Professor Peter Dobson

BSc, MA (Oxon), PhD, C Phys, F Inst P, Member of the ACS, FRCS

Peter Dobson

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Job title: Principal Fellow
Section / Team: Warwick Manufacturing Group
Organisation: University of Warwick
Tags: Advisor, SATs and other advisory groups, University of Warwick
Related theme: Quantum technologies


After careers at Imperial College and Philips Research laboratories he was appointed to a University Lectureship and College Fellowship at the Queen’s College Oxford in 1988 and a Professorship in 1996. There he conducted research on nanoparticles, nanostructures, optoelectronics and biosensors.

In 1999 he spun-off a company, now called Oxonica,that specialized in making nanoparticles for a wide range of applications, ranging from sunscreens to fuel additive catalysts and bio-labels. In 2000, with colleagues in Chemistry and Engineering, he spun-off Oxford Biosensors Ltd that made a hand-held device based on enzyme-functionalized microelectrode arrays.His latest company, Oxford NanoSystems was formed in 2012.

Between 2002 and 2013 he built up the Begbroke Science Park to accommodate 24 start-up companies and created new laboratories for University research groups. He has published over 180 papers and 30 patents covering a wide range of subjects. He was (2009-2013) the Strategic Advisor on Nanotechnology to the Research Councils in the UK and sits on several EPSRC panels and committees.

He was awarded the OBE in 2013 in recognition of his contributions to science and engineering. He is currently a Principal Fellow at Warwick Manufacturing Group, University of Warwick. Peter delivers courses at Graduate level in the areas of biosensors, nanotechnology, innovation, entrepreneurship and related topics. He is also actively pursuing the setting up of more new companies and advising several others.