Professor Mel Richardson
I am the Director of Research for the Advanced Polymer and Composites Group Research Group in the School of Engineering at University of Portsmouth. I am a Visiting Professor and International Advisor to Sichuan, Shanghai Jiao Tong and Zhejiang Universities (PRC); UTM University (Malaysia); Coimbra University (Portugal); and UBI Universidade da Beira Interior (Portugal).
I am active in research, consultancy and teaching associated with composite/plastics materials engineering, specialising in nanotechnology and nanocomposites.
My academic interests involve characterisation, analysis, identification, selection, formulation, manufacturing, design, rapid prototyping, testing, structural integrity evaluation, and applications of polymers, thermoplastics, thermosets, adhesives coatings, elastomers, polymer composites and nanocomposites and other advanced materials as well as online learning and teaching.
I am a member of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Peer Review College. I have over 210 publications and have won major European Union and EPSRC Research Grants. And, I'm the Leader of three "Natural Fibre Composite" International Research Consortia involving UK, France, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Sweden, China, Singapore, Mexico, Ecuador, and Columbia.
I was awarded the MBE for "humanitarian services to Tibet and China" in 1998, which included applying the results of his research work to disadvantaged people in the Far East. He is also Economic Advisor to Pingxiang Municipal Government and an Honorary Citizen of Pingxiang City.