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Richard Leach

Professor in Metrology, Faculty of Engineering

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Biography

Richard is a Professor of Metrology at the University of Nottingham and prior to this was at the National Physical Laboratory (1990 to 2014). In 2014 he secured an EPSRC Manufacturing Fellowship to support his research. His research themes include the measurement of surface topography, development of methods for measuring 3D structures for precision and additive manufacturing, development of methods for controlling large surfaces to high resolution in industrial applications and x-ray computed tomography. He has particular interests in developing optical techniques. Richard obtained a BSc in Applied Physics from Kingston University in 1989, an MSc in Industrial Measurement Systems from Brunel University in 1994, a PhD in Surface Metrology from University of Warwick in 2000 and a DSc from Warwick in 2014. Richard is on the Council of the European Society of Precision Engineering and Nanotechnology, the Board of Directors of the American Society of Precision Engineering, the EPSRC Peer Review College, the International Committee on Measurements and Instrumentation and several international standards committees. He is the European Editor-in-Chief for Precision Engineering and the founder of the new Institute of Physics journal: Surface Topography: Metrology & Properties. He has over 240 publications including three textbooks. Richard is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, the Institution of Engineering & Technology, the International Society of Nanomanufacturing, a Sustained Member of the American Society of Precision Engineering, a Chartered Engineer and a Chartered Physicist. Richard is a visiting professor at Loughborough University and the Harbin Institute of Technology.

Expertise Summary

My current interests are the dimensional measurement of precision and additive manufactured structures. My research themes include the measurement of surface topography, establishing surface-function relationships, development of methods for measuring 3D micro-structures, development of methods for controlling large surfaces to high resolution in industrial applications and x-ray computed tomography. I have particular interests in developing optical techniques.

Teaching Summary

MM1DM1 Metrology

Research Summary

Metrology for precision and additive manufacturing - EPSRC Manufacturing Fellowship (2015-2020).

Dimensional micro and nanometrology using areal topography data produced by 3D surface metrology instruments (METROSURF) - FP7 Intra-European Fellowship (2015-2017).

Metrology for highly-parallel manufacturing (MetHPM) - EMPIR (2015-2018).

Process fingerprint for zero-defect net-shape micromanufacturing (MICROMAN) - H2020 (2015 - 2019)

Reference algorithms and metrology on aspherical and freeform optical leness (FreeFORM) - EMPIR (2016-2019)

Precision Additive Metal Manufacturing (PAM^2) - H2020 (2016 - 2020)

Micro/nano Robotics for Single Cancer Cells (MNR4SCell) - H2020 (2017 - 2021)

Development of next-generation micro-CMM probes - PhD student with Warwick and NPL (2013 - 2017)

Verification of x-ray computed tomography for additive manufacturing - PhD student (2014-2018).

Application of standard calibration and verification techniques to focus variation microscopy - PhD student (2015 - 2019).

Development of an all-optical difference engine for high dynamic range surface metrology - PhD student (2015 - 2018).

Surface topography analysis software validation - EngD student with NPL and Digital Surf (2015 - 2019).

Camera-based optical metrology for micro-geometry - PhD student (2015-2019)

Optical form measurement for additive manufacturing - PhD student (2015-2019)

Surface texture measurement for additive manufacturing - PhD student with MTC (2015-2019)

Advanced x-ray computed tomography for additive manufacturing - PhD student with Nikon (2015-2019)

Polished stone value/Wehner Schulze and their relationship to skid resistance - PhD student with Jean Lefebvre (2015-2019)

Real-time metrology of micro-targets for high power laser systems operating at high repetition rates - PhD student with Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (2015-2019)

Integrated micro-manufacturing metrology - PhD student with Alicona (2016-2019)

Design for metrology in additive manufacturing - PhD student with NPL (2015-2019

Calibration and verification of coherence scanning interferometry - PhD student (2016 - 2020)

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