Scientific Advisory Committee

Scientific Advisory Committee

The Scientific Advisory Committee advises the Executive Directors. It includes Professor Ian Hamerton (Bristol University), Professor David Firmin (Bristol University) and Dr Brendan Howlin (Surrey University). A summary of their respective CVs is set out below:

Professor David Fermin

Member of the Scientific Advisory Committee
Professor David J Fermin is Professor of Electrochemistry, School of Chemistry, Cabot Institute for the Environment at the University of Bristol with over 15 years’ experience in dynamic electrochemistry, photoelectrochemistry and nanostructured electrodes. Previously, he held a 6 year Professorial Fellowship awarded by the Swiss National Science Foundation at the Universities of Berne and Bristol. In 2001, he was awarded the Tajima Prize of the International Society of Electrochemistry for his contributions to the fields of photoelectrochemistry and interfaces between two immiscible electrolyte solutions. His current research interests include solar fuels, active layers for photovoltaic systems and nanostructured materials for electrocatalysis.

Dr Brendan Howlin

Member of the Scientific Advisory Committee

Dr. Howlin has over 25 years’ experience in modelling large molecules. He is involved in computational drug design, designing new pharmaceuticals from protein and ligand modelling. He previously worked for Pfizer Ltd in the mid 1980’s before working in Inorganic and Computer Aided Chemistry at the University of Surrey. In 2013 he was awarded an international patent for a new cardiovascular drug designed entirely by computer modelling.

Professor Ian Hamerton

Member of the Scientific Advisory Committee

Professor Hamerton holds the Chair in Polymers and Composite Materials in the Bristol Composites Institute (ACCIS), Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Bristol. He has conducted research into high performance Polymers, advanced composites, and nanocomposites since 1987 and has extensive experience of industrial project management (he has been associated with research training income totalling £22.18M). He is currently the Deputy Director and Research Co-ordinator for the Bristol Composites Institute’s Centre for Doctoral Training in Composites Science, Engineering and Manufacturing.