Michael Gleaves, Ph.D.

Business Development Manager,
Daresbury Laboratory

Rick Anderson, Ph.D.

Project Scientist, Daresbury Laboratory

A Trend we can't afford to miss

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of seven UK research councils undertaking international science and tackling some of the most significant challenges facing society by providing scientific, technology and facilities support to the academic and industrial communities.

The Computational Science and Engineering Department (CSED) exists within STFC to provide world-class expertise and support for the UK theoretical and computational science communities. CSED has a long history of providing access to skilled people and high performance computer facilities to generate new knowledge through collaborative research and development with industry and our university partners. I will highlight the products and services mix that we provide and give case studies of our collaborative research with industry. Finally I will sum up some of the factors driving collaborative research and barriers to overcome.


Michael Gleaves: After graduating with a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry from University of Leeds I worked as a R&D Chemist for Unilever on silica application development in the brewing industry. Then went on to be Sales Representative for Dionex Corp. selling laboratory analysis equipment and software. Following a M.B.A. from Manchester Metropolitan University with dissertation investigating "Factors affecting the adoption of web services within pharmaceutical industry" I joined STFC as a Business Development Manager.

Rick Anderson: After studying for a PhD and performing postdoctoral work at the University of Wales, Bangor, I joined the chemistry department at Durham University to work as part of a multidisciplinary industry led project focussed upon the design of new, improved clay swelling inhibitors through the utilization of high performance computing and molecular simulation. Currently I am employed as a project scientist at STFC as part of the Knowledge Centre for Materials Chemistry where my work focuses upon the development of atomistic and mesoscale modelling capabilities to benefit UK industry. I am actively engaged in a project to help Unilever improve its product formulation process by utilizing high performance computing methods.

Workshop Program
updated: 2011-10-19