Welsh Crucible 2013
Richard is a senior lecturer in the Materials Research Centre, Swansea University. Embracing a multidisciplinary approach, Richard’s research has taken him from artificial intelligence in manufacturing, through gas turbine materials (abradables, nickel superalloys, ceramic matrix composites), and on to X-ray microtomography. He has recently set up the new X-ray Imaging and Characterisation Laboratory (XIChaL) at Swansea, with a multidisciplinary group that finds excitement in applying materials science to varied fields. Current projects include working with tephrochronologists, Egyptologists, biomechanists, among others. Richard is eager to explore new collaborations, and a recent project on biomimicry and bioinspiration has great potential for collaboration with biological sciences. Richard also devised the #ResearchAsArt awards, and is keen to enhance the profile and understanding of research with the public, and to inspire the next generation of scientists.
2016 Update: Richard has been promoted to Associate Professor in the College of Engineering at Swansea University.