Prof Neville Greaves

BSc (St Andrews) PhD (Cantab) ScD (Cantab) Dr Hon Causa (Orleans) FGST FInstP

Prof Neville Greaves

Principle Investigator, Research Professor – Development of Perfect Glass based Novel Materials and Processing

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Educated at King Edward VII School and a graduate in Natural Philosophy from the University of St Andrews, I worked in industry before obtaining my PhD in Amorphous Semiconductors at the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge. This included working with the Nobel Laureate Professor Sir Nevill Mott.

I joined the Synchrotron Radiation Source at Daresbury Laboratory in 1978, where I built up X-ray Spectroscopy facilities and established the Materials Science Division. Together we pioneered the development of combined X-ray techniques whereby spectroscopy, diffraction and scattering can all be measured in the same experiment. In 1990 I received the Science and Technology Award presented by the Guild of Glass Sellers for my work on glass structure. In 1994 I started the international conference series on Synchrotron Radiation in Materials Science and between1994-96 I was the UK International Advisory Committee Member for the world's largest synchrotron radiation source, SPring-8 in Japan.

In 1996 I was elected to the Chair of Physics at Aberystwyth and was head of department until 2003. During that time I was also a member of the Royal Institution Davy Faraday Research Laboratory Committee. I received a Doctor Honoris Causa at the University of Orleans in 2002 for advancing the understanding of disordered materials using synchrotron radiation.

In 2003 I was appointed Director of the Institute of Mathematics and Physics at Aberystwyth University, continuing until 2010. Between 2005 and 2009 I served on the Council of the Institute of Physics. I was awarded a Scientiae Doctor at the University of Cambridge in 2008. I joined the Science Board of the UK's Science and Technology Facilities Council in 2009. In the same year I was awarded an Honorary Chair at University College London.

In 2010 I became a Distinguished Research Professor


A metal-organic framework with ultrahigh glass-forming abilityQiao, A., Bennett, T. D., Tao, H., Krajnc, A., Mali, G., Doherty, C. M., Thornton, A. W., Mauro, J. C., Greaves, G. & Yue, Y. 2018 In : Science Advances.4, 3, eaao6827
Pt nanoparticles decorated rose-like Bi2O2CO3 configurations for efficient photocatalytic removal of water organic pollutantsChen, H., Zhou, Z., Greaves, G. N., Nigar, S., Cao, H., Zhao, T. & Lu, X. 2018 In : RSC Advances.8, p. 914-9207 p.
Percolation channels: a universal idea to describe the atomic structure and dynamics of glasses and meltsLe Losq, C., Neuville, D. R., Chen, W., Florian, P., Massiot, D., Zhou, Z. & Greaves, G. 2017 In : Scientific Reports.7, 16490
Periodic vs. molecular cluster approaches to resolving glass structure and properties: Anorthite a case studyTian, K. V., Mahmoud, M. Z., Cozza, P., Licoccia, S., Fang, D-C., Di Tommaso, D., Chass, G. A. & Greaves, G. N. 2016 In : Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids.451, p. 138-145
Melt-Quenched Glasses of Metal–Organic FrameworksBennett, T. D., Yue, Y., Li, P., Qiao, A., Tao, H., Greaves, N. G., Richards, T., Lampronti, G. I., Redfern, S. A. T., Blanc, F., Farha, O. K., Hupp, J. T., Cheetham, A. K. & Keen, D. A. 2016 In : Journal of the American Chemical Society.138, 10, p. 3484-3492
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