Instruments Product Technical Specialist for Rheology, Dr. John Duffy, has
been awarded the prestigious Vernon Harrison doctoral prize given annually by
the British Society of Rheology (BSR). He will receive his award, and give his
award lecture, at the BSR Midwinter Meeting at the University of Edinburgh's
School of Physics and Astonomy, Edinburgh, Scotland, on 14-15 December 2009.
Dr Mike Kaszuba, Malvern's Technical Specialist Supervisor said:
"This is a superb achievement. John was awarded his Doctor of Philosophy
degree in November 2008 from the University of Nottingham for his work on rheological
studies of the microstructure of molten coal as it undergoes carbonisation.
By then, Malvern had already snapped him up. Known for the high calibre of our
in-house scientific specialists, we recognized the importance of the rheological
expertise and industrial experience that John brings to the company and the
benefits for our customers."
The Vernon Harrison award is presented for "the most original and significant
contribution to any branch of rheological research leading to the award of a
PhD degree in a given academic year". John Duffy's award winning thesis
is entitled: ‘Understanding the Mechanisms Behind Coking Pressure: Relationship
to Pore Structure and Thermoplastic Properties.'
After receiving his BSc (Hons) Applied Chemistry from Liverpool's John Moores
University, John Duffy's PhD studies followed more than seven years in industry
at Unilever and Boots.
Malvern provides a range of complementary materials characterisation tools
that deliver inter-related measurements reflecting the complexities of particulates
and disperse systems, nanomaterials and macromolecules. The company's global
expert applications and technical support teams ensure that users get the most
from individual systems, and also reap the benefits of complementary technologies.