Dr Richard Martin

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 Reader in Material Physics 

  •  2008 - 2010          Post Graduate Certificate Higher Education, University of Kent.
  • 1998 - 2002           Ph.D. Department of Physics, University of Bath.
  • 1994 - 1998           B.Sc. (Hons)Physics (1st  Class), Department of Physics, University of Bath.


  • 2016 - Present      Reader (associate Professor), School of Engineering & Physical sciences.
  • 2010 – 2016          ARCHA research fellow, Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Aston University.
  • 2007 - 2010           School of Physical Sciences, University of Kent.
  • 2005 - 2007           Department of Physics, University of Bath.
  • 2004 – 2005          Department of Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, University of Oxford.
  • 2001 - 2004           Department of Physics, University of Bath.


  • AP1MEC      Mechanics
  • AP1EPL       Experimental laboratories
  • AP2CMP      Condensed matter physics
  • AP3PRS      Problem solving
  • AP3REM      Research Methodologies
  • AP4PRJ       Final Year Project
  • EE4PRJ       Final Year Project



  • 2015-2016       Dr Karan Ranu – Developing bioactive glasses for cancer treatment therapies. Funded by Sarcoma UK.


 PhD students (Primary Supervisor)

  • 2011-2016       Ms Saima Begum –Developing bioactive glasses for bone regeneration applications. Passed her viva in Dec 2015, currently undergoing minor corrections.
  • 2013-2018       Mr Slobodan Sirovica – Investigating glass - polymer dental composites. Funded by the Science and Technologies Facilities Council global challenges studentship.
  • 2013-2018       Ms Farah Raja – Developing antimicrobial glasses to treat long term urinary tract infections. Funded by Insight Health Limited.
  • 2015-2018       Mr Lucas Pereira Lopes de Souza - In vitro effects of a Niobium-doped bioactive glass on osteoblastic viability, proliferation rate and maturation. Funded by Science without Boarders Scheme (Brasil).
  • 2015- 2018      Mr Louis Forto Chungong – Fabricating and characterising glasses for biomedical applications.
  • 2015- 2018      Mr Alex Morrell - Developing strategies to study the transport of biomaterial particles and ions within biological tissues.  Funded by the Diamond Light Source.

Current PhD students (Co- Supervisor)

  • Aston Research Centre for Healthy Ageing
  • Science and Technology Facilities Council
  • Diamond Light Source
  • Insight Health Limited
  • Sarcoma UK
  • Science Without Boarders
  • Royal Society
  • Royal College of Surgeons
  • ISIS Pulsed Neutron Source, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
  • Kent Enterprise Fund


  • 2018 Dr Raja and Dr Martin were awarded an ICURe grant
  • 2018 Mr Alex Morrell gave a talk at the 29th European Conference on Biomaterials, Maastricht
  • 2018 Our paper entitled Implications of X-ray beam profiles on qualitative and quantitative synchrotron micro-focus X-ray fluorescence microscopy was accepted for publication in the Journal of Synchrotron Radiation
  • 2018 Our paper entitled Comprehensive in vitro and in vivo studies of novel melt-derived Nb substituted 45S5 bioglass reveal its enhanced bioactive properties for bone healing was accepted for publication in Scientific Reports 
  • 2018 Our paper entitled Intracoronal stress transfer through enamel following RBC photopolymerisation: A synchrotron X-ray study was accepted for publication in Dental Materials
  • 2018 Dr Richard Martin was nominated for the 2018 Aston Achievement Award of Excellent Research
  • 2018 Dr Richard Martin was shortlisted (top 3) for the Research & Dissertation Supervisor Academic Award
  • 2018 Alex Morrell was winner of the Aston Institute of Materials (AIMR) award for this year's outstanding research student in the area of materials science, sponsored by the ARMOURERS & BRASIERS’ Company.
  • 2018 Graduation, both Farah and Slobodan graduated - many congratulations
  • 2018, January, first Diamond experiment of the year, at I14, sub-micron resolution!
  • 2017 Our AMR4AMR seedcorn grant has been successful.
  • 2017 an I18 experiment at the Diamond Light Source,
  • 2017 Our paper has been accepted for publication in Biochim Biophys Acta
  • 2017 Our paper entitled Atomic structure of Mg-based metallic glasses from molecular dynamics and neutron diffraction has been accepted for publication in Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics
  • 2017 an I18 experiment at the Diamond Light Source (March),
  • 2017 Slobodan Sirovica has won the prestigious International Paffenbarger award. The Paffenbarger award recognises the best student research paper in the field of dental materials. Slobodan is the first ever winner from the UK – many congratulations! 
  • 2017 Our work “Defining the impact of paternal diet on offspring bone health” has been published in the X-ray and Magnetic Scattering Beamline newsletter.
  • 2016 Our group attended the Society of Glass Technology centenary / European Society of Glass annual meeting in Sheffield 4 th -8 th September. Excellent presentations from Farah, Louis and Lucas.
  • 2016 Hawshan Mustafa from University of Jena visits our group for 3 months.
  • 2016 Our AMR4AMR visiting fellowship grant has been successful.
  • 2016 Dr Richard Martin has won the Aston achievement award for research.
  • 2016 our paper entitled Understanding Bioactive Glasses at the Atomic Scale: the Complementary use of Advanced Probe and Computer Modelling Methods has been accepted for publication in the International Journal of Applied Glass Science
  • 2016 Jodie's paper entitled Probing crystallization of a fluoro-apatite - mullite system using neutron diffraction has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids.
  • 2016 Dr Richard Martin attended the 24th International Congress on Glass in Shanghai, China from April 7th - 11th to accepted the Gottardi award and give a presentation
  • 2016 Dr Richard Martin has been selected as the 2016 Vittorio Gottardi Prize winner.
  • 2016 Karan Rana passes his PhD viva – many congratulations! 
  • 2016 Sarah's paper has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, Slobodan and Richard are co-authors.
  • 2016 Saima Begum’s paper on The influence of pH and fluid dynamics on the antibacterial efficacy of 45S5 Bioglass was accepted for publication in Biomedical Materials.
  • 2016 Richard Martin has been appointed deputy director of the Aston Research Centre for Healthy Ageing (ARCHA).
  • 2015 Saima Begum had her PhD viva – many congratulations!  
  • 2015 Our group had ten research proposals funded by Science and Technologies Facilities Council during the latest funding round 
  • 2015 Karan Rana joins the group to undertake the Sarcoma UK postdoctoral position
  • 2015 Lucas Pereira Lopes de Souza joins the group from Universidade de Pernambuco, Brasil
  • 2015 Alex Morrell joins the group from University of Birmingham to undertake a PhD
  • 2015 Richard Martin joined the local organising committee for the Society of Glass Technology Centenary Conference (SGT100) and the 2016 European Society of Glass Conference (ESG 2016).
  • 2015 Richard Martin elected chair of the Basic Science and Technology Committee, Society of Glass Technology
  • 2015 our paper entitled Molecular dynamics modelling of sodium and calcium metaphosphate glasses for biomaterial applications was accepted for publication in the journal of Physics and Chemistry of Glasses: European Journal of Glass Science and Technology Part B
  • 2015 a postdoctoral position is available within the group please see the following website for more details http://jobs.aston.ac.uk/vacancies.aspx?cat=530
  • 2015 Richard Martin awarded a Sarcoma UK grant to investigate novel bioactive glasses for bone tumours.
  • 2015 Richard Martin joined the local organising for the 9th International Conference on Borate Glasses, Crystals and Melts and the 2nd International Conference on Phosphate Materials.
  • 2015 Richard Martin visited Professor Qiu at the Chinese Academy of Science, Beijing
  • 2015 Our paper entitled "Bioactive Organic-Inorganic Hybrids with Improved Mechanical Performance" was published in the Journal of Materials Chemistry B


R A Martin, G J Rees, D Iuga, M E Smith, and J V Hanna “  43      Ca MQ MAS investigation of bioactive glass” The UK 850 MHz Solid-State NMR Facility Annual Report 2011.

Jacobs R M J, Martin R A, Schreiber F, Skoda M W A, Zhang F and Zorn S. “Interactions between proteins and gold colloids decorated with protein resistant Oligo-ethylene-glycol” Synchrotron Radiation Source, 2007 Annual report. Scientific highlights. (2008).

Salmon P S, Martin R A, Mason P E and Cuello G J. Institut Laue-Langevin Annual report. Scientific highlights. (2005).

Cole J M, Hannon A C, Newport R J, Martin R A, Husheer S L G and Zeidler A. “Magnetic difference on GEM – direct observation of closest R...R approach in rare-earth (R) phosphate glasses”,  ISIS Annual report. Scientific highlights. (2004).

Martin R A, Salmon P S, Fischer H E and Cuello G J. Institut Laue-Langevin 2003 Annual report. Scientific highlights. 64. (2003).

  • British Society Research into Ageing international conference, Aston University, July 2012.
  • Annual Symposium of the UK 850 MHz solid-state NMR facility, March 2012.
  • Aston Research Centre for Healthy Ageing showcase, Aston University, September 2011.
  • British Science Festival, Aston University, September 2010.
  • Bioceramics meeting at the Centre for Advanced Structural Ceramics, September 2010.
  • Advanced Biomaterials and Regenerative Medicine symposium at the International Conference on Materials for Advanced Technologies (Singapore), July 2009.
  • 2nd Asian Biomaterials CongressSingapore, June 2009.
  • 10 th  International Conference on the Structure of Non-Crystalline Materials, Czech Republic.