Dr Stephen Ebbens
UG Level 2 Director
T: +44 (0) 114 2227589
I was appointed as an academic in the department in 2016, following 5 years working here as as an EPSRC Career Acceleration Fellow. This followed previous postdoctoral research associate positions at The University of Sheffield (Department of CBE, and Department of Physics), and at Loughborough University (Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering) where I developed printable PCB resists. Prior to these PDRA positions, I worked for a contract research company as a Senior Scientist (Molecular Profiles), performing analysis of Pharmaceutical formulations for global and SME companies. This first position was obtained after completing a PhD in surface modification and analysis methods at Durham University, Department of Chemistry, where I also obtained a bachelors degree in Chemistry.
My research groups' main interest is in developing small scale devices that can produce rapid motion from catalytic reactions in fluid environments. These devices have the potential to be used in medical diagnostics, and with support of my current EPSRC Healthcare impact fellowship we are developing printable silk based materials for this purpose. Additionally, we are investigating the fundamental behavior of catalytic Janus colloids, with a particular focus on collective behavior and methods to control trajectory. Another current research interest is in engineering surfaces to support photocatalysts for CO2 reduction. My broad research interests encompass surface science, colloidal science and soft materials, with a particular emphasis on chemical and topographical characterization methods.