SENIOR LECTURER IN SUSTAINABLE TECHNOLOGIES, SCHOOL OF CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT AND ENGINEERING
READER IN BIOMIMETICS & DESIGN, SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING & DESIGN, BRUNEL UNIVERSITY, UK
Dr Richard Bonser joined the Department of Design as a Reader in January 2012. His academic background is interdisciplinary, having read Zoology at the University of Sheffield and been awarded a PhD in the mechanics of biological materials by the University of Bristol. From 1993 to 1998, Richard undertook postdoctoral research at Bristol, Manchester and Oxford Universities before taking up the post of Senior Research Scientist in the Biomaterials group at the BBSRC’s Silsoe Research Institute, leaving during 2002. Prior to joining Brunel, he was Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Biomimetics at the University of Reading.
Richard’s research interests are concerned with the design and development of new materials and structures. He is particularly interested in the application of biomimetics (defined as ‘the abstraction of good design from nature’). Having a background in biomechanics and biological materials mechanics, he is also interested in the development of sustainable materials derived from renewable feedstocks.
He has applied his research expertise to a variety of industrial sectors, including construction, FMCG, space and aerospace, sports technology and defence.