Professor Robert J. Young
Ph.D., University of Cambridge, 1973.
M.A., University of Cambridge, 1973.
B.A. in Materials Science, University of Cambridge, St. John's College, 1969.
− Analysis of Fibre and Composite Deformation using Raman Spectroscopy
− Mechanisms of Deformation in High Performance Polymer Fibres
− Analysis of Deformation of Polymer Fibres and Composites using Synchrotron Radiation
− Characterisation of Carbon Nanotubes using Raman spectroscopy
− Deformation of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes and their Composites
− Reinforcement of Thermoplastics by Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes
− Structure and Deformation of Silicon Carbide Monofilaments
− Polymer Based Laminates for Food Packaging Applications
1991 Silver Medal - The Plastics and Rubber Institute, London
1991 Dow Distinguished Lecturer, Northwestern University, USA
1992 Royal Society Wolfson Research Professor (5 years)
1992-1997 Royal Society Wolfson Research Professor of Materials Science,
University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology
1996 Royal Society Zeneca Lecturer
1996 UMIST Cockcroft Lecturer
1997 Royal Society Public Lecturer, British Association Annual Meeting, Leeds
2002 Griffith Medal - Institute of Materials, London Invited Speaker
2004-2009 Founding Head of School of Materials, University of Manchester
2006 Elected Fellowship of Esteemed Scholarly Society (the Royal Academy of Engineering)
2008-2011 Chair Professor of Polymer Science and Technology under their Distinguished
Scholars, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Institute of Textiles and Clothing Scheme
2010 300 publications listed with >6500 citations and h-index = 42 (Web of Science )
2010 Edwin P. Plueddemann Award for Excellence in Composite Interface Research
- 2 Research Books and 270 Papers in refereed Journals
- One of 16 UK scientists listed for citations in Materials Science (ISI HighlyCited.com)
Invitations and Guest Professorships
2004-present Editor - Journal of Materials Science
2005 Guest Professor – Wuhan University of Technology, China
2006-2010 International Advisor, National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Japan
- Fellow of the Institute of Physics
- Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining
- Chartered Engineer, Chartered Physicist
- Editorial Board - Journal of Macromolecular Science: Part B - Physics
Professor Young is interested in all aspects of the relationship between the structure and mechanical of polymers and composites. He has recently focussed his attention upon structure/property relations in graphene and chemically-modified graphene for use in high-performance polymer-based nanocomposites.
He has demonstrated through the use of a Raman spectroscopy that it is possible to attain significant reinforcement of a polymer by a graphene monolayer consisting of a single layer of carbon atoms. Moreover along with his students, he has shown that this reinforcement can be modelled using conventional continuum mechanics.
Prof. Young has also compared the behaviour of monolayer graphene with two-, three- and many-layer graphene and developed a protocol to optimise the level of reinforcement by these different forms of graphene. These findings will have profound implications for our understanding of the design of graphene nanocomposites for high-performance applications such as in light-weight structures for transport and aerospace.