GEORGE JERONIMIDIS

1. Educational Qualifications

1951-1955 French Primary School, Rome, Italy
1955-1963 Lyçée Français “Chateaubriand”, Rome, Italy, Qualification: Baccalauréat in Mathématiques Elémentaires
1963-1969 Degree Course in Chemistry (Chemical Physics), Department of Chemistry, University of Rome, Degree Awarded: Dottore in Chimica (Class of Degree: First), Doctorate Thesis: Conformation of Amino-acid Residues at the end of Polypeptide Sequences in a Regular a-helical Conformation
2. Previous Academic Appointments

1970-1972 Scientific Officer, Laboratorio su Tecnologie dei Polimeri e Reologia, C.N.R., Arco Felice, Napoli, Italy.
1971-1972 Visiting Research Fellow, Department of Engineering, Reading University, Reading, UK.
1972-1977 Science Research Council (SRC) Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Engineering, Reading University, Reading, UK.
1977-1979 Leverhulme Foundation Research Fellow, Department of Engineering, Reading University, Reading, UK.
1979-1989 Lecturer, Department of Engineering, Reading University, Reading, UK.
1989-1995 Senior Lecturer, Department of Engineering, Reading University, Reading, UK.
1992-Present Director, Centre of Biomimetics, Reading University, Reading, UK.
1995-2010 Professor of Composite Materials Engineering (Personal Chair), Department of Engineering, Reading University.
2009-2016 Co-director, EmTech, AA School of Architecture, 36 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3ES
3. Current Academic Activities

2010-Present Professor (Emeritus), Composite Materials Engineering, School of Construction Management and Engineering, University of Reading, Reading, UK
2009-2016 Director of Studies, PhD Programme, AA School of Architecture, 36 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3ES
2005-2013 Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Max Planck Institute on Colloids and Interfaces, Golm, Germany.
2007-Present Visiting Professor, Dipartimento di Architettura ed Urbanistica, Politecnico di Bari, Italy.
2006-Present Visiting Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Zhengzhou University, China.
4. Research Interests and Activities

Professor Jeronimidis has a particular interest the design of composite fibrous structures in biology engineering and architecture to achieve high levels of functional integration. This has generated many collaborative research projects with partners in Europe and the USA, provided funding from various public and industrial sponsors. Professor Jeronimidis is author or co-author of more than 100 papers, conference proceedings and book contributions in the fields of biomechanics, biomimetics, wood science, composite mechanics, smart materials and structures and bio-inspired technologies for architecture (see publications list attached).

Financial support for the research activities has come from EPSRC, BBSRC, DTI, EU-framework programmes (FP5, FP6), Eureka, DERA, European Space Agency, MOD, US Office of Naval Research, USAF and various UK and overseas private companies.

Professor Jeronimidis has been invited to join the International Scientific Committee of six successive Plant Biomechanics conferences between 1994 and 2012, delivered Keynote Lectures on composite mechanics, wood mechanics, biomechanics, biomimetics and architecture at many international conferences and has an entry in Who is Who in Computational Science and Engineering.

Professor Jeronimidis was a member the Institute of Materials and has been a serving member of the Smart Materials and Structures committee from 1994 to 2010.   He has also served on the advisory board of Science and Engineering of Composite Materials and on the editorial board of Biomimetics.   He is currently on the Editorial Board of the new international journal Virtual and Physical Prototyping, Wood Science and Technology and Biomimetics & Bioinspiration.  He is also a regular referee for J. Materials Science, Fibre Science and Technology, Composites, J. Strain Analysis (I.Mech.E), Smart Materials and Structures and several other international journals as well as having often refereed Research Grant applications for EPSRC, BBSRC, DTI, the Australian and Canadian Science Research Council and the European Science Foundation.

In 2011 he was invited to lecture at the joint European Science Foundation and National Science Foundation (USA) workshop on “Nature-Inspired Science and Engineering for a Sustainable Future” in Istambul.  He also contributed to the preparation of the Science Policy Briefing document No 44:  Nature-inspired science and engineering for a sustainable future, ESF, June 2012, ISBN: 978-2-918428-73-2.  In 2012 he received an invitation from the French “Commissariat général au développement durable – Direction de la recherche et de l’innovation” to contribute a keynote lecture at a workshop in Paris IN December 2012 on the potential of biomimetic approaches for sustainable technologies.

In addition to the above research information, Professor Jeronimidis has given many Keynote and Invited Lectures on his research interests at various international conferences in Europe, the USA, Japan and New Zealand and also been involved in the Scientific and Organizing Committees of several International Conferences.

Current European and International research activities:

2009-Present    President of BIOKON International (from 2009), a European Network for the promotion of Biomimetics in relevant sectors (engineering, architecture, built environment, materials, sensors,…)

2005-Present Follow of the International Academy of Wood Science and Chairman of the Academy Board of the IAWS between 2010 and 2012).
2016-April Attended the EU-funded Robosoft Coordinated Action on Soft Robotics as Member of the Scientific Advisory Board
2016-May Elected as foreign member of the French Academy of Agriculture, Forestry and Forest Products section.
2016-September EU-Horizon 2020 nominated Monitor for the FET-Open project LiNaBioFluid research projects on the bio-inspired solutions for microflow
2016-September Invited to join the panel of Evaluators for PhD and Master Engineering Programmes Programmes at the Universitade Atlantica and the Universitade de Aveiro in Portugal
2016-October Invited to join the Euroepean Science Foundation College of Expert Reviewers 2016 Design Prize Member of the AA, EmTech design team of “The Twist” Pavillion exhibited at TimberExpo 2015 and awarded first prize in the Small Projects category at the Wood Awards 2016.

Currently serving on the Editorial Boards of the following international journals: Wood Science and Technology,
Bioinspiration and Biomimetics, Journal of Biomimetics in Engineering.

Invited Lectures

Victoria and Albert Museum:   Bio-inspiration from biological fibrous structures for functionality and performance- Symposium on Biomimicry and Design, London, 17 June 2016

CEEBIOS: Bio-inspired Innovation for Sustainability: Materials-Structures-Performance, Paris, February 2016

Prof. George Jeronimidis – Publications 2009-2016

Refereed Papers (Journals)

Johnson, E.A.C., Bonser, R.H.C. and Jeronimidis, G. (2009) Recent advances in biomimetic sensing technologies. Phil.Trans.Roy.Soc. A 367:1559-1569.
Santulli, C., Jeronimidis, G., De Rosa, I.M. and Sarasini, F. (2009) Mechanical and falling weight impact properties of unidirectional phormium fibre/epoxy laminates.  Express Polymer Letters 3(10): 650-656.
Coutand, C., Mathias, J-D., Jeronimidis G. and Destrebecq J-F. (2011) TWIG:  A model to simulate the gravitropic response of a tree axis in the frame of elasticity and viscoelasticity, at intra-annual timescale. J.Theoretical Biology, 273:115-129.
Hou, J.P., Bonser, R.H.C. and Jeronimidis, G. (2011) Design of a biomimetic skin for an octopus-inspired robot. Part I:Characterising octopus skin. J. Bionic Engineering, 8:288-296
Hou, J.P., Bonser, R.H.C. and Jeronimidis, G. (2011) Design of a biomimetic skin for an octopus-inspired robot. Part II:Development of the skin artefact. J. Bionic Engineering, 8:297-394
Hou, J.P. and Jeronimidis, G. (2012) A novel bogie design made of glass fibre reinforced plastic. Materials and Design, 37:1-7
Hou, J.P., Wright, E., Bonser, R.H.C. and Jeronimidis, G. (2012) Development of biomimetic squid-inspired Bionic Engineering, 9:484-493.
Hou, J.P., Bonser, R.H.C. and Jeronimidis, G. (2011) Design of a biomimetic skin for an octopus-inspired robot. Part I:Characterising octopus skin. J. Bionic Engineering, 8:288-296
Hou, J.P., Bonser, R.H.C. and Jeronimidis, G. (2011) Design of a biomimetic skin for an octopus-inspired robot. Part II:Development of the skin artefact. J. Bionic Engineering, 8:297-394
Hou, J.P. and Jeronimidis, G. (2012) A novel bogie design made of glass fibre reinforced plastic. Materials and Design, 37:1-7
Hou, J.P., Wright, E., Bonser, R.H.C. and Jeronimidis, G. (2012) Development of biomimetic squid-inspired suckers. J. Bionic Engineering, 9:484-493.
Greenberg, E. and Jeronimidis, G. (2013) Forest patterns as a model for urban morphologies- Variation and Distribution, pp 25-31. Architectural Design No 224-System City.  Michael Weinstock Guest-Editor
Eze, N., Mirón, A., Rogers, A.G., Jeronimidis, G., Fitzgerald O’Connor, A., Jiang, D. (in press) The effect of angulation of the vibrating Floating Mass Transducer on stapes velocity.  Otology and Neurotology.

Refereed Conference Proceedings

Alagirisamy, P.S., Jeronimidis, G. and Le Moal, V. (2009) An investigation of viscous-mediated coupling of crickets’ cercal hair sensors using a scaled up model.  In: Proceedings SPIE, 7401: A1-A10
Hunt, D. and Jeronimidis, G. (2010) Dimensional Changes of Wood Panels In Relation To Paintings. Proceedings of COST Action IE0601 Conference, Izmir, Turkey, 19-22 October, 2010
Hou,J., Bonser, R.H.C. and Jeronimidis, G. (2012) Developing sensorized arm skin for an octopus inspired robot.  Proceedings of the 2012 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA, May 14-18, 2012
Jeronimidis, G. (2013) Biomimétisme inspiré des plantes et des insectes : de la science des matériaux aux micro-senseurs. In Actes-Commissariat général au développement durable – Direction de la recherche et de l’innovation, pp. 8-9
Guilder, J. and Jeronimidis, G. (2016) A design analysis approach towards bio-inspired smart material applications for architecture. In Proceeding of the International Conference on Advanced Building Skins. Berne, Switzerland