Dr. Paul Iacomi, SMS Research Manager, Secures £1.2M Future Leaders Fellowship
Dr. Paul IACOMI, Research Manager at Surface Measurement Systems, has been selected for the prestigious Future Leaders Fellowship (FLF), a program designed to foster and support talented individuals across various research and innovation environments.
The FLF initiative, backed by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), is aimed at developing the next generation of world-class leaders in academia and business. It is a highly competitive, multi-phase process. There have been only 75 future leaders fellows this year, with only 3 FLF grants awarded to researchers in private institutions. This fellowship not only provides a platform for early career researchers and innovators but also serves as an opportunity for UK academic and commercial organizations to cultivate and attract top-tier talent.
“It is an honour to count myself as part of a prestigious list of current and past UK Future Leaders. I’m humbled by this opportunity to apply my passion for research into the realm of novel technique development and looking forward to the real-world impact of this work. There’s much to be done in this space.”
– Dr. Paul Iacomi,
Surface Measurement Systems
“We are thrilled to have people of this calibre working at SMS. We have always fostered innovation in sorption science and have a strong track record in securing grant funding through Innovate UK. We are certain that the outcome of this grant will keep SMS at the forefront of scientific instrumentation development.”
-Prof. Daryl Williams
Surface Measurement Systems
Imperial College London
A Forward-Looking Fellowship
Dr. IACOMI, known for his contributions in the field of sorption, porous materials and carbon capture, will be utilizing the £1.2M fellowship to tackle an ambitious and R&D initiative over the next four years. The research project targets challenges in characterizing complex porous materials, proposing the integration of alternative technological approaches with traditional sorption techniques. Their hyphenation will provide simultaneous physicochemical and kinetic descriptors, meaning the combined instrument has the potential to revolutionize sorption instrumentation, offering insights into diffusion, pore filling, and molecular mobility.
This innovative hyphenation aims to enhance material understanding, with applications spanning material characterisation, carbon capture, cement drying, polymer hydration, environmental remediation, and water harvesting. The collaboration leverages Surface Measurement Systems’ 30 years of experience in gravimetric sorption devices, making the proposed instrument a cost-effective and versatile solution for addressing critical challenges in energy, the environment, and manufacturing, together with collaborators from UK and International universities.
Who are Surface Measurement Systems?
Surface Measurement Systems specialize in the development and engineering of advanced instrumentations and innovative experimental techniques for the physicochemical characterization of complex solids.
With over 30 years’ experience in the field, SMS have developed a range of groundbreaking gravimetric sorption analyzers that are favored by sorption researchers across the globe. Offering world-class technical & scientific support to our customers, we are always pushing the boundaries of what is possible in sorption science.
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The Fellowship for 2024 will be kicked off at the FLF Annual Conference in February 2024. Find out more using the link below.