Christopher Blanford


Personal profile


My research has focused on the areas where multiple traditional scientific disciplines overlap, starting with my doctoral work at the University of Minnesota. There I worked with Andreas Stein and Barry Carter on the electron microscopy of ordered porous materials. A connection between photonic crystals and inverse opals (or 3DOM materials, as we prefer to call them) led me to the University of Oxford where I held a post-doc under the supervision of Bob Denning. This was followed by an appointment in Fraser Armstrong’s group.

I held a Career Acceleration Fellowship from the EPSRC from July 2008 to July 2013 so I could continue my work at the interface between chemistry, materials science and biochemistry. In January 2011, I moved to a position at the University of Manchester’s School of Materials. I also serve as an editor for the Journal of Materials Science, and on the editorial board of the Journal of the Royal Society Interface.


Employment History and Education

Senior Lecturer in Biomaterials, Department of Materials, University of Manchester2019–present
Senior Lecturer in Biomaterials, School of Materials, University of Manchester2015–2019
Lecturer in Biomaterials, School of Materials, University of Manchester2013–2015
EPSRC Career Acceleration Fellow (held at the University of Manchester, School of Materials)2011–2013
EPSRC Career Acceleration Fellow (held at the University of Oxford, Department of Chemistry)2008–2011
Stipendiary College Lecturer in Materials Science, Trinity College, Oxford2005–2010
College Lecturer in Physical Chemistry, St Catherine’s College, Oxford2005–2006
Post-doctoral Research Assistant, Prof. Fraser A. Armstrong, University of Oxford2004–2008
Post-doctoral Research Assistant, Prof. Robert G. Denning, University of Oxford2001–2004
Ph.D., Inorganic Chemistry, University of Minnesota–Twin Cities (Profs Andreas Stein and C. Barry Carter)2000
B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Notre Dame1995

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Research Group(s)

Research interests

protein–surface interactions, electrochemistry of redox-active proteins, surface analysis, enzyme kinetics, electrokinetic modelling, structural biology

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Advanced materials
  • Manchester Regenerative Medicine Network
  • Energy
  • Biotechnology
  • Manchester Energy
  • Advanced Materials in Medicine
  • Christabel Pankhurst Institute
  • Manchester Institute of Biotechnology
  • National Graphene Institute


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