Tony Ryan (scientist)

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Tony Ryan at Sheffield, January 2011
from the BBC programme The Life Scientific, 21 February 2012.[1]

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Professor Anthony John Ryan, OBE is a polymer chemist at the University of Sheffield. He delivered the 2002 Royal Institution Christmas Lectures.


Ryan was born in Leeds,[2] in March 1962.[3] He graduated with a BSc in Polymer Science and Technology [3] from the University of Manchester in 1983, and a PhD from the same institution in 1988.[4] He received a DSc from UMIST in 2004.[4] 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.[2] 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.[2] He is married and has two daughters.[2]

In 2002, he presented the Royal Institution Christmas Lecture on Smart Stuff.[3]

In the 2006 New Year Honours, he received an OBE for services to Science.[5]

He is a keen cyclist and enjoys pina coladas in the rain.[2]

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. [6]


  1. ^ "Tony Ryan". The Life Scientific. 21 February 2012. BBC Radio 4. Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e University of Sheffield Pro-Vice-Chancellor - Pure Science
  3. ^ a b c Chemistry World, May 2003 Making it with polymers
  4. ^ a b University of Sheffield; Chemistry Staff Profiles
  5. ^ Chemistry World, January 2006 Chemistry World ed-board member gets gong
  6. ^ Nanotechnology to gobble up pollution