University scientists honoured with new Royal Society Research Fellowships

Three outstanding scientists from our University have today (Friday 19 September) been appointed new University Research Fellows as part of the prestigious Royal Society scheme.

The Royal Society scheme provides outstanding scientists, who have the potential to become leaders in their chosen fields, the opportunity to build an independent research career.

The Research Fellowships announced today cover researchers working on a wide variety of important projects with a potential for real-world application and impact, for example creating more efficient materials for new-generation batteries.

The three researchers awarded Royal Society Research Fellowships are: Dr Tim Rogers (Department of Mathematical Sciences), Dr Ventsislav Valev (Department of Physics) and Dr Benjamin Morgan (who joins the Department of Chemistry this autumn).

Research Fellowship recipient from University’s Department of Mathematical Sciences, Dr Tim Rogers is working on developing new mathematical models to predict behaviours for complicated natural processes, such as chemical reactions taking place in cells or the evolution of micro-organisms.

The major challenge in this area is to account for the many different sources of uncertainty in these systems and Dr Rogers’ work aims to bridge the gap between over-complicated computer simulations and over-simplified equations, in order to make more robust predictions.

Dr Rogers said: “I am thrilled to be awarded the Fellowship which will provide me with the opportunity to work intensively on this project over five years, and hopefully to make a big contribution to the field.”

The research of Dr Ventsislav Valev, from the University’s Department of Physics, focuses on the interaction between powerful lasers and materials. His research programme is exploring the possibilities of using light as a tool to build new materials and even develop safer pharmaceuticals.

Dr Ventsislav said: “When I was at school, I remember reading that in its Coat of Arms the Royal Society chose to leave most of the shield white - for all the knowledge that remains to be discovered. I still remember the sense of wonder I experienced when reading that. Today, being associated with this discovery processes through my fellowship feels almost unreal.”

Professor Jane Millar, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research, said: “The appointment of three of our outstanding scientists as new Royal Society Research Fellows is very good news for the individuals involved, their Departments and the University community as a whole.

“For the three researchers awarded Royal Society Research Fellowships, this is an excellent opportunity to further research in these important areas.”

For more on the Royal Society see https://royalsociety.org/.

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