Roy Sambles joins NPL as a Distinguished Visitor to support and challenge NPL on science and technology to enhance NPL's scientific capabilities.
Roy has been Professor of Experimental Physics at the University of Exeter since 1991, when he was awarded the first ever internal promotion to a chair. His early research concerned Conduction Electron Spin resonance and spin waves in the alkali metals as well as studies of electron scattering in thin metal films. Over the past 30 years, he has worked on the optical properties of liquid crystals; explored the interaction of light with structured metal surfaces (plasmonics); pioneered work on molecular rectification and elucidated the fascinating photonic structures in butterfly wings. In 2002, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society for his contribution to a broad range of research on the fundamentals of melting, spin waves in metals, molecular rectification, liquid crystal optics and plasmonics. The latest among several awards has been the Faraday medal of the Institute of Physics in 2012.
Over the last 10 years he has turned his attention to metamaterial surfaces for the control of sound, microwaves and more recently fluid flow. He is Director of the large EPSRC-funded Centre for Doctoral Training in Electromagnetic Metamaterials at Exeter, which commenced in April 2014, now supporting over 60 PhD students.
Roy was President of the Institute of Physics from October 2015 to September 2017.