BiographyProf Ben Whiteside, CEng, completed a PhD in 2001 studying ‘Simulation and validation of glass fibre orientation in automotive injection mouldings’ at the University of Bradford. Since then he has actively researched the field of micro-injection moulding (micromoulding), beginning with working at post doctoral level on an EPSRC funded research programme. Over the last decade, he has built the area considerably by attracting further grant funding and industrial contracts worth in excess of £5m.
He is now Director of the Centre for Polymer Micro and Nano Technology (the Polymer MNT centre) based at the University of Bradford which was officially opened in 2009 and has quickly established a reputation as a key research facility in Europe for micro and nano moulding activities. The Polymer MNT Centre provides a focus for industry-facing aspects of research activities and a route for industrial engagement for proof of concept work, contract R&D and small scale manufacture. Key Academic research areas investigate many aspects of the process including material modification and characterisation, micro and nano scale surface structuring, process measurement, high speed imaging systems, precision part handling systems, tribology and product property assessment.