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Durham University

Department of Chemistry

Professor Jas Pal S. Badyal FRS

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Professor in the Department of Chemistry
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 42001
Room number: CG096

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Place of Birth: England, UK

Cambridge University:

  • BA/MA Natural Sciences (1982–85)
  • PhD Surface Science (1985–1988)

Durham University:

  • Lecturer (1989–1996)
  • Full Professor (1996–present)

Awards and Prizes:

  • King's College Fellowship, Cambridge University (1988–1989)
  • Oppenheimer Fellowship, Cambridge University (1988–1989) 
  • 1993 Harrison Prize and Medal for Most Meritorious and Promising Original Investigations in Physical/Theoretical Chemistry, the Royal Society of Chemistry
  • 1995 Burch Prize for Outstanding Work in the Field of Surface Science, The British Vacuum Council (Institute of Physics and the Royal Society of Chemistry)
  • 2016 Elected Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS)—UK and Commonwealth National Academy of Sciences
  • 2017 Tilden Prize and Medal for Advances in Chemistry, the Royal Society of Chemistry
  • 2018 Chemical Research Society of India (CRSI) Medal
  • 2018 The UK’s Best Breakthroughs List—100 most significant breakthroughs to come from UK universities (Universities UK, the umbrella organisation for UK universities)
  • 2019 Elected Foreign Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, India 





Functional Surfaces and Surface Science

Designing functionalised surfaces forms the basis of a multi-billion dollar global industry. For example, the cleanliness of optical lenses, the resistance of biomedical devices to bacteria, the speed of computer hard disks, and even the wear of car brake pads are all governed by their surface chemistry. We are interested in devising novel functional surfaces for commercial applications and to help alleviate poverty in developing countries (clean drinking water, solar harvesting, etc). Current topics of investigation include:


Our research is helping to address the following UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals:

  • Goal No 1: No Poverty
  • Goal No 3: Good Health and Well Being
  • Goal No 4: Quality Education
  • Goal No 5: Gender Equality
  • Goal No 6: Clean Water and Sanitation
  • Goal No 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
  • Goal No 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • Goal No 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities



Many of these projects involve collaboration with industry. In addition, the following start-up companies have successfully commercialised patented research from Professor Badyal's laboratory:



  • Learn more about functional surfaces--specialist tutorials:

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  1. Beyond the Surface, J. P. S. Badyal, Chemistry in Britain, 2001, 37, 45.

  2. Re-Writable DNA Microarrays, W. C. E. Schofield, J. McGettrick, T. J. Bradley, S. Przyborski, and J. P. S. Badyal, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2006, 128, 2280.

  3. Multi-Functional Molecular Scratchcards, L. G. Harris, W. C. E. Schofield, and J. P. S. Badyal, Chemistry of Materials, 2007, 19, 1546.

  4. Rewritable Glycochips, L. G. Harris, W. C. E. Schofield, K. J. Doores, B.G. Davis, and J. P. S. Badyal, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2009, 131, 7755.

  5. Three-Dimensional Hierarchical Structures for Fog Harvesting, H. G. Andrews, E. A. Eccles, W. C. E. Schofield, and J. P. S. Badyal, Langmuir, 2011, 27, 3798.

  6. Ultra-Fast Oleophobic-Hydrophilic Switching Surfaces for Anti-Fogging, Self-Cleaning, and Oil-Water Separation, P. S. Brown, O. Atkinson, and J. P. S. Badyal, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 2014, 6, 7504.

  7. Bioinspired Breathable Architecture for Water Harvesting, R. M. von Spreckelsen, M. T. Harris, J. M. Wigzell, R. C. Fraser, A. Carletto, D. P. K.Mosquin, D. Justice, and J. P. S. Badyal, Nature Scientific Reports, 2015, 5,16798.

  8. The Leading Edge of Impact: Shining Examples of UK Research – Top Notch Protection, Nature 2015, 519, No. 7544.

  9. Ultra-High Selectivity Pulsed Plasmachemical Deposition Reaction Pathways, A. Carletto and J. P. S. Badyal, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 2019, 21, 16468–16476 .

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