Taff is highly active in analytical chemistry and the space technology translation agenda at The Open University. The first half of his career was spent developing instruments for the Rosetta and Beagle2 space missions. He has since led teams to develop a wide range of bespoke, high impact, sector disruptive solutions to terrestrial challenges, including:
• An award winning submarine air monitoring system for use on all future UK submarines
• Sector disruptive sampling and analysis devices for the world’s largest flavours and fragrance company, Givaudan;
• Co-inventor on an OU patent for a miniature fluid valve, that could revolutionise satellite propulsion and planetary science instrumentation;
• Sports anti-doping testing assays for the US Partnership for Clean Competition (PCC).
• STFC FN+ funded projects to develop “sniffing machines” to determine the shelf life of fresh vegetables and avocados.
He is also director of three start-up companies.