Mike Adams is Professor of Product Engineering and Manufacturing. He joined the School of Chemical Engineering at University of Birmingham in 2004 and was previously a Senior Scientist with Unilever R&D. In that role he was responsible for the application of materials science and engineering to product development and processing. This included the understanding of the sensory properties of personal and home care products. He has developed this interest as the coordinator for three major FP7 funded projects: (a) Nano-engineered biomimetic tactile sensors (€2.9M – 01/12/06 – 01/5/10) that involved the development of a NEMS sensor for discriminative touch (b) Nano-resolved multi-scale investigations of human tactile sensations and tissue engineered nanobiosensors (€4.9M – 01/10/09 - 31/12/13) for which the aim is to develop a robotic finger with bio-MEMS sensors for discriminatory, affective and exploratory touch, and (c) a Marie Curie Initial Training Network: Virtual prototyping of tactile displays €4.9M 01/05/13-31/05/16 that will develop touch screens with haptic feedback. He also successfully applied for a grant (£1.6M) from the Regional Development Agency and ERDF for the refurbishment of laboratory space and the purchase of advanced materials characterisation equipment that will be made available to the proposed project as a University Facility.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institution of Chemical Engineers, the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Institute of Physics. In 1999, he was the recipient of the Donald Julius Groen Prize (IMechE) for outstanding achievements in interfacial engineering. He is a member of the editorial board for five journals He has published over 180 scientific papers and co-edited four books on Tribology in Particulate Technology, Theoretical and Computational Methods in Tribology, Solid-Solid Interactions and Dynamics of Complex Fluids. Invited and plenary lectures include Friction and adhesion of the human finger pad at the Leibniz Institute for New Materials, Germany (2012), Biotribology of human skin at The BioTribology Conference at Imperial College (2011), Micromechanical modelling of dense granular media at 6th International Granulation Workshop, Sheffield (2013), and Coulombic wall slip of concentrated soft-particle suspensions at the IOP meeting on Soft Tribology, Institute of Physics, London (2012).
His research interests include process engineering, tribology, materials science, adhesion science, diffusion, particle technology, solid-solid interactions (contact mechanics and liquid junctions), nanotechnology, sensory perception, rheology of complex fluids, colloid and interface science. He is a committed advocate of supradisciplinary research and innovation in products and processes, which involve national and international collaborations with academic institutions and industrial companies.