Mickey Huson obtained an undergraduate degree in materials science from the University of Port Elizabeth in 1974. After a brief stint in the metals industry, he returned to Port Elizabeth, obtaining an M.S. degree in 1977 on photodegradation of PVC, followed by a Ph.D. degree on structure and properties of polymer composites in 1984. After graduation, Huson took up a postdoctoral position at Lancaster University in UK working on interpenetrating networks for contact lenses. After more than 10 years lecturing in polymer science in South Africa, he moved to Australia to take up a research position at CSIRO, Australia’s National Science Research Organization. Dr. Huson is currently a Senior Principle Research Scientist at CSIRO’s Division of Materials Science and Engineering. His research interests are the structure-property relations of polymers, especially biomaterials such as keratin, food proteins, insect silks, and the elastomeric protein resilin. He has a long history in thermal analysis of polymers and in the recent years has developed a strong interest in the use of Scanning Probe Microscopy, not only for acquiring images but also to examine the physical properties (hardness, friction, adhesion, and resilience) of a range of materials.
Biography Updated on 28 March 2011