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Head of the School of Chemistry, Newcastle University

Professor Ulrich Stimming has been appointed Head of the School of Chemistry at Newcastle University. He was Chair of Technical Physics at the Technical University Munich (TUM) and Scientific Advisor and Principal Investigator at TUM CREATE in Singapore and CEO of TUM CREATE, the Centre for Electromobility.

He has more than 300 publications in scientific journals, 12 patents and was made a fellow of the International Society of Electrochemistry and awarded the Electrochimica Acta Gold Medal by the International Society of Electrochemistry in 2010.

Founder and editor-in-chief of the scientific journal Fuel Cells - From Fundamentals to Systems, Professor Stimming is a member of various national and international academicadvisory committees, serving on evaluation panels of the European Research Council.

He also co-ordinated a research network in electromobility between Germany and China for the Association of Leading Technical Universities in Germany (TU9), and was co-director of the Joint Institute for Advanced Power Sources of TUM and Tsinghua University from 2010 to 2014.


Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Engagement and Internationalisation), Newcastle University

Professor Richard Davies has been appointed as Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Engagement and Internationalisation) at Newcastle University.  Richard is currently Dean of Knowledge Exchange and Impact at Durham University.  An internationally-recognised geoscientist, he spent the first half of his career working in the oil and gas sector around the world.  This involved him working extensively with a wide range of stakeholders including industry, national governments, and NGOs. 

He began his academic career at Cardif University in 2003 and joined Durham in 2006.  For the past eight years he has held a number of pan-university leadership roles, including the founder and first Director of the Durham Energy Institute - establishing it as one of Durham's most successful Institutes.

Richard joins the University on 11 August, 2014.


Dean of Research and Innovation, Newcastle University

Professor Werner Hofer has been appointed Dean of Research and Innovation for the Faculty of Science, Agriculture and Engineering at the Newcastle University. Werner joined from Liverpool University where he had worked as the founding Director for the Stephenson Institute for Renewable Energy and the Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange in the Faculty of Science and Engineering.  He has research interests in the following: Simulation of Scanning Tunnelling Microscopes, Study of grain boundaries in semiconductors, Reaction processes on metal and semiconductor surfaces, Theory of photocatalysis and Synthesis of Density Functional Theory and Wave Mechanics.

Werner joined the University on 2 June, 2014.