The research interests of Professor Young are in all aspects of the relationships between structure and mechanical properties of polymers and composites, and he has published a number of books and more than 400 papers in the field. He is listed in HighlyCited and has an H-index of 82. He has a number of research programmes in collaboration with academics and industrial companies in the UK, Mainland Europe, Japan and China. The application of the technique of Raman spectroscopy to monitor deformation processes in high-performance fibres and composites has been developed and now extended to other materials such as carbon nanotubes and spider silk. More recently he has been concerned using Raman spectroscopy to follow the deformation of graphene in composites in collaboration with Professor Novoselov of the School of Physics and Astronomy. This is now the main activity of his research group which investigates all aspects of the structure and deformation of graphene and other 2D materials in nanocomposites.