Professor Colin Bain is Vice-Provost (Research) and Professor of Chemistry at the University of Durham. He graduated in Natural Sciences from Cambridge in 1983 before gaining a PhD at Harvard in 1988.
Following a Royal Society Research Fellowship back at Cambridge, he was a UL at Oxford University until his appointment to a Chair in Durham in 2005. He has received the Harrison (1992), Corday-Morgan (2000) and Tilden (2008) prizes of the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Lectureship Award of the Japanese Chemical Society (2005), and has delivered the McBain Lecture at the National Chemical Laboratory, Pune, India (2005) and the Craig Lectures at the Australian National University, Canberra (2008).
He is a founding editor of the journal Soft Matter and sits on the editorial advisory boards of Langmuir and ChemPhysChem. He is acknowledged as a leading expert in surface chemistry and is a regular member of committees of the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. He spent five years managing the Oxford Science Park and retains an interest in technology transfer as a Scientific Advisor to the venture capital firm, Oxford Capital Partners.