Robert Bowman has a BSc (Paisley), MBA (Queen's) and PhD (Strathclyde). He is currently Director at the Centre for Nanostructured Media and a Professor of Materials Physics. He has over 130 publications in the processing, fabrication, applications and characterisation of perovskite functional oxide thin films and nanostructures. As an investigator he has obtained around £15M of funding and support for research from UK governments and agencies, the EC and industry.
In 2005 he was elected Fellow (FInstP) of the Institute of Physics (IoP) and from 2008-2010 he was Chair of IoP in Ireland. He is Chair of the Nations & Boards for IoP in London and is a member of the Institute's Council (2009-13).
Currently he leads ANSIN (www.ansin.eu). This is an advanced materials hub, established in 2010, by Seagate Technology with the investment of £7.5M of state of the art equipment and a £250K business development fund. In addition they established a £1.7M programme engaging ten researchers on new materials and processes for read/write heads used in data storage in support of the R&D Group Seagate Technology's manufacturing site Springtown.
From its dedicated site in IRCEP at Queen's ANSIN has a mission to develop new eco-system in advanced materials in NI and beyond by fostering new linkages and hosting pre-competitive research collaborations.
In the past industrial engagement as encompassed KTP programme with AVX Ltd, support from Seagate Technology and Intel. He has also been invited twice by Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT), Suwon, Korea to give seminars. In additional he has undertaken a number of short-term consultancies with SMEs.
From 2003-2004 he was member of the IoM3/IoP Functional Materials Review Group that produced a report 'Functional Materials - future directions'. He was Chair (2006-2008) of the UK Ferroelectrics Network, the self-sustaining community network that originated as an EPSRC funded network. He is a member of the EPSRC Peer review college (2003-date) and has served on panels in materials.
He was a member of Advanced Materials sub-panel of MATRIX in Northern Ireland. He is a member of various cross-border initiatives such as SFI SRI based at Tyndall National Institute and is also a member of INSPIRE Nano and was a representative for Nanotechnology on the UK-Ireland R&D Partnership.
In additional to more than twenty invited international presentations he has been Programme Chair and Symposia organiser at various National and International Conferences.