Department of Physics academic recognised in New Year Honours

Posted on 2 January 2018

Professor Pratibha Gai has been appointed a Dame (DBE) in the New Year Honours for services to chemical sciences and technology.

Pratibha Gai

Professor Gai is the founding co-director of York’s JEOL Nanocentre and Professor of Electron Microscopy in York’s Departments of Chemistry and Physics.

Professor Gai studies dynamic atomic processes in reacting solids during chemical reactions. Her many research highlights include the development of new nanomaterials and chemical processes for use in a range of high technology applications, including catalysis, energy, healthcare, chemicals and food coatings, and novel dynamic electron microscopies.

Professor Gai said: “I am truly humbled to receive this national honour and delighted that the research has received this wonderful recognition.

“This honour belongs to all the outstanding co-researchers and staff I have collaborated with. I am grateful to them and my main funders the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).”

Professor Kieran Gibson, Head of the Department of Physics, said: “This is a richly deserved award for Pratibha, that recognises her sustained level of international excellence in studying matter at the scale of individual atoms.

“It is testament to all her work in developing novel ways of imaging the nanoscale in real time, which has huge impact across the fields of chemistry, physics and beyond.”

The full story can be viewed on the University of York website.