Dr Simon Hall FRSC (Project Lead)

University of Bristol

Dr Simon Hall is a Reader in Materials Chemistry at the University of Bristol. His expertise is in the fields of superconductivity, directed crystal growth and functional materials. He has published 65 papers that have been cited over 1,400 times and has 18 years of experience in the creation of functional materials with complex form. Recent highlights include the first synthesis of a high-temperature superconductor nanowire and the identification of a new mechanism of organic crystal growth.

As both PI and Co-I he has attracted €5.9 M of funding, including a Royal Society University Research Fellowship in 2004 on Biomimetic Routes to Advanced Superconductors; and the Bristol Centre for Functional Nanomaterials CDT (EP/L016648/1). Dr Hall has considerable management experience, including co-managing a CDT, as well as directing an internationally recognised research group. Dr Hall has won a Matsumae International Fellowship (a visiting research Fellowship, one of only 12 awarded Worldwide in the Natural Sciences) in 2015; the Nanotechnology Platform Japan award - Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japanese Government – Awarded for his discovery of the microcrucible growth mechanism in nanowires and the DeMontfort Medal Competition, IEEE Prize – For advances in nanotechnology in 2003.


He has been a Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry since 2004 and in 2014 was made a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. In October 2018, he was named as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry in recognition of his global contributions to the field.