External Advisory Board

Peter Dobson

After a career as a lecturer in Physics at Imperial College and Senior Principal Scientist at Philips Research laboratories he was appointed to a University Lectureship and College Fellowship at the Queen’s College Oxford in 1988 and a Professorship in 1996. At Oxford, he assisted with setting up much of a new joint course of Engineering and Materials Science and his research moved into the areas of nanoparticles, nanostructures, optoelectronics and biosensors.

In 1999 Prof. Dobson spun-off a company, now called Oxonica, that specializes in making nanoparticles for a wide range of applications, ranging from sunscreens to fuel additives and bio-labels. In 2000, with colleagues in Chemistry and Engineering, he spun-off Oxford Biosensors Ltd that made a hand-held device based on enzyme-functionalized microelectrode arrays (this company folded in 2009).

Prof. Dobson  was appointed to his present position as Director of Begbroke Science Park in August 2002 and has the responsibility of setting up new research laboratories that will combine University activities with company R&D, and he leads a team that facilitates the rapid transfer of technology and knowledge. He consults widely and advises several corporate and national organizations on nanotechnology. His research interests are very broad, covering most aspects of nanotechnology, and embracing biotechnology, environmental technology and the whole innovation/exploitation process. He was appointed as the Strategic Advisor on nanotechnology for the Research Councils UK in 2009.



Brian Steer

Finance & Facilities Administrator at Embarcadero Technologies Europe Ltd


Bill Bonfield

Professor William Bonfield is Emeritus Professor of Medical Materials in the University of Cambridge. He is internationally recognised for his pioneering research contributions to biomaterials for medical devices, with awards including the Royal Academy of Engineering Prince Philip Gold Medal, the Royal Society Armourers and Brasiers Company Medal, the Kelvin Medal, the European Society for Biomaterials George Winter Award, the Japanese Society for Biomaterials Medal,the Institute of Materials Griffiths Medal and Chapman Medal, the UK Society for Biomaterials President’s Prize, the Acta Metallurgica H.H.Holloman Award and the International Union for Physical Sciences and Engineering in Medicine Award of Merit. Professor Bonfield’s exceptional interdisciplinary contribution has been recognised by his election to all three UK National Academies,namely as a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS), a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng) and a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences (FMedSci).

Professor Bonfield was educated at Imperial College,receiving a BSc(Eng)degree with First Class Honours, the Perry Memorial Medal for distinction in Mathematics and Mechanics and the Bessemer Medal for distinction in Metallurgy,followed by a PhD.He then worked as a Senior Research Scientist at the Honeywell Research Centre in Minneapolis,before returning to the UK as Reader in Materials Science at Queen Mary College.Subsequently he became Professor of Materials,Head of the Department of Materials,Chairman of the School of Engineering and Dean of Engineering.At Queen Mary,he created and became Director in 1991 of the University of London Interdisciplinary Research Centre (IRC) in Biomedical Materials,which was the first of its kind in the UK.In 1999,Professor Bonfield was elected as Professor of Medical Materials in the University of Cambridge,where he established and directed the Cambridge Centre for Medical Materials and the Pfizer Institute of Pharmaceutical Materials Science.

Professor Bonfield has published over 450 research papers and has 80 patents on biomaterials,biomechanics and materials science.From his innovative research on synthetic bone grafts and cartilage repair scaffolds,he founded two successful MedTech companies, ApaTech Ltd (now Baxter) and OrthoMimetics Ltd (now TiGenix).A distinguished editor, Professor Bonfield was Editor of Journal of Materials Science from 1973 to 2002, Founding Editor of Journal of Materials Science- Materials in Medicine and the first Editor of Journal of the Royal Society-Interface. In 1998, Professor Bonfield was appointed Commander of the British Empire (CBE) by the Queen for his services to health care and materials science.

Cookies on IBME website

Our website uses cookies to provide us with important information about visitors. By continuing to browse the site we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies set by IBME.