Professor Paul O'Brien
Professor of Inorganic Materials, University of Manchester

Professor O’Brien is distinguished for his research on developing novel methods for materials synthesis that obviate the need to use hazardous materials, for which he has an outstanding international reputation. Processes he pioneered have been widely adopted and his research has led to the establishment of Nanoco Technologies Ltd, a successful company that manufactures well-defined nano-dimensional particles. He has demonstrated the successful translation of world-class materials research from academia to industry, essential for the realisation of the potential of innovative ideas to drive economic growth and transform people’s lives.