George Jeronimidis has been teaching in the Emergent Technologies and Design programmere since its beginning. He is the Director of the Centre for Biomimetics in the School of Construction Management and Engineering. The Centre has an international reputation in the field of biomimetics, having pioneered this discipline in the UK and abroad since the 90′s. His PhD in Physical Chemistry (University of Rome in 1970) and his current research interests cover biomimetics, plant and animal biomechanics, smart materials and structures and mechanics of composites. Recent and current projects include: bio-inspired smart variable stiffness devices for vibration control (EPSRC ROPA and EPSRC Smart Materials and Structures Programme), development of smart textiles (MOD/DCTA), impact-resistant composites based on wood structure (DEFRA), variable stiffness composites (DEFRA), smart multifunctional skins based on insect cuticle (ONR/USA), BIONIS Network for Industrial Sustainability (EPSRC/STI), biomimetics of insect air-flow sensors for MEMS applications (EU Future and Emerging Technologies Programme/Life Perception Systems) and, very recently, a feasibility study with the European Space Agency on biomimetics and electro-active polymer gels.
Professor Jeronimidis is an active member of the Smart Materials and Structures Committee of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IoM3). In 1986 he received the “Leslie Holliday Prize” of the Materials Science Committee of the Institute of Materials for his work in composites and in 1996 the “Donald Julius Groen Prize” of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. He has published extensively in these fields with articles in scientific journals, book and conference contributions, including Keynote lectures. He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Max Planck Institute for Colloid and Interface Research in Golm, Germany and on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Virtual and Physical Prototyping.