Faculty of Science, Agriculture & Engineering

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Professor Werner Hofer

Dean of Research & Innovation


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Professor Werner A Hofer is the Faculty Dean of Research and Innovation in the Faculty of Science, Agriculture, and Engineering of Newcastle University.

He holds a master degree in Engineering Physics and a PhD in Condensed Matter Theory. Prof Hofer is internationally known for his work on the nanoscience of surfaces and interfaces, and has worked for more than fifteen years in this field with international collaborators in Canada, the US, Europe, and China, based at University College London (1999-2002) and the University of Liverpool (2002-2014). He regularly publishes in high-impact Journals like Nature, Nature Chemistry & Nanotechnology, Angewandte Chemie, Reviews of Modern Physics, Physical Review Letters,  Journal of the American Chemical Society and Nanoletters. In 2010 he became Founding Director of the Stephenson Institute for Renewable Energy, which he led until 2014, building up the institute to its current strength of more than sixty researchers and a portfolio of over £30m in research funding. Part of his role included securing University funding of £6m for new laboratories and to supervise design, planning and building the new facilities. In this role he also provided input into the Mayor of Liverpool’s sustainability commission on matters of renewable energy. The institute contributed eight researchers to the recent Research Excellence Framework exercise 2014 in Chemistry, and its contribution was a major factor in the success of Chemistry in Liverpool (top unit in the country with respect to 4* and 3* research, 11th unit in the country of all science and engineering units in terms of 4* research). His current role involves coordinating and supervising all research activities within the SAgE Faculty at Newcastle University, and to drive the business engagement and intellectual property agenda of the Faculty.