RAMS 2015 was co-chaired by three early career academics at the University of Warwick:
Dr Claire Dancer is an Assistant Professor in the Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) at the University of Warwick. She studied Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge before gaining her doctorate at the University of Oxford for a thesis on ceramic processing methods for the superconducting material magnesium diboride. Her postdoctoral research at Oxford included projects on ceramic armour and electromagnetic materials, and she was a College Lecturer in Materials Science at St Anne’s College, Oxford from 2009 to 2013. Her current research focuses on the processing of ceramic materials and highly-loaded polymer-ceramic composites for a range of functional and structural applications.
Dr Gemma-Louise Davies is an IAS Global Research Fellow in the Department of Chemistry at Warwick. Her research focusses on the development of new multipurpose medical diagnostic and therapeutic devices: the emerging field of ‘theranostics’. Research strands include the design and engineering of nanostructured materials as stimuli responsive agents for all-in-one disease detection and treatment; the development of new families of high signal biocompatible MRI contrast agents; nanocomposite materials for controlled drug release technology; and investigations of the interaction of these materials with human cell lines. Her research is strongly interdisciplinary, lying at the interface between chemistry, materials science and medicine; she works closely with chemists, engineers and life scientists to ensure that her work is clinically relevant and remains focused on addressing important healthcare issues.
Dr John D. Murphy is Associate Professor of Energy Materials in the School of Engineering at the University of Warwick. He studied for an undergraduate degree in Physics and a doctorate in Materials Science at the University of Oxford, where he held a Royal Academy of Engineering/ EPSRC Research Fellowship and an EPSRC First Grant. He moved to Warwick as an Assistant Professor in 2013. His research interests focus on the properties and engineering of defects in crystalline materials, with a particular recent focus on silicon for photovoltaics. His work is mostly experimental and he has performed novel studies of impurity diffusion, the interaction of impurities with extended defects (dislocations and precipitates), impurity solubility, electron-hole recombination in semiconductors, brittle fracture and plastic deformation.