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Prof. Jas Pal S. Badyal, FRS

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

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Cambridge University: BA/MA Natural Sciences (1982-85); PhD Surface Science (1985-1988); King's College Fellowship (1988-1989); Oppenheimer Fellowship (1988-1989). 

Durham University: Lecturer (1989-1996); Full Professor (1996-present).

Research Outputs: 165 peer reviewed journal publications; 35 first named inventor patents; 67 plenary / invited lectures at international conferences; 3 start-up companies (Surface Innovations Ltd, Dow Corning Plasma Ltd, P2i Ltd).

Research Interests

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:

Industrial Support and Start-Up Companies

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


  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. 3-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. A Combined Plasmachemical and Emulsion Templating Approach for Actuated Macroporous Scaffolds, S. Morsch, T. J. Wood, W. C. E. Schofield, and J. P. S. Badyal, Advanced Functional Materials, 2012, 22, 313.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. The Leading Edge of Impact: Shining Examples of UK Research – Top Notch Protection, Nature 2015, 519, No. 7544.

Research Groups

Department of Chemistry

  • Soft Matter and Interfaces

Research Interests

  • Functional Surfaces and Surface Science

Media Contacts

Available for media contact about:

  • Industry: Chemicals, plastics, oil & gas: plasma chemistry
  • Industry: Chemicals, plastics, oil & gas: coatings
  • Industry: Chemicals, plastics, oil & gas: surfaces
  • Chemistry: plasma chemistry
  • Chemistry: coatings
  • Chemistry: surfaces