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Karl Coleman is the new Head of Department

(31 July 2017)

The Department is delighted to welcome Professor Karl Coleman as Head of Department for the next three years. Karl graduated with a chemistry degree from Leicester University, held an individual Marie Curie Research Fellowship in Strasbourg, France then a Royal Society University Research Fellowship in Chemistry at the University of Oxford. He joined Durham Chemistry in 2004 and was promoted to a Reader in 2008 and Chair in 2012. Karl has held a number of leadership roles including Director of Research in the Chemistry Department.

Karl’s research is focussed on nanomaterials in particular the chemistry of carbon nanotubes and graphene. His work has been recognised with numerous awards, including the international Royal Society of Chemistry Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2011 for his work on graphene, the Times Higher Education Research and Innovation Award 2012 and more recently the Royal Society of Chemistry 2017 Materials for Industry – Derek Birchall Award. He is the chairman of the Chemical Nanosciences and Nanotechnology subject group of the Royal Society of Chemistry and sits on a Programme Expert Group for the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy as part of the National Measurement System. Karl established the successful Durham University spinout company Applied Graphene Materials in 2010, which is now listed on the FTSE AIM index.

The outgoing Head of Department, Prof Mark Wilson, said “I’m delighted that Karl is taking over the role from me and very much look forward to working with him over the next three years.” Mark also thanked everyone in this department for their support during his three years as HoD.