I graduated in Chemistry and Physics, at the University of Wales, and completed a PhD in Chemical Physics with Prof. Graham Williams. Following two years as a 6th Form Science Teacher in Cheshire, I returned to research in Chemistry and Materials Science at the University of Manchester with Sir Geoffrey Allen FRS.
Through research into dielectric spectroscopy of polymers, I became a co-discoverer of the Kohlrausch-Williams-Watts [KWW] stretched-exponential function for modeling molecular-relaxation processes in condensed media. These papers have attracted more than 4,000 citations.
I was appointed to a lectureship in Biomaterials Science within the School of Dentistry and subsequently promoted to S/L (1983), Reader (1992) and Professor (2000). During this period I also gained teaching experience with the Open University, Manchester Metropolitan University and NorthWestern University, Chicago. I was a co-founder of a new B.Sc. degree course inBiomedical Materials in the Manchester School of Materials.
I am concurrently Adjunct Research Professor in Biomaterials and Biomechanics, at Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR, USA, and an Honorary faculty Member of the Center for Mechanics of Biological Materials, University of Padova. www.cmbm.unipd.it
I have a major commitment to Postgraduate Education and Research, through leading a group of Biomaterials researchers including circa 10 PhD candidates. 60+ PhDs and 50+ Masters degrees have been successfully supervised personally, to date.
I sustain a wide-ranging basic research activity in biomaterials for dentistry and orthopaedics and am a member of the Photon Science Institute. In 2003 I received the IADR Distinguished Scientist [Wilmer Souder] Award for research in dental biomaterials. In 2010 I received the Humboldt Research Award of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany - a lifetime research achievement award - and in 2011 the President's Prize of the UK Society for Biomaterials.
Since 1998 I have been Editor-in-Chief of Dental Materials [Elsevier], now one of the highest impact-factor research journals in dentistry and materials science. My other interests include:
Head of Research Theme: Adhesive Biomaterials & Biomechanics.
BSc, PhD, DSc, FInstP, FRSC, FRSB, FADM
Alexander von Humboldt Laureate
Laboratory-based biomaterials research is essential to the genesis and development of new and improved biomaterials for dentistry and orthopaedics. The questions requiring resolution far exceed the worldwide resources available for Randomised Clinical Trials. Hence, careful and appropriate laboratory modeling is also needed to replicate key features of the oral environment, including its biomechanical, thermal, optical, chemical, biochemical and cellular aspects. Recent publications address all of these dimensions of research, and contribute to an enhanced mechanistic understanding of biomaterial behaviour.
Research interest involves the whole field of dental and orthopaedic biomaterials, but especially in polymer systems, composites and adhesives. Biomaterials for dental operative use entail special 'boundary conditions' on account especially of in situ solidification, micro-engineered small quantities and constrained cavity-filling placement. This research has also branched into cognate areas including Acrylic Bone Cement and Medical/Photonic adhesives.
The following specific topics are illustrative of our interdisciplinary research: