We welcome all expressions of interest in the Society for Functional Nanomaterials from those science, manufacturing and academic professionals with passion and enthusiasm in the field of Functional Nanomaterials, who agree with the aims of the Society and wish to be kept informed of events,news and future memberships of the Society.

The larger the pool of nanomaterial expertise, the richer the communication and collaboration, leading to effective sharing information, research findings, opportunities for collaboration or study and subsequent progression of the aims of this Society.

Confirming your interest in the Society and its aims will be a first step in accessing the networking, knowledge sharing and collaborative opportunities and place you in a first tier Membership position as the Society evolves.

All our members can access advice, the latest news, networking and development opportunities as well as receive discounts on training, events and exclusive member offers.

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Membership is open to all those interested in the field of nanoscience.  Play a part in assuring a positive future for functional nanomaterials development by becoming a member.


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Industry/Institution Membership £240.00 + VAT
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The type of membership you should apply for depends on your engagement with nanosciences.


Benefits of Membership


Confirming your interest in the Society and its aims will be a first step in accessing the networking, knowledge sharing and collaborative opportunities and place you in a First Tier Membership position as the Society evolves:

  • Access to the latest funding opportunities
  • Direct links with industry and academic partners
  • Latest news on nanomaterial research and development
  • Wide networking opportunities in the field of nanoscience
  • Education and career advantages through active network
  • Early booking/discount opportunities for International Symposium 2018

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Meet the Experts

Professor StJohn Crean

Pro-Vice Chancellor (Clinical and Health) at University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) following previous posts of Director of Dental Research and Knowledge Transfer from October 2009, Dean of the School of Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education in Jan 2010 and Dean of School of Medicine and Dentistry in July 2013. As well as Undergraduate and Postgraduate Dentistry, StJohn is also responsible for the MB BS Programme which has been recruiting for September 2015.

Dr Tapas Sen
Reader in Nanomaterials Chemistry

Tapas completed his first degree in Chemistry (BSc. Hons) followed by a Masters in Physical Chemistry (MSc) and a PhD in Materials Chemistry from the premier research institution, National Chemical Laboratory, Pune, India. He worked at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel during 1997 to 1999 in the world leading Solid state NMR group as a post-doctoral visiting scientist. He then moved to UK in February 2000 and worked as a postdoctoral Research Fellow in the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST), Manchester (2000-2003) on an industrial project funded by ICI Synetix. Currently the group is running three multinational projects in collaboration with world leaders from academia and industries.

Dr Subrayal Reddy
Reader in Biomaterials Chemistry

Sub Reddy undertook a PhD with Pankaj Vadgama in the University of Manchester, where he developed membrane-based electrochemical biosensors for metabolites. Moving to the University of Wales, Bangor he conducted a postdoctoral research fellowship and researched acoustic wave (QCM) techniques for the development of biosensors and hydrogel characterisation (1994-1997). He also gained postdoctoral experience of electronic nose technologies for measuring volatile organics at UMIST (1997-1998) before he was promoted to his first Faculty position at the University of Surrey (1998). He went on to become a Senior Lecturer in Applied Analytical Chemistry there (2009) before relocating to the University of Central Lancashire (2016). He has had a long interest in developing smart materials. He also has expertise in the development of electrochemical, optical chip-based and quartz crystal-based biosensors for medicine, food and the environment.

Dr Tim Mercer
Senior Lecturer in Physics

Tim is based in the Jeremiah Horrocks Institute for Mathematics, Physics & Astronomy. His teaching responsibilities are primarily focussed on physics modules, including being the Module Leader for the first year physics laboratory and the final year BSc(Hons) and MPhys(Hons) Project Co-ordinator. His research interest in the area of Magnetic Materials was born out of his own undergraduate BSc(Hons) project, from which he went on to complete his PhD for studies on the dispersions of magnetic particles that are used to produce magnetic data storage media. He has carried out postgraduate and postdoctoral work at Southampton, Preston and Liverpool on a number of projects, including the fabrication and characterisation of thin films that exhibit Colossal Magnetoresistance and noise studies on advanced dual-layer magnetic recording media as a means of probing the structure of assemblies of magnetic nanoparticles. Prior to his academic career, Tim was an Avionics Technician in the Royal Air Force and a Technician Trainer and Product Support Engineer at British Aerospace. He has other work experience as a Sales/Automation Engineer, an IT help-desk Engineer and as a Software Engineer building LabVIEW test tools for an aerospace defence contractor.

Mr Iain Crosley
Managing Director at Hosokawa-Micron Ltd

Iain Crosley is a Chartered Engineer and MD with over 30 years’ experience in the Powder and Particle Processing Industry. He previously held positions of Technical Centre Manager responsible for application testing and process design. Progressing to Technical Manager for the UK Group of Companies, and then to Head of the Technology Unit responsible for R&D of new products and applications. In 2000 he was appointed to the Board of Directors, and in 2006 became the Managing Director.

Within the Global Hosokawa Micron Group he is a Member of the International Management Team and a member of the International R&D Committee.  He is also the inspiration behind the development of the advanced process control and process optimisation and monitoring solutions offered commercially by Hosokawa Micron.  Experience has been gained in working with a wide range of clients and academic institutions involved in collaborative R&D in Pharmaceuticals, Fine Chemicals, Food, Electronic materials and Recycling.

Iain’s current role includes the evaluation of new manufacturing processes and the environmental and health and safety impacts, and the challenges of bringing these technologies to market as well as the development of the Hosokawa Gen4 advanced process control and optimisation initiative relating to  manufacturing changes aligned with Industry 4.0.

Mr Stewart Bryan
Business Team Manager/Commercial Manager at Hosokawa-Micron Ltd

Stewart joined Hosokawa Micron Ltd in 1990 and has extensive technical experience and expertise across the range of powder processing technologies including mixing, milling drying and nanotechnology.

As a Mechanical Engineer, Stewart’s expertise in both design and system engineering has been instrumental in the development of key Hosokawa Micron product ranges and innovative integrated powder processing systems designed to exploit and implement new processing technologies.

He is currently involved with the on-going development of Hosokawa Micron’s containment equipment portfolio and commercialisation of Gen4 services in UK and overseas.

Stewart is a company leader, overseeing day to day operations, pursuing new business opportunities and managing functions such as corporate and market communications, training and employee activities and all activities relating to contracts and commercial operations with a view to developing opportunities to grow the business through partnerships or new initiatives and works to take advantage of those opportunities in both existing and emerging market areas.

Prof Robert Forbes
Professor of Clinical Pharmaceutics

My expertise is in formulation and drug delivery with a focus on molecular interactions and in particular protein aggregation. My research aims to develop a fundamental understanding of molecular assemblies and non-covalent bond interaction. Primarily the interest has been directed towards molecular behaviour in formulated medicinal products and devices.  Moving forward, current research is focused on the formulation and understanding of the behaviour of complex molecules in complex environments.  Improved understanding of in-vitro in-vivo interactions and drug-drug and drug-food interactions are of emerging broad interest.  Novel scale-down techniques to rapidly map formulation design space are currently being investigated with an aim of aiding long-term stability prediction

I have a degree in Pharmacy, and a PhD in Pharmaceutical Technology from the University of Bradford. Prior to my appointment at UCLan, I held a Chair in Biophysical Pharmaceutics within the School of Pharmacy, Faculty of Life Sciences, at the University of Bradford. Before joining the faculty at Bradford, I spent some time within the Pharmaceutical Industry.  A PhD background in the pharmaceutics of salt form selection under the supervision of Prof Peter York and Dr James Wells was applied in practice in Industry when I worked for Astra in Sweden. I conducted post-doctoral work in the formulation of depot injections and went on to lead a preformulation team.  My responsibilities included optimising physical form selection e.g. salt selection, polymorph, amorphous forms.  Aspects of the work contributed to patents and intellectual property. Since moving to academia my industrial background and expertise has been useful in progressing many collaborative research projects. Particular highlights include the supervision of over 20 PhD students to completion, my involvement in Innovate UK R&D grants, and my time leading the speciality research Biopharmaceutical Formulation Group at the University of Bradford.

Mr Gary Hogben
Technical Manager/Safety Officer

Mr Gary Hogben (Industrial partner, UK) is the Technical manager of Feedwater Ltd, UK. He has more than 30 years of experience in water purification industry. Feedwater makes and supplies water treatment chemicals, equipment and water softeners, backed up by specialist services to keep commercial customers safe and industrial plants running. It is a UK-based water treatment company specialising in industrial and commercial applications and are experts in treating boilers and cooling water systems, legionella control, chlorine dioxide products and effluent and wastewater treatment. In the UK and Ireland, Feedwater’s customers include major industrial and commercial organisations, Facilities Management companies and other water treatment system specialists. The company is committed to being a Centre of Excellence for legionella control, and has its own in-house laboratory accredited by UKAS to ISO17025:2005 to carry out legionella analysis. The company’s laboratory is always one of the top performers in the HPA EQA scheme.  The company is confident in the accuracy of the test results with the shortest possible time with the appropriate interpretation available both from highly-qualified laboratory personnel and the technical service team. Fastest™ Legionella Testing:  As well as the standard CULTURE method which is accredited by UKAS, the company also offers the FASTEST™ rapid screening method that offers legionella results in less than 4 hours – particularly useful in a high risk situation or when a quick answer is required.

*The HSE publication “Legionnaires’ Disease: The Control of Legionella Bacteria in Water Systems – Approved Code of Practice and Guidance (L8)”, states that legionella testing should only be undertaken by laboratories which are accredited to do so by UKAS and who take part in the Health Protection Agency external quality assessment scheme.