Adrian Toland

Dr Adrian Toland is the Business Development Manager for Life Sciences, Health & Advanced Materials at the Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC), and he holds a Knowledge Transfer role here at the KCMC. He has a PhD in Physical Chemistry, and has worked in industry with R&D organisations across Europe.

What do you do at the KCMC?

I’m based at the Hartree Centre at Daresbury, but we’ve had a very close relationship with the KCMC for a number of years. Broadly, my role is to help industry clients achieve competitive advantage by leveraging the latest in high performance computing, cognitive and data centric computing technologies. Our connection with the KCMC has been instrumental in connecting us with the most innovative chemistry-using industries.

What are your strengths?

I have a strong commercial lean but I’m very people-focused, with lots of experience in consortium-building. I also have a broad technical background that encompasses both science and engineering, and across chemistry and life sciences. This background helps a great deal in working across a range of industry sectors.

Why do you enjoy working at the KCMC?

It’s unique – there’s no-one else doing anything like this in the materials space, both in terms of expertise or it’s ambition. The KCMC is connected to every sector currently facing an advanced materials challenge. And the KCMC’s events are superb – they get an incredible amount of industrial participation.

What area of materials science excites you?

The use of high performance cognitive computing, modelling, simulation, and big data to develop new materials formulations with enhanced characteristics. It’s a whole new world for chemistry and pharma, and I am delighted to be at the leading edge of it.

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