Prof. David Briggs BSc (Chem.), PhD, DSc received his degrees from the University of Durham. His career as a research scientist included 27 years with ICI plc, when he also held a number of visiting professorships, and six years as Professor of Surface Chemical Analysis at the University of Nottingham. During this time he published over 200 papers/articles and 10 books in his specialised field. In addition he was editor-in-chief of an international journal, a consultant and co-founder of a niche publishing company.
Prof. John T. Grant has extensive experience in the field of surface science, having worked in this area for over 35 years. He is an expert with the techniques used in such studies and has extensive experience in Auger electron spectroscopy (AES), x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS or ESCA), ion bombardment of solids, sputter depth profiling, ion scattering spectroscopy (ISS), secondary ion mass spectroscopy (SIMS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), low energy electron diffraction (LEED), ionization loss spectroscopy, soft x-ray appearance potential spectroscopy (APS), surface conductivity, surface photovoltaic effects, gas adsorption and desorption, electron beam interactions with solid surfaces, surface cleaning procedures, ultrahigh vacuum techniques, specimen preparation techniques, and controlled cleavage or fracture of specimens. He has worked with polymers, metals, semiconductors, and insulators. Dr. Grant has worked in this field in Australia, Europe, and the United States and is an internationally-recognized authority in the field of surface science. He is currently conducting research on optical coatings and nanomaterials.