TATA Steel Chair
Director SUSTAIN EPSRC Future Steel Manufacturing Research Hub
Co-Director of Advanced Imaging of Materials (AIM) Facility
I am currently a TATA Steel sponsored Professor having previously worked as a post-doctoral research officer in the Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre in Materials specialising in material characterisation and mechanical metallurgy. I have a long history of interfacing with industry and significant experience of managing industry / academic research collaborations and relationships.
I am Deputy Director of the EPSRC funded SUSTAIN Future Steel Manufacturing Hub which aims to deliver cutting edge science and the engineering research required to create carbon neutral, resource-efficient UK steel supply chains. I established the Advanced Imaging of Materials facility and played a leading role in the establishment of the Steel and Metals Institute at Swansea University to which TATA Steel have already committed 30 industrial researchers and £9m of research equipment.
My current research spans a broad range of topics supporting innovation in the steel industry from product development to process innovation and optimisation of steel making and extractive metallurgy methods. This includes optimisation of ferrous raw material processing, characterisation of refractory materials and rapid alloy development.