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Durham University

St Cuthbert's Society

Institute of Advanced Study

Each Michelmas term, Cuth’s hosts a visiting Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Study (IAS), who lives in the college and engages both formally and informally in our research activities.

2019/20 IAS Fellow

Dr Elshan (El) Abdullayev is a researcher at the French-Azerbaijani University in Baku, Azerbaijan. He researches clay minerals, their chemical composition and the geochemistry of the sediments from the lacustrine and marine basin. Dr Abdullayev will take part in the IAS sponsored project “Antibacterial Clay Therapy” led by Dr Gary Sharples (Biosciences) and Dr Kimberley Jamie (Sociology), along with IAS Fellows Professor Hailiang Dong (University of Florida), and Professor Kevin Rosso (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory). One aspect of the project focusses on investigating clay minerals from Baku, Azerbaijan, and to investigate the mineralogical and chemical composition of the clay minerals to specifically understand under what conditions the clay minerals form, and its antibacterial efficacy assessed against representative bacterial species.

Public Lecture: 'Origin of clay minerals and their perspectives'

12th November 2019, 5:30pm, Dining Hall, St Cuthbert's Society

This lecture is free and open to all.

Directions to Dining Hall, St Cuthbert's Society

Map - St Cuthbert's Society is denoted as building No. 16

Past IAS Fellows




2018/19 Sponsored Projects Professor David Sutton, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
2017/18 Structure

Dr Kathryn Yusoff, Queen Mary University of London

2016/17 Scale Professor Massimo Leone, University of Turin
2015/16 Evidence Professor Ted Gup
2014/15 Emergence Professor Val Jones, University of Twente
2013/14 Light Professor Tom Mole, McGill University