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Prof Raymond Oliver

Professor in Interactive Materials

Department: Northumbria School of Design

Prof Raymond Oliver is a chemical engineer with 20 years expertise through a variety of senior research and technology management posts in a global chemicals and materials company.

He possesses leadership experience with track record from applied research to new products & processes in main applications areas of chemical & process engineering and in the fields of organic electronics, renewable energy & photovoltaics, micro & nano technologies and ‘smart’ ICT applications in healthcare and the creative industries sector.


BSc, PhD, DEng, FREng, FIChemE, CEng

Career History:

- Professor, Northumbria University     2010 – Present
- Senior Research Fellow Royal College of Art   2009 – Present
- Director, Arrow Science Consulting    2008 – Present
- Director, Science & Innovation, Cenamps   2004 – 2007
- ICI Fellow (Nanomaterials & Process Technology)  1995 – 2004
- ICI Company Research Associate     1990 – 1995
- ICI Energetic Materials Research and Development Manager 1985 - 1995

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Current research focuses on human centred needs enhanced and enabled through Design:STEM integration activities.  Expertise encompasses ‘active’ and interactive polymers, organic electronics & optoelectronics for applications in printable light, power, logic & memory and social innovation through healthcare, wellness, personal safety, security, assisted living and the development of smarter built environments.

Professional Activity

Chair, Functional Material, School of Design, Northumbria University
Fellow Royal Academy of Engineering
Fellow Institution of Chemical Engineering
Senior Research Fellow, Royal College of Art (Active and Interactive Materials)
Assessor European Union DG Research
Visiting Professor University of Leeds, Newcastle and Palermo
Member Industrial Advisory Boards at Newcastle University and at UCL
Member, Organic Electronics Association

Former Appointments

Member HEFCE RAE–2008 Chemical Engineering Panel 26                                
Member Nanoscience & Nanotechnologies WG, Royal Society / Royal Academy of Engineering
Member, Board of Directors, Cenamps (Centre for emerging Nano, Micro and Photonic Systems)
Member, Board of Directors, Organic Electronics Association
Member, Science in Society WG, Royal Society
Member, Food Standards Agency (nanomaterials and packaging)

Sponsors and Collaborators


EU FP7 consultant for both NMP & ICT (2007-2013) strategies

One North East RDA on Nanoscience, Microsystems & Photonics

NEDAP (Netherlands) on printed lighting

Major global adhesives and coatings company on organic electronics

Major consumer electronics company on printed electronics

Major consumer products company on advanced delivery systems for the senses

Key Publications

Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings Vol 856E
Title: ‘Multi compt. Polymer Systems – Phase Behaviour, Dynamics and Applications’
Editors: R. Oliver, K I Winey
Publ. MRS Warrendale, Pennsylvania, USA (2005) 
ISBN: I-55899-808-X

Publisher: Imperial College Press London
Author: R. Oliver (In preparation and due for publication in 2011)

Royal Society / Royal Academy of Engineering report
ISBN: 0-85403-604-0

'Nanoengineered textiles and nonwovens’ J Fibre Biotextiles and Informatics,Vol 3(2), May 2010

‘Design drives materials innovation’ J Royal Academy Engng , Ingenia, No.42, March 2010

Royal Institution public lecture series, ‘Responsible Nanotechnologies’, London, November 2004

1st European conference on Design and Semantics of Form and Movement – DeSForM, KEYNOTE LECTURE, Newcastle, October 2005

Functional Nanomaterials For ‘Smart’ Textiles  - A Review, 3rd International Conference on Smart Materials, Sicily, June 2008

Plastic Electronics Foundation Conference, Invited Pre-symposium seminar on ‘Intelligent   materials, Interactive surfaces’ Dresden, Oct. 2009

Andrew Little Invited Lecture ‘Prospects for Biology, Polymers & Electronics convergence as vital co-operative drives for enhancing Ambient Assisted Living’, Warwick University, November 2010  

Full list available at Northumbria Research Link (NRL)


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