Dr Eric Rees has been appointed to a University Lectureship in Chemical Engineering and will join the academic staff of CEB with effect from 1 April 2013.
Head of Department, Professor Nigel Slater said, "Eric set out some very exciting plans at the interview to exploit his expertise in optical imaging with his background in Materials Science which would take our work in both areas in a new direction. I shall give him every encouragement and I hope that in due course he will also be able to set up fruitful new research collaborations in the materials area."
Dr Rees is an expert in advanced optical microscopy. His recent work has involved the theoretical and practical development of "super-resolution imaging" techniques, which allow us to achieve electron microscope-like resolution with light-microscopes. This enables scientists to study the macromolecular structures involved in cell biology, under non-invasive physiological conditions or even in-vivo. Having long been fascinated by the role of nanostructure in the properties of synthetic materials, Dr Rees plans to refine and translate super-resolution and related light microscopy techniques, which at present are primarily found in biological research, so that they can be applied to study important artificial materials and membranes that are found throughout Chemical Engineering.
Dr Rees's scientific background includes an MA in Physics, which he studied from 2001-2005 at Churchill College, and a PhD in Materials Science. He looks forward to lecturing on a wide range of subjects in Chemical Engineering.