IComp Director, Dr Terry McGrail has been awarded the 2017 Leslie Holliday Award Prize from the UK’s Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3). This prestigious award recognises those who have made a significant technological contribution relating to any type of composite material.
Terry can be considered as the primary person behind the development of second generation toughened epoxy systems for aerospace composites applications, namely the ‘977 family’ of thermoplastic modified high temperature epoxies, which have been used worldwide in the industry for the last 30 years.
After a degree and PhD in Chemistry obtained at University of Sheffield, Terry worked within the powerhouse Research and Development team of ICI at Wilton from the 1980s, concentrating on the development of commercial toughened thermosets. The team eventually became part of the Cytec/Fiberite activity, with major developments and commercialisation of new matrix resins occurring in the 1980s. During this time Terry and co-workers were frequent contributors at all major composites conferences and published a considerable number of high impact academic papers in peer reviewed journals.
In the 1990s Terry was appointed Visiting Professor at Universities of York and Sheffield, and later was associated closely with the group of Professor Frank Jones at University of Sheffield. This led to his appointment as Research Director at the AMRC in Sheffield, a post he held for 2 years before becoming Director and Technology Leader of IComp, the Irish Composites Centre.