Royal Society University Research Fellow
Centre for Organized Matter Chemistry
School of Chemistry
University of Bristol
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Simon Hall has been studying the template control of the structure of inorganic
materials for twelve years.
He joined the University of Bristol in 1997, reading for a PhD in Biomimetic
Materials Chemistry in the laboratory of Professor Stephen Mann FRS. After a
three year postdoctoral study, where he produced advanced functional materials
for Vectura Ltd. and Toyota Ltd, he was awarded a prestigious Royal Society
University Research Fellowship in 2004. He has published over 30 scientific
papers, one single author book entitled "Biotemplating: Complex Structures
from Natural Materials" (ISBN 10: 1848164033) and holds a World patent
for pharmaceutical excipients. The title of his thesis was "Template Control
of the Structure of Minerals" and was concerned with the role that molecular
and macromolecular additives play in the shaping of inorganic phases, particularly
silica, calcite and metal nanoparticles.
His Royal Society Fellowship concerns the use of biotemplates in the morphological
control of superconductors, a new approach to an intensively researched field.
Significant results have already been realized, with the production of the first
type-II, high temperature superconductor single crystal nanowires. This technologically
important morphology raises the World record critical temperature for superconducting
nanowires from 39 to 85 K.