Dr Christopher F. Blanford

Senior Lecturer in Biomaterials

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Employment History and Education

Senior Lecturer in Biomaterials, Department of Materials, University of Manchester2019–present
Senior Lecturer in Biomaterials, School of Materials, University of Manchester2015–2019
Lecturer in Biomaterials, School of Materials, University of Manchester2013–2015
EPSRC Career Acceleration Fellow (held at the University of Manchester, School of Materials)2011–2013
EPSRC Career Acceleration Fellow (held at the University of Oxford, Department of Chemistry)2008–2011
Stipendiary College Lecturer in Materials Science, Trinity College, Oxford2005–2010
College Lecturer in Physical Chemistry, St Catherine’s College, Oxford2005–2006
Post-doctoral Research Assistant, Prof. Fraser A. Armstrong, University of Oxford2004–2008
Post-doctoral Research Assistant, Prof. Robert G. Denning, University of Oxford2001–2004
Ph.D., Inorganic Chemistry, University of Minnesota–Twin Cities (Profs Andreas Stein and C. Barry Carter)2000
B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Notre Dame1995

Professional Roles

Member, RSC Faraday Division Council


Vice-chair, RSC/SCI Joint Colloids Group committee


Secretary, RSC/SCI Joint Colloids Group committee


Member, RSC/SCI Joint Colloids Group committee


Chair, MRS postdoctoral awards committee


Member, MRS postdoctoral awards committee


Editorial board, Journal of the Royal Society Interface


Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Materials Science


Editor, Journal of Materials Science


Editorial Board, Journal of Materials Science


My research has focused on the areas where multiple traditional scientific disciplines overlap, starting with my doctoral work at the University of Minnesota. There I worked with Andreas Stein and Barry Carter on the electron microscopy of ordered porous materials. A connection between photonic crystals and inverse opals (or 3DOM materials, as we prefer to call them) led me to the University of Oxford where I held a post-doc under the supervision of Bob Denning. This was followed by an appointment in Fraser Armstrong’s group.

I held a Career Acceleration Fellowship from the EPSRC from July 2008 to July 2013 so I could continue my work at the interface between chemistry, materials science and biochemistry. In January 2011, I moved to a position at the University of Manchester’s School of Materials. I also serve as an editor for the Journal of Materials Science, and on the editorial board of the Journal of the Royal Society Interface.

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Professional memberships

American Chemical Society (Member, 1995 to present), Materials Research Society (Member, 1996 to 2001, 2003 to 2014, 2016 to present), Microscopy Society of America (Member, 1998 to present), Royal Microscopical Society (Fellow, 2001 to present), Royal Society of Chemistry (Fellow, 2016 to present; Member, 2008 to 2016), British Mycological Society (Member, 2011 to present), British Crystallographic Association (Member, 2011 to present), Higher Education Academy (Fellow, 2013 to present), Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) (Member, 2012 to present)

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