John Conti-Ramsden Director

Dr John Conti-Ramsden is the Director of the KCMC. He has extensive experience in the materials chemistry space across the US and the UK, and he holds a PhD in macrocycle chemistry.

What do you do at the KCMC?

My role is largely to lead the development of the programme across all of our industry and academic partners. This also involves working with our industrial steering groups and other key sponsors across the wider KTN and Innovate UK. A key part of what we do is building trust between people,

Maureen Laughton Knowledge Centre Materials Chemistry, Operation Manager

Maureen Laughton is the KCMC’s Operations Manager. She has over 20 years of experience in the UK’s chemistry-using sectors and across the innovation landscape.

What do you do at the KCMC?

I run the KCMC’s operations arm, which means I manage a large portfolio of content and events which allows me to work with lots of different people across industry and academia. I work closely with the KCMC steering group, the KCMC governing board and the principal investigators. Before joining the KCMC, I managed the larger events and administration operations programme at Chemistry Innovation.…

Mike Holmes Knowledge Transfer Manager

Dr Mike Holmes is a Knowledge Transfer Manager here at the KCMC. After his PhD in surface chemistry, he had a wide and varied career in the chemical industry and in collaborative R&D.

What do you do at the KCMC?

My role is to talk to companies, to understand their R&D programme, and identify where the gaps are. Then, I explore where we can fill those gaps at the University of Manchester, in terms of skills, expertise or facilities. That’s only the first step though – getting from an initial connection to a legally-binding contract between the parties is not trivial.…

Adrian Toland Business Development Manager for Life Sciences, Health & Advanced Materials at the Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC)

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,…

Steve McBride Knowledge Transfer Manager

Dr Steve McBride is a Knowledge Transfer Manager here at the KCMC. He holds a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering, and his background includes commercial, technical development and research, across the aerospace, automotive and manufacturing market sectors.

What do you do at the KCMC?

My role sits between the academia and industry, and I’m responsible for the University of Liverpool and the University of Bolton – I’m there to make collaborations happen! But it’s broader than that – I want those relationships to last and to thrive, so I’m always looking for the best fit between collaborators.…

Ron Swart

Ron Swart is a Knowledge Transfer Manager at the KCMC working closely with the Chemistry department at the University of Southampton.  He holds a BSc in Chemistry and a MSc in Molecular Enzymology and has over 30 years industrial R&D experience both in the UK and Belgium

What do you do at the KCMC?

My role is to link the idea generators at the university with commercial needs in industry.   In fact the ideas and needs flow both ways – my academic colleagues are always interested in where their research can be applied and industry frequently comes up with challenges which are academically very challenging.…

Dr Sohail Hajatdoost – Knowledge Transfer Manager

Dr Sohail Hajatdoost is a Knowledge Transfer Manager at the KCMC embedded at the University of Bristol and holds a PhD in Materials Chemistry and Characterisation. He has over 24 years of experience in industry, academia and knowledge transfer both in UK and Europe in different sectors such as chemicals, advanced coatings, metals and sustainable materials.

What do you do at the KCMC?

My role is to facilitate the process of product innovation by enabling industry and knowledge base institutes to work together in thriving joint research projects. I try to identify the R&D needs of the industry and then find out how academia can fill the gaps in knowledge.…

Professor Matt Rosseinsky Professor Matthew Rosseinsky FRS from the University’s Department of Chemistry has been awarded one of the Royal Society’s most prestigious awards, the Davy Medal, in recognition of his “advances in the design and discovery of functional materials, integrating the developments of new experimental and computational techniques.” The Davy Medal is named after…

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