Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology (IFM), Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden

Talk Title: Smart polymer biosensors  

Professor Anthony (Tony) Turner’s name is synonymous with the field of Biosensors. He joined Linköping University (Sweden) in 2010, to create a new Centre for Biosensors and Bioelectronics. His previous thirty-five-year academic career in the UK culminated in the positions of Principal of Cranfield University at Silsoe and Distinguished Professor of Biotechnology; he is now an Emeritus Professor at both Cranfield, and at Linköping where he works half-time. In addition to his academic activities, he has specialised in leveraging IP and driven numerous biosensor start-ups over the past three decades.

In 2016, Prof Turner was awarded the Ukraine’s highest academic honour, the Vernadsky Gold Medal from the National Academy of Sciences. Also, in the same year, he was awarded the Datta Medal by the Federation of European Biochemical Societies (FEBS). He was elected to the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences in 2013 and admitted as a Fellow of the UK Royal Society of Chemistry in 1996. He was awarded a Higher Doctorate (DSc) for his exceptional contribution to biosensors by the University of Kent in 2001 and an Honorary DSc by the University of Bedfordshire in 2008, where he served as a Governor for six years and is a Member of Court. He was elected a Foreign Associate of the USA National Academy of Engineering in 2006, for his work on glucose sensors, environmental monitors and synthetic recognition molecules and has been a Visiting Professor at various universities in the UK, Italy, Korea, Japan and China. Anthony Turner has over 750 publications and patents (>350 refereed journal papers and reviews) in the field of biosensors and biomimetic sensors and is probably best known for his role in the development of commercial glucose sensors for home-use by people with diabetes. He has an h-index of 80 (G.S.). He published the first textbook on Biosensors in 1987, is Editor-In-Chief of the principal journal in his field, Biosensors & Bioelectronics (Elsevier) and chairs the World Congress on Biosensors, which he founded in 1990.