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George Gray Medal

5 May 2015

Professor Cliff Jones has won the prestigious George Gray Medal from the British Liquid Crystal Society.

This medal is the society’s highest award, and is named after Professor George Gray, Kyoto Prize winner and the father of modern liquid crystals who’s accomplishments include the synthesis of the first room temperature materials in the early 1970s that enabled the display industry to take off.  The award is given to a scientist for seminal research contributions of international quality.

Professor Jones’s citation was for his early work on ferroelectric liquid crystals and their use in television displays, the invention of the zenithal bistable display and founding of the company ZBD Displays Ltd (now Displaydata).

Professor Jones has recently joined the School of Physics and Astronomy at Leeds, where he holds an Advanced Fellowship from the EPSRC on Manufacturing to work in the area of Soft Matter Physics, and in particular liquid crystal devices. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce.

Supervisor Award

30 April 2015

Congratulations to Dr Jiannis Pachos from Theoretical Physics group in the School, who has received the Supervisor Award at the Partnership Awards Ceremony on 27th April 2015.

The Supervisor Award recognises, 'the person who has guided and inspired others to push the boundaries of their dissertation, final year project and PhD thesis.' The award ceremony was hosted by Leeds University Students Union and acknowledges achievements for staff and students across a broad range, from Innovation to Outreach.

Once again, congratulations to Jiannis.

Physoc Seminar

29 April 2015

We are delighted to announce that Physoc will be hosting their first seminar speaker on Thursday 30th April.

Dr Andrew Rose, Imperial College London, will be the first in a series of guest speaker who will be visiting the School and giving lectures on particular fields on Physics of interest to our undergraduates and other members of the School.

Dr Rose will be discussing Small Particles, Big Science: The LHC and the search for the Theory of  Everything,on Thursday 30th April at 2pm in the Roger Stevens Lecture Theatre 19.

For more information please contact Ben Connolly, President of Physoc,

Kevin Critchley discusses Thernostics

28 April 2015

Dr Kevin Critchley from the MNP group in the School will be speaking at the 'Nanotechnologies in Drug Delivery Congress' this week in Heathrow, UK.

Dr Critchley will be discussing 'Thernostics: Combining Diagnostics and Delivery in a Single Device', as part of a number of talks on Nanotechnologies from a range of global speakers in the field.

The conference is supported by the British Society for Nanomedicine, French Society for Nanomedicine and Nano Med North and will be running from 27th to 28th April 2015.


24 April 2015

The School is happy to welcome, Dr Satoshi Sasaki as a new academic member of staff in the Condensed Matter research group.

Satoshi has joined the School following an assistant professor post at the ISIR, Osaka University in Japan. During his time at Osaka, Satoshi was working on a specific area of research on topological insulators, crystalline insulators and superconductors.

Satoshi has lived in Japan, Europe and America; obtaining a BSc, MSc and PhD in Physics at Kyoto University in Japan, followed by a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at Laboratoire de Physique Statistique de l’Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris. In addition, Satoshi took a short postdoctoral fellowship role at the Department of Physics and Astronomy, North-western University in Evanston, USA.

Satoshi’s main research focus now lies in macroscopic quantum phenomena exhibited by systems of helium 3 or 4 at ultralow temperatures. In addition, Satoshi also shows a strong interest in electron systems with inverted band structure. These materials are regarded as one of the promising platforms in condensed matter physics to study new, topologically distinct, quantum states, hosting exotic quasiparticles such as Dirac fermions and Majorana fermions. Satoshi has been working as an experimental physicist in this exciting field for six years now

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