报告人：Anthony K. Cheetham
Professor Tony Cheetham
Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB3 0FS
Tony Cheetham obtained his D.Phil. at Oxford in 1971 and did post-doctoral work in the Materials Physics Division at Harwell. He joined the chemistry faculty at Oxford in 1974, and then moved to the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1991 to become Professor in the Materials Department. In 1992 he took up the Directorship of the new Materials Research Laboratory, which he led for 12 years. He was the Director of the new-created International Center for Materials Research at UCSB, 2004-7, before moving to Cambridge to become the Goldsmiths’ Professor of Materials Science. Cheetham is a Fellow of the Royal Society, the German Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and several other academies. He has received numerous international awards for his work in the field of inorganic and materials chemistry; these include a Chaire Blaise Pascal, Paris, (1997-9), the Somiya Award of the IUMRS (2004), the Leverhulme Medal of the Royal Society (2008), the Platinum Medal of the IOM3 (2011), and a Chemical Pioneer Award from the American Institute of Chemists (2014). Cheetham holds several honorary doctorates and is currently the Treasurer and Vice-President of the Royal Society
We shall examine some of the major challenges that confront society at the beginning of the 21st century. These include increasing population and the concomitant energy demands, global warming, sustainable food and water supplies, security, and affordable healthcare. Addressing many, if not all, of these challenges will require the development of new materials. We shall then discuss a number of key areas where materials science is expected to play a central role, such as solar energy, rechargeable batteries, and LED lighting. We shall also look at the use of new materials in medicine, for example lasers for surgery and polymers for tissue engineering.