Professor Tony Ryan OBE leads the University of Sheffield’s programme in sustainability research, across pure and applied sciences, engineering and social sciences.
His focus is on the global food, water and energy nexus challenge, feeding a growing world population, reducing the impacts of agriculture and food production that account for 25-30% of greenhouse gas emissions, and harnessing the power of the sun for food production and renewable energy. He has worked with learned societies from The Royal Society to Chatham House.
Ryan was born and schooled in Leeds and undertook his degree studies at UMIST in Manchester. His research covers the synthesis, structure, processing and properties of polymers and he helped define the field of polymer nanotechnology. Ryan has co-authored more than 200 papers and eight patents, also co-authoring the book Polymer Processing and Structure Development, first published in 1998. He has lectured internationally and to a broad range of audiences.
Ryan is a regular contributor to the media, including appearances on Radio 4’s Start the Week and the Material World programmes. He writes articles for the Independent and the Daily Telegraph newspapers. Following his selection to present the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures in 2002, he became the first Senior Media Fellow of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).
In 2006, Tony Ryan was made an OBE for Services to Science.