Dr Christopher Gwenin

Senior Lecturer in Physical Chemistry (Biological Sensors & Medical Diagnostics)

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Name               Christopher Gwenin

Position           Senior Lecturer in Physical Chemistry

Email               c.d.gwenin@bangor.ac.uk

Website           https://gwenin.com/

Phone              +44 (0)1248 38 3741

Location          Chemistry Tower

Contact Info

Name               Christopher Gwenin

Position           Senior Lecturer in Physical Chemistry

Email               c.d.gwenin@bangor.ac.uk

Website           https://gwenin.com/

Phone              +44 (0)1248 38 3741

Location          Chemistry Tower

Overview

I was appointed at the School of Chemistry in 2009 and began managing the Electrochemistry and Biosensors Group. Since 2009 I have quadrupled the size of that group and converted it to the Applied Research in Chemistry and Health team. I now manage a large number of students and place a strong emphasis on challenging them as well as supporting them. I have supervised 11 Ph.Ds. and 11 M.Scs. students to completion.

The strategy for my research is firmly centred on high-value research at the interface of biology and chemistry which has afforded me a strong track record of working with both industry and academia. Thus far I have filed 11 patents, secured £4.6M in funding (81% as PI with a 52% success rate), established the School of Chemistry’s first category II safe laboratory and am responsible for health and safety within the School.

My extensive industrial links have helped with the consideration of the commercial consequence and direction of the research that my team carries out. In essence, the network has been established without relinquishing the scientific lead and this coupled with my team’s support has enabled me to:

  • Appointed 18 members of staff to meet the outcomes of the grants and sustained their employment either within or outside of my team
  • Utilised the IP to formed a spinout company which has attracted prestigious High Potential Starts support and is now part of the Accelerated Growth Program
  • Serve on a World Health Organisation international sensors steering group
  • Gain support for our research from the UNICEF/UNDP/World Bank/WHO Special Programme for Research and Training on Tropical Diseases
  • Establish the first and only category II laboratories within the School of Chemistry
  • Established the first and only cell culture laboratory within the School of Chemistry
  • Produced multiple press releases including the BBC
  • Become a grant reviewer for the European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership and the Medical Research Council
  • Organised a Royal Society of Chemistry conference on TB diagnostics in Bangor as well as five other fully funded multidisciplinary conferences including a recent biosensors workshop

Grant Awards and Projects

For a full list of grants please see our website.

Current funding:

  • £1,081,437 INTERREG CALIN
  • £20,677 Knowledge Exploitation Skills Scholarships
  • £128,789 Knowledge Exploitation Skills Scholarships
  • £128,789 Knowledge Exploitation Skills Scholarships
  • £128,789 Knowledge Exploitation Skills Scholarships

Previous funding:

2017

  • £58,528 NRN Nanolayer Materials
  • £4,100 INTERREG CALIN and Sêr Cymru – Life Sciences and Health NRN
  • £4,753 Cancer Research Wales

2016

  • £65,000 Sêr Cymru – Life Sciences and Health NRN

2015

  • £62,729 Research Impact Award – Sêr Cymru – Life Sciences and Health NRN
  • £88,068 Sêr Cymru – Life Sciences and Health NRN
  • £104,677 Sêr Cymru – Life Sciences and Health NRN
  • £4,621 Sêr Cymru – Life Sciences and Health NRN
  • £6,000 Santander studentships
  • £5,000 Industrial donation

2014

  • £154,631 Sêr Cymru – Life Sciences and Health NRN
  • £6,000 Research Development Fund LSTM
  • £71,583 HPC Wales
  • £3,223 Technical and Commercial Feasibility Fund WEFO
  • £41,086 A4B Public Health Monitoring
  • £200,850 ACADEMIC EXPERTISE FOR BUSINESS (A4B) Knowledge Transfer and Collaborative Industrial Research
  • £31,174 Welsh Government: Gold coated magnetic particles

2013

  • £85,000 Welsh Government: Botulinum detection
  • £532,961 ACADEMIC EXPERTISE FOR BUSINESS (A4B) Knowledge Transfer and Collaborative Industrial Research
  • £2,000 Royal Society of Chemistry Health interactions workshop
  • £7,700 Equipment grant: Welsh Government

2012

  • £600,000 ACADEMIC EXPERTISE FOR BUSINESS (A4B) Knowledge Transfer and Collaborative Industrial Research
  • £20,000 Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board
  • £50,000 Welsh Government: Cancer therapy

2011

  • £121,000 Knowledge Exploitation Skills Scholarships with Morvus
  • £7,000 Wales European Collaboration Fund

2010

  • £121,000 Knowledge Exploitation Skills Scholarships with IPSEN
  • £121,000 Knowledge Exploitation Skills Scholarships with Elysium
  • £50,000 Welsh Assembly: Proof of Concept – TB Sensor (with Prof Baird)

2009

  • £360,000 Bangor share of €11M EU Grant NANOSECURE
  • £120,000 Knowledge Exploitation Fund for the UKs first NanoArrayer

Research

Real life problems are inherently interdisciplinary. To make advancements and for translation to transpire, the expertise of different disciplines must be combined. Therefore we have various research interests however our main interests are in the following:

Further information on the listed topics are discussed in the group member’s page or please email us for more details.

We also have a 12m euro industrial collaborative project funded my the INTERREG programme running from called CALIN please check out CALINs web page for more details.

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