As Executive Dean, Professor Simon Biggs is responsible for the academic leadership and management of the Faculty. The role includes accountability for all aspects of academic programs, staff management and resource allocation for schools and centres in the Faculty, as well as representation of the Faculty and University to the wider community.
Professor Simon Biggs is an internationally recognised chemical engineer and pioneer in the application of atomic force microscopy to the study of colloid particle science. He was appointed to the Royal Academy of Engineering/BNFL Chair in Particle Science and Engineering at the University of Leeds in September 2002 after spending 8 years at The University of Newcastle (New South Wales, Australia). Professor Biggs has also been the Pro-Dean for Learning and Teaching at the University of Leeds since 2006 and, in this role, has put a strong emphasis on enhancing the student experience. Prior to his appointment at Leeds, Professor Biggs developed his research career through post-doctoral positions at the Institut Charles Sadron (Strasbourg, France) and the University of Melbourne. His undergraduate and doctoral education was undertaken in the UK at the University of Bristol from where he received a PhD in Colloid Chemistry.
Professor Biggs' main research interests are in the field of colloid and interface engineering. He has a strong interest in the measurement, control and manipulation of inter-particle forces. He has pioneered the use of in-situ imaging with direct measurements of both adsorbed amounts and adsorption kinetics, using precision instrumentation such as light scattering, optical reflectometry and atomic force microscopy.
Professor Biggs has been the chief investigator on numerous research projects and he is an author of over 150 refereed publications. He is currently the Director of Chamelic Ltd and Escubed Ltd – spin-out companies from the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Leeds. He received the 2005 Beilby Medal from the RSC/IMMM/SCI for his substantial contribution towards research of practical significance.
Professor Biggs is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering; Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry; Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers; Member of the International Association of Colloid and Interface Scientists. He is also a Member of Editorial Board for Colloids & Surfaces A and the Journal of Colloid & Interface Science.