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Professor Alford is Associate Provost (Academic Planning) at Imperial College. He works in the field of materials engineering and has established an international reputation for his achievements in development of high strength cements, viscous polymer processing of ceramics, development of superconducting thick films and latterly for the development of ultra low dielectric loss microwave dielectrics and ferroelectric thin films for communications.
Current activity is in the area of functional thin films for plasmonics and energy materials. His recent work has led to the development of a room temperature, earth’s field MASER which was published in Nature.
He was Head of the Department of Materials and Vice Dean of Research in the Faculty of Engineering at Imperial and he is now Associate Provost for Academic Planning. He is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Physics, the Institute of Materials Minerals and Mining, the American Ceramic Society and a fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology. He is an associate editor for the Journal of the American Ceramic Society. In 2012 he was awarded the MBE for services to engineering. He has over 250 journal publications and is the author of 22 patents. He sits on the UK Government’s Advanced Materials Leadership Council and the Sir Henry Royce Governing Board.