Ian is the Enterprise, Partnerships and Innovation lead for the Faculty of Science and Engineering. He supports the innovation ecosystem across the faculty and leads the development of strategic partnerships across public and private sectors, ensuring that the facilities, skills and expertise across the faculty are utilised in their most impactful ways.
Ian’s research has mostly focussed on rapid heating or curing of industrial coatings and energy materials such as photovoltaics and energy storage, along with colleagues at the SPECIFIC Innovation and Knowledge Centre, a Queen’s Anniversary Prize recipient. He also has research interests in water, sanitation and hygiene. More recently his interests have evolved into transdisciplinary research and systems approaches to unpick global challenges including climate change.
Ian has managed major projects at the University including centres of doctoral training, the reintroduction of a chemistry department and the formation of the SUNRISE network, a global challenges research fund project creating energy positive buildings with partners across India and the Global South. SUNRISE has won many awards including the Times Higher Education Award for ‘International Collaboration of the Year’ in 2020.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC), holding CChem and CSci registrations and has been appointed as a member of the RSC’s professional standards board. Recently he chaired a full review of the CChem award. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (FIMMM), where he holds CEng status, sits on the membership committee and assesses CEng applications. Ian is dedicated to outreach and public engagement and is a trustee of the Engineering Education Scheme Wales / STEM Cymru. Ian is committed to innovation in teaching practice and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). He is also a founding fellow of the Morgan Advanced Studies Institute (MASI) and is a member of HEFCWs Research Wales Committee.