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We were delighted to be hosting Professor Jackie Akhavan, a leader in the field of explosives research in the UK. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and a Fellow of the Institute of Explosives Engineers, in 2016 Professor Akhavan established the Abel Building, a new state-of-the-art chemistry facility and centre of excellence for research and development in energetic materials. She has also been the inspiration behind the Centre of Excellence in Energetic Materials, working with the MoD and other agencies to deliver this new UK national capability.