Nicholas Bedford

Dr Nicholas Bedford received a BS in Chemistry and a BS in Physics from Central Michigan University in 2007 and PhD in Materials Science in 2012 from the University of Cincinnati (UC). During his time at UC, he performed research at the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), where he was later awarded a National Research Council (NRC) postdoctoral fellowship award to study bio-inspired nanomaterials. During his NRC postdoc, he concurrently served as a visiting scholar in the University of Miami’s chemistry department. Following a brief stint at the Applied Chemical and Materials Division at the National Institute of Standards and Technology from 2014-2016, he moved back to AFRL as a Materials Research Engineer, where he spearheaded collaborative efforts between AFRL and various synchrotron facilities.  Early in 2018, he moved to the School of Chemical Engineering at the University of New South Wales to start his academic career at the rank of Lecturer.  In 2020, he was promoted to Senior Lecturer, and in 2023 started affiliate appointments at US National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the Colorado School of Mines.

Dr. Bedford’s current research is focused on broadly solving the “structure/function relationships” problem for nanoscale materials, wherein the interplay between novel synthetic capabilities and synchrotron radiation characterization methods can lead to rational design strategies for new materials with emergent properties in the areas of catalysis, energy materials, ceramics, and biosensors. He has received funding through various agencies, including active projects with the US Air Force Office of Scientific Research, US Army Research Office, Defense Advanced Research Project Agency, the American Chemical Society, the Australian Research Council, and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency.

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