Dr. P. Bowen obtained his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry in the field of catalysis from the University of Cambridge, UK, in 1982. He then worked at the BP Research Centre, Sunbury, UK, for 4 years in applied surface sciences before moving to Switzerland and EPFL in1987. He has been at the Powder Technology Laboratory, in the Materials Institute since its conception in 1988. He has over 120 publications and has written an undergraduate book on ceramic processing. His main research interests are inorganic powder synthesis powder charactersiation, colloidal processing sinetring of ceramics and atomistic modelling of surfaces and interfaces for applications as varied as transparent ceramics and the building industry.