FSE Professorial Inaugural Lectures 2022 - Professor Matthew Davies & Professor Neil Bezodis

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Gwyddoniaeth a Pheirianneg - Faculty of Science and Engineering


Professor Matthew Davies
Professor Neil Bezodis

Speaker's Biography

Professor Matthew Davies

Professor Matthew Davies is a former Swansea student having carried out his undergraduate degree in chemistry at Swansea. He is now head of the Applied Photochemistry Group at Swansea University, Honorary Professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, and part of the SPECIFIC IKC Senior Management Team. He has recently become president-elect of the Royal Society of Chemistry Environment, Sustainability and Energy Community. His research focuses on the photochemistry of materials for low-cost photovoltaics, with the aim of improving stability, sustainability and technoeconomic performance of perovskite solar cells to enable integration within a circular economy.

Professor Neil Bezodis

Neil is a Professor of Biomechanics & Technology and currently leads the Elite and Professional Sport Research Group at Swansea University. Throughout his career, Neil has worked closely with a range of sporting organisations including British Athletics, The English Institute of Sport, and The Rugby Football Union, and he collaborates with academics from across Swansea University, professional coaches and sports scientists, and a range of leading international academics to ensure that his research adopts a relevant interdisciplinary approach when required. Neil has been an active member of the International Society of Biomechanics in Sports (ISBS) since 2005 and he has served them as an elected director since 2014. He was awarded a Fellowship by ISBS in 2017, and was elected as a Vice President in 2019, a role which he still currently holds.

From: 26 Oct 2022, 2 p.m.
To: 26 Oct 2022, 4:30 p.m.
Location: Computational Foundry Lecture Theatre 003, Bay Campus

In celebration of the Faculty of Science and Engineering’s newly promoted Professors, we would like to cordially invite you to join us for the inaugural lectures of Professor Matthew Davies and Professor Neil Bezodis on Wednesday 26th October 2022 in the Computational Foundry Lecture Theatre 003.

All staff and students are welcome to attend both talks, or you may choose to attend just one. Please specify your preference during registration so that we can accurately track numbers.

Light refreshments will be provided following each lecture.

Professor Matthew Davies will deliver a lecture entitled:

'Catching the Light – From Photochemistry to Sustainable Photovoltaics'

Light emitting materials are of vital importance to many technological advances and are particularly important for the energy transition as key components of low energy lighting, sensors, and photovoltaics. Here, we will highlight work on a range of interesting materials from small molecules to fluorescent polymers but with a particular emphasis on perovskite materials for solar energy conversion. Additionally, although viewed as ‘green’ technologies due to their ability to generate renewable solar energy, photovoltaic technologies, including emerging technologies, have environmental impacts associated with their production, contain hazardous components, and may produce vast quantities of waste at end-of-life. Here, we discuss the opportunities for emerging technologies to integrate into a circular economy and how this is key to our attempts to mitigate climate change.

Professor Neil Bezodis will deliver a lecture entitled:

'In pursuit of gold: Enabling opportunities for performance enhancement in elite sport through biomechanics and technology'

In this lecture, Neil will outline how he has used biomechanical theory, measurement and modelling to understand and inform the sporting techniques used by elite athletes. He will give examples from different applications across a range of sports including sprinting and Rugby Union which have both been a major focus during his career to date. He will also briefly introduce the role of technology in these biomechanical applications before explaining how garments comprising novel technology developed by Swansea University were used to help enhance the performance of British athletes at the recent Tokyo Olympics. Neil will finish by outlining other ongoing research with ‘big’ datasets in sport and considering how the field will evolve in the future.

Contact: Kelly Bevan (Email: k.a.bevan@Swansea.ac.uk)

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