanomaterials might have self-assembly properties, or enable controlled release or cascade reactions, offering useful applications in drug delivery.

Dr. Lewis Owen

Talk Title: The Periodic Playground – the Use of Elements in Materials Science

Dr Lewis Owen is a Research Fellow at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. As an undergraduate, Lewis studied Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge, specialising in Chemistry, for which he received the Norrish Prize for distinction in Physical Chemistry. He went on to complete a PhD at the University of Cambridge, in conjunction with the ISIS Neutron and Muon Source. His research focuses on X-ray and Neutron Scattering techniques used to study materials. Specifically, he works on the use and application of the total scattering technique for the study of local effects in alloy systems. His work on the subject has been awarded prizes by the Cambridge Society for the Application of Research, and from the British Crystallographic Association (Malvern PANalytical Thesis Prize in Physical Crystallography). In his spare time he is also a keen musician, singer and conductor, and enjoys acting.