Published: 30 June 2015

ATI Director honoured with IOM3 Platinum Medal

Professor Ravi Silva has been awarded one of the most prestigious medals given by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3).

The IOM3 Platinum Medal recognises outstanding contributions to materials sciences, technology and industry both nationally or internationally, and was presented to Professor Silva at the 2015 Premier Awards Dinner on 14th July at London’s Kensington Roof Gardens.

Professor Silva is Director of Surrey’s Advanced Technology Institute (ATI) which brings together the University’s expertise across electronic engineering, mechanical engineering, materials science and physics to tackle key research challenges.

The IOM3 Platinum Medal recognises Professor Silva’s contribution – over 20 years – to the UK’s knowledge in the materials and manufacturing sectors. A world-leading expert in nanotechnology and the production of carbon nanomaterials in advanced manufacturable technologies, he is strongly focused on developing enabling technologies which solve major societal challenges. His expertise in nano-carbon materials has allowed for the development of materials such as Diamond-Like Carbon (DLC) for the protection of hard disks to corrosion barriers. His expertise in the chemical vapour deposition of nano-carbon thin films has led to commercial exploitation of intellectual property in growth of carbon nanotubes and more recently in the production of low temperature graphene thin films.

Professor Silva said, “I am delighted to receive such a prestigious accolade from the premier institute in materials in the UK. I continue to work with many colleagues both in academia and industry to ensure materials are at the heart of the manufacturing revolution now taking place worldwide. Novel materials such as nano-carbons are revolutionising the production of carbon composites found in applications from aircrafts to F1 cars, and solution processable nano-carbons are providing a new dawn in cheap solar cell technologies and energy storage devices. All of this is helping to drive wealth creation in the UK. It is a very exciting time in the field, and we are looking for partners due to the many opportunities available.”


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