Advanced Engineering, Particle Detector Technologies, Irradiation Studies, Tracking Detector Development, Robotics for Radioactive Environments, Embedded Monitoring Sensors
Dr Richard French is a Senior Research Fellow at The University of Sheffield. He leads the Enabling Sciences for Intelligent Manufacturing (ESIM) group in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, and is Director of Research at Sheffield Robotics.
He holds a PhD. in Applied Physics from The University of Sheffield with a strong background in mechanical engineering, nuclear physics and microelectronics which provides his interdisciplinary research direction for the development of advanced robotic and automated systems for flexible manufacturing and decommissioning hazardous environments.
With over 21 years of hands on experience drawn from research projects based in partnership with the Aerospace & Nuclear industries and wider scientific research (CERN). He provides research leadership & direction for a large research agency portfolio of collaborative industrial research jointly funded with UK SMEs to major OEM companies.
From 2004, Richard has been a member of the ATLAS collaboration based at CERN, the Central European Organisation for Nuclear Research, developing novel technologies for the construction of large scale semiconductor particle physics tracking detectors, and playing leading roles in detector R&D and construction.
Richard has held multiple EPSRC, STFC, Innovate-UK Collaborative Research and Development grants as PI to give a combined research income to Sheffield at 80%FEC of> £8.5 M since 2011. He has over 19,500 citations and an H-index of 27 on Google Scholar.
Research interests include:
Research Novelty from 2011:
Developing advanced manufacturing technologies for ultra-thin super alloy material joining in aerospace re-manufacturing with UK partners. Significant economic benefits achieved from re-use and repair of previously unrepairable materials found in gas turbines and engines using our jointly developed technology.
Novel real-time monitoring and evaluation equipment developed by own research has now started to make serious impact within aerospace and the nuclear industries. Coupled with radiation hard robotics systems developed for CERN and UK industry has products nearing market readiness targeted towards nuclear decommissioning.
Current projects include:
Past projects include:
Publications: Richards’ publications can be viewed on Google Scholar