AMD has been set up as a commercial enterprise to fund programmes of development and related research in materials nanotechnology which are judged to offer practicable, effective routes to licensed technology and know-how which in turn can be taken profitably to market through a variety of commercial arrangements. Some such potential partnerships are already identified.
AMD aims to advance this materials research to commercial success and beyond and to continue delivering a funding pipeline to the best university departments in the UK.
AMD’s initial partnership with the University of Sussex Material Physics department will focus on 3-4 projects developing viable applications for many global challenges including packaging and food waste, transportation, healthcare and anti-counterfeiting.
Professor Alan Dalton and his twenty strong team at the University of Sussex, is at the forefront of international efforts to understand and explore the fundamental nature and attributes of ‘two-dimensional’ nanomaterials such as graphene, and thereby provide some of the bridges to the multiplicity of potentially beneficial applications with far-reaching implications for the human challenges of global sustainability.
John Lee – Founder & CEO
John has had a thirty year career in the City of London specialising in the fields of Mining, Energy and CleanTech sectors as well as a more general involvement in global retail, banking, technology and healthcare equity markets and currently consults for a U.S. Investment Bank. John has extensive experience in capital-raising across multiple sectors and has more recently been instrumental in advising and raising capital for a number of early stage companies utilising an extensive network of industry and sector specialists. Originally graduating as a mining engineer with a passion for innovative technology, John brings a solid understanding of the scientific and business challenges involved.
Richard Lee – Founder
Richard is a business development focused entrepreneur having founded, funded and run successful media, digital and technology businesses – most notably Aura Sports (sold to BSkyB 2006) and everyLIFE Technologies (founded in 2014). As a former environmental technologist and principal of Academatch, a business consultancy specialising in bridging the knowledge gap between research science and industry, Richard has hands on experience of the interconnect between academia and industry.
Johnny Wybrew OBE – Chairman
After a wide-ranging career in the international oil and gas industry with the Shell Group (including a 3-year secondment to the Prime Minister’s Policy Unit as Mrs Thatcher’s adviser on energy and transport), and later a series of executive director board appointments in British Gas and its successor companies, he has had a diverse portfolio of interests: for 8 years as an NED on the board of the energy regulator, Ofgem; as Chairman of the Government-backed Sector Skills Council, Energy and Utility Skills (for which he was awarded an OBE); as Chairman of the British Energy Association, and also the Foundation for Management Education. Stemming from a first-class Cambridge engineering degree and an enduring interest in the beneficial application of advancing technology, he has become increasingly engaged as active investor and board member in innovative start-up companies in the field of clean energy and related fields.
Professor Alan Dalton – Chief Scientific Advisor
Alan joined the University of Sussex as a Professor of Materials Physics in March 2016. Alan has worked in the area of nanomaterials and nanotechnology for over 20 years. To date, He has published over 130 publications and 12 patents in the general area. His work has been cited over 8400 times and his h-index is 43. He holds visiting positions at the University of Malaya, the Kazakh National University (Almaty) and the University of Texas Dallas. He leads a research team of 20 and his research has attracted several million in funding to date.