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Glyndŵr University Professor receives University of Wales Research Chair

27 September 2010

Professor Richard Day of Glyndŵr University is the second recipient of a University of Wales Research Chair, it has been announced.

The sponsorship is part of the University of Wales’s aim of supporting the economic, social, cultural and intellectual well-being of Wales. It will support the building and enhancement of the research capacity of higher education in Wales, consistent with institutional mission and with the priority sectors identified by Welsh Assembly Government.

This is one of seven new Research Chairs being funded by the University, five of which will be based within institutions which form the ‘University of Wales Alliance’ which includes the University of Wales; Swansea Metropolitan University; University of Wales Institute Cardiff (UWIC); University of Wales Newport; Glyndŵr University and the University of Wales Trinity St David.

The Chairs will also act as focal points for work on pan-Alliance initiatives. This includes working with the University’s prestigious industry-based programme, the Prince of Wales Innovation Scholarships (POWIS).

Professor Richard Day is a graduate of both Bristol and London universities. He obtained his PhD in Physics from the latter before moving to the University of Manchester where he spent 23 years in the School of Materials progressing from post doc to reader in that time.

Professor Day has wide research interests and has worked on polymer processing as well as manufacture and characterization of polymer and ceramic matrix composites and polymer foams.

Recognising that a key industrial problem in all these materials is the rate at which materials and structures can be manufactured he’s dedicated most of his research to looking for ways in which to reduce the manufacturing time. These include the use of techniques which might be familiar in the kitchen: microwaves and the use of liquid heat transfer media (similar to deep fat frying).

Professor Day is interested not only in increasing the rate of production but also maintaining the quality of the materials and structures produced. 

He was also the first Director of the Northwest Composites Centre, an alliance which includes Manchester, Liverpool, Bolton, Lancaster and Glyndŵr Universities. He now works for Glyndŵr University as the University of Wales Professor of Composites Engineering.

Professor Day will be based at the Advanced Composite Training and Development Centre, a partnership between Airbus, Glyndwr University, Deeside College and the Welsh Assembly Government.
On receiving the University of Wales Research Chair, Professor Day said: “I am honoured to have been awarded this prestigious appointment following my recent move to Glyndŵr University.

"I look forward to working with partners in the University of Wales Alliance and in particular with Professor Kelvin Donne, the other University of Wales Research Professor, with whom I have complementary interests.

"As is fitting for the aims of both the University of Wales and Glyndŵr University, my research interests are industry focused. I look forward to working with a wide range of industries in Wales to develop and exploit composites to the benefit of the economy.”

Congratulating Professor Day, University of Wales Vice-Chancellor, Professor Marc Clement, said: “I am delighted to welcome Richard Day as the University of Wales Professor of Composites Engineering; his innovative approach will contribute greatly to the industry-centred research work of the University of Wales Alliance, which is focused on helping to boost the Welsh business economy.”

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