Department of Mechanical Engineering

Professor Richard Trask

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Room: 4E 2.11A
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 386881

Professor Richard Trask

BEng (Hons), MSc, PhD


Professor Richard Trask is the Professor of Advanced Materials at the University of Bath. He is also an Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Early Career Fellow (Engineering Fellowships for Growth - June 2014 to May 2019). His research area is in the development of biologically inspired 3D and 4D multifunctional materials.

Professor Trask completed a first degree in Materials Science and Engineering before commencing employment as Research Scientist in the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (DERA) and ultimately secured the role of Technology Leader and Advisor for UK Ministry of Defence (MoD). He developed an interest in advanced composite materials for and undertook a PhD sponsored by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution at the Southampton University.

After completing his PhD he joined the Advanced Composite Centre for Innovation and Science (ACCIS) in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Bristol University from 2004 to 2016, when he moved to the University of Bath.

He is currently on the American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics' (AIAA's) Adaptive Structures Technical Committee, the Steering Committee for the International Conference of Self-Healing Materials, and a member of the Editorial Board of Smart Materials and Structures journal.


  • Development of biologically inspired multifunctional composite materials and structures possessing adaptive (shape and colour), damage tolerant and self-healing/remodelling potential.
  • Development of 3D and 4D "Morphogenesis Manufacturing” where the material is programmed to transform during additive manufacturing to produce the next generation of advanced metamaterials.
  • Applying biomimetic principles to ‘grow’ architectures within an advanced manufacturing domain to maximise performance.


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