Department of Mechanical Engineering & Mathematical Sciences Invited Research Lecture Series, lecture 5

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RLT2, R Building, Wheatley Campus


Speaker Professor Peter Dobson, Academic Director of the Begbroke Science Park, University of Oxford, will talk about the Impact of Nanotechnology on the Automotive Industry.

Lecture Resume: After around two decades of research, some tangible benefits are starting to have impact on the automotive industry, and there could be more to come. This talk will examine some of the new developments that are influencing the delivery of power, in both internal combustion engines and electrical drive-trains. The latter has opened up many new opportunities for new types of battery and supercapacitor for storing energy. Nanotechnology also has an impact on coatings for windows and paintwork as well as in scavenging energy, improving the lighting, sensing and many auto components and even the tyres. The latter also exposes a problem of the application of nanotechnology, namely “how to recover materials at the end-of-life”

Speaker’s Biography: After a career as a lecturer in Physics at Imperial College and Senior Principal Scientist at Philips Research laboratories he was appointed to a University Lectureship and College Fellowship at the Queen's College Oxford in 1988 and a Professorship in 1996. At University of Oxford his research moved into the areas of nanoparticles, nanostructures, optoelectronics and biosensors. In 1999 he spun-off a company, now called Oxonica plc, that specialized in making nanoparticles for a wide range of applications, ranging from sunscreens to fuel additive catalysts and bio-labels. In 2000, with colleagues in Chemistry and Engineering, he spun-off Oxford Biosensors Ltd that made a hand-held device based on enzyme-functionalised microelectrode arrays. He was appointed to his present position in August 2002 and has the responsibility of setting up new research institutes that combine University activities with company R&D, and leading a team that facilitates the rapid transfer of technology and knowledge. This has led to him being in demand internationally to advice on Knowledge Transfer. He consults widely and advises several corporate and national organisations on nanotechnology. His research interests are very broad, covering most aspects of nanotechnology, and embracing biotechnology, environmental technology, energy, materials science, especially the applications to medicine. He is also currently (2009-2012) the Strategic Advisor on Nanotechnology to the Research Councils in the UK.

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