Dr Christopher F. Blanford

Senior Lecturer in Biomaterials

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Employment History and Education

Senior Lecturer in Biomaterials, School of Materials, University of Manchester 2015 to present
Lecturer in Biomaterials, School of Materials, University of Manchester 2013 to 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, Oxford 2005–2010
College Lecturer in Physical Chemistry, St Catherine’s College, Oxford 2005–2006
Post-doctoral Research Assistant, Prof. Fraser A. Armstrong, University of Oxford 2004–2008
Post-doctoral Research Assistant, Prof. Robert G. Denning, University of Oxford 2001–2004
Ph.D., Inorganic Chemistry, University of Minnesota–Twin Cities (Profs Andreas Stein and C. Barry Carter) 2000
B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Notre Dame 1995

Professional Roles

Vice-chair, RSC/SCI Joint Colloids Group committee2019–present
Secretary, RSC/SCI Joint Colloids Group committee2016–2019
Member, RSC/SCI Joint Colloids Group committee2015
Chair, MRS postdoctoral awards committee2017–2019
Member, MRS postdoctoral awards committee2014–2017
Editorial board, Journal of the Royal Society Interface2012 to present
Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Materials Science2016 to present
Editor, Journal of Materials Science2009 to 2016
Editorial Board, Journal of Materials Science2008

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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