Richard graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2005 with an MPhys, from the University of St-Andrews and Heriot-Watt jointly with a MSc in photonics and optoelectronic devices in 2007 and from the University of Heriot-Watt in 2012 with a PhD. His PhD studies involved the development and investigation of long period fibre gratings as hydrogen sensors in close collaboration with AWE. In 2012 he joined the high power laser applications group at Heriot-Watt as a research associate.
Richard's research interests revolve around high-power laser manufacturing processes and fibre optics. Recent research projects have included: high power beam delivery with novel hollow core fibres (in collaboration with the University of Bath); fibre optic sensing; micro material processing including machining, drilling and welding; and most recently microwelding of highly dissimilar materials. His research has lead to collaborations with a number of external research partners including AWE, Renishaw, Atlas Electronik, The University of Bath, The Central Glass and Ceramics Research Institute in Kolkata as well as close cooperation with the other members of the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Laser Based Production Processes.
More detaisl available on H-W Research Gateway website.