Professor of Engineering Materials
Head of Materials and Sustainability
Professor Richard Dashwood joined the University of Warwick in July 2008 after 25 years at Imperial College. His expertise lies in the fields of physical and chemical metallurgy and his research is focussed on the development of new materials and processes for the automotive, aerospace and biomedical industries. Professor Dashwood collaborates extensively with industry and is widely consulted for his expertise in the processing of particulate, composite, and monolithic alloys. Professor Dashwood has supervised 29 PhD students and authored over 80 journal and conference papers. He was awarded the Matthey prize for his PhD thesis and has been a recipient of the rector’s award for excellence in teaching in 1995 and 2008. He is actively involved in the Institute of Materials and is currently secretary of the superplasticity committee and a member of the accreditation committee. In 2006 Professor Dashwood became an editor of the Journal of Materials Science.
He is currently leading the lightweight structures workstream for the £20m AWM/ERDF Low Carbon Vehicle Technology, which is developing multi material solutions for the body structure of future electric and hybrid vehicles. He is also involved in a TSB proposal (PLANET) manufacturing hybrid (polymer/metal) laminate structures, and the Premium Vehicle Lightweight Technologies Programme (AWM/ERDF/JLR). He was recently awarded EPSRC funding through the Low Carbon Vehicles Integrated Delivery programme to research smart automotive body panel technologies. For the last 10 years Professor Dashwood has built up a research group concerned with the development of processes to replace the expensive Kroll process for the production of titanium sponge. This work has been focussed on the FFC Cambridge process. His research team has successfully identified the reduction pathway for this process and has demonstrated the potential of this process for the production of titanium alloys. He is a leading expert in this field and has given a number of keynote and invited lectures on this subject. Currently he is working towards exploiting this process for the production of the shape memory alloy Nitanol (NiTi), titanium alloy foams for biomedical applications, and scale up of the process to manufacture Ti-6Al-4V. In the general area of titanium metallurgy Professor Dashwood has worked extensively on the solid state processing of titanium alloys paying particular attention to the influence of processing conditions on microstructural development. Recent work has focussed on beta titanium alloys including Ti-10-2-3 and Ti-5-5-5-3, the deformation behaviour of a new class of superelastic titanium alloy (GUM metal), processing of TiB reinforced titanium alloys, the synthesis and characterisation of titanium foams, and the non melt processing of titanium particulate.
Professor Richard Dashwood