Interdisciplinary Prize 2017 Winner
University of Leeds
Awarded for contributions to understanding biomineralization processes and exploiting bio-inspired strategies to control the structure and properties of crystalline materials
About the Winner
Fiona Meldrum holds a chair in Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Leeds, where her research centres on bio-inspired materials chemistry, and in particular on inorganic crystallisation. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge in 1989, and her doctorate in mineralisation in biological and bio-inspired systems from the University of Bath in 1992. Following a postdoctoral position at the University of Syracuse, USA in which she studied nanoparticle assembly, she was then awarded a Humboldt Research Fellowship to investigate organic matrix directed crystallisation using surface plasmon spectroscopy at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz. Fiona then joined the Australian National University in Canberra where she developed a renewed interest in biomineralisation processes, before finally returning to the UK to take up a lectureship at Queen Mary, University of London in 1998. In 2003, Fiona moved to the University of Bristol where she remained until she joined the University of Leeds in 2009.
Fiona and her group are fascinated by crystallisation processes, and use a wide range of techniques including imaging-based methods, spectroscopy and microfluidics to better understand the mechanisms that govern crystal nucleation and growth from solution. They also have significant interests in controlling the structures and properties of crystals, and have taken inspiration from biomineralisation processes to develop new strategies for generating single crystals with complex morphologies and mechanical properties to rival those of their biogenic counterparts. Current interests include polymorph control and the use of physical environments - namely confinement and surface topography - to control crystallisation.
Professor Meldrum's Webpage
University of Leeds
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