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Senior Visiting Fellows


Professor Jason Crain has a BSc in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a PhD from the University of Edinburgh. His research background is in condensed matter physics and disordered and exotic materials studied using experimental and computational techniques. He has made major contributions in elucidating structure property relationships in complex materials using simple or minimal model systems. These include order-disorder transitions in semiconductors, artificial DNA nanoswitches, colloid-liquid crystal composites, minimal self-assembling systems.

Key Areas of Expertise

Jason held the role of Head of Physical Sciences at NPL from 2008 until he was made Director of Research in 2015. He is also Professor of Applied Physics at the University of Edinburgh and has been Visiting Professor at the IBM Thomas J Watson Research Center in New York since 2003.

With IBM, Jason has been involved in computer simulation of disordered materials and the development of new device paradigms. He has led several large industrial research projects resulting in IP licenses and commercial exploitation.

Key Achievements

Jason was founding Director of the COSMIC Research Centre at the University of Edinburgh, is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics (IOP), and a member of the steering committees of the IOP Liquids Group and the Scottish Bioinformatics Forum and former Royal Society of Edinburgh Research Fellow. He has authored over 200 publications and holds five patents.