Having obtained a bachelors degree from the University of London, he spent 5 happy alcohol-fuelled years at Cambridge completing a PhD into the failure mechanisms of carbon fibre-epoxy aerospace composites in partnership with Rolls Royce under the supervision of Prof. Derek Hull. In 1992 he left for a post-doc position at Sydney University working in Prof. Yiu-Wing Mai's research group on fatigue of adhesive bonds with DSTO and on the development of novel contact lens material with EYECON. In 1995 he took up a lecturing position at the ANU in the Department of Engineering to work on toughened polymer composite systems. After a break of several years during which time he managed the engineering educational portfolio, he changed research direction and concentrated on the development of nanostructured functional ceramics alongside long-standing collaborators in the Faculty of Engineering at the National University of Singapore. Recent years has seen international collaborations grow across the region - in particular, Nanyang Technological University, A*STAR (both in Singapore), Malaysia and Brunei. These collaborations have focused on thermoelectric nanomaterials, energy storage nano-oxides and other functional electroceramics, as well as the development of nanostructured functional oxides through electrochemical treatment of scrap metal.
Nanostructured functional ceramic oxides for efficient energy technologies In particular - the development of manganese and zirconium oxide nanofibres for energy storage applications; calcium cobaltite nanofibres for thermoelectric applications and titania nanofibres for solar cell and water purification applications. Research students can get the opportunity to study for significant periods in Singapore under the ANU-ARAP PhD agreement managed by A*STAR