Richard Collins obtained a PhD in Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Oxford. He worked on the design and synthesis of organometallic catalysts as part of an industrial collaboration in the production of elastomers. Through this Richard has published review and journal articles, contributed towards a patent and presented his research globally at workshops and conferences. Prior to this Richard obtained a first-class MChem degree also from the University of Oxford. His master's project focussed on the synthesis of biodegradable polymers using abundant non-toxic metal catalysts.
Richard will work on IDTechEx's research into lightweight technologies. This will focus on composites, advanced porous materials, light alloys and metals and other lightweighting techniques.