Tony Ryan (scientist)
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Ryan was born in Leeds, in March 1962. He graduated with a BSc in Polymer Science and Technology  from the University of Manchester in 1983, and a PhD from the same institution in 1988. He received a DSc from UMIST in 2004. His academic career began as a lecturer in Polymer Science at UMIST, followed by a position at the University of Minnesota, then back to UMIST in 1990. In 1997 he joined the University of Sheffield as a Professor of Physical Chemistry, being Head of Department from 1998 to 2003, and is now (as of 2010) Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Pure Science. He is married and has two daughters.
He is a keen cyclist.
In 2014, Ryan along with Prof. Simon Armitage prepared a 10 meter by 20 meter size poster coated with microscopic, pollution eating nanoparticles of titanium dioxide. Placed on a building, this giant poster can absorb the toxic emission from around 20 cars each day. 
- "Tony Ryan". The Life Scientific. 21 February 2012. BBC Radio 4. http://bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01c7pq0. Retrieved 18 January 2014.
- University of Sheffield Pro-Vice-Chancellor - Pure Science
- Chemistry World, May 2003 Making it with polymers
- University of Sheffield; Chemistry Staff Profiles
- Chemistry World, January 2006 Chemistry World ed-board member gets gong
- Nanotechnology to gobble up pollution
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