Emeritus Professor of Materials Science, Department of Materials Science & Metallurgy, University of Cambridge
Professor Alan Windle is the Emeritus Professor of Materials Science in the Department of Materials Science & Metallurgy at the University of Cambridge. His research team is based around the creation and exploitation of carbon nanostructures in materials science. In addition, as Director of the Pfizer Institute for Pharmaceutical Materials Science, he has overall responsibility for a wide range of pharmaceutically related materials projects.
He was closely involved in the founding of Cambridge Molecular Design, a materials software company, and of the Melville Laboratory for Polymer Synthesis at Cambridge. He was Executive Director of the Cambridge-MIT Institute during its formative years. He has also served as a Commissioner for the Royal Commission for the 1851 Exhibition.
Professor Windle is Director of CSO of Q-Flo, a company designed to exploit the spinning of carbon nanotubes into fibre directly from the reaction zone at 1250°C. The major application of the material is in light-weight armour and it is also a possible replacement for copper as an electrical conductor.
He was elected FRS in 1997, and awarded a Cambridge ScD in 2012. He is a fellow of Trinity College.