Prior to the start of his PhD, Rikeen completed his MEng Mechanical Engineering degree in 2018 at Imperial College London. His PhD is part of a jointly funded venture between the EPSRC and L’OREAL Research & Innovation.
His area of research involves numerically modelling skin-surface interaction in order to better understand the sensations of touch and perception. This involves developing finite element models and utilising data science methods to evaluate the stress, strain and energy fields within multi-layered hyper/viscoelastic soft tissue in the vicinity of mechanoreceptors.
A better understanding of the processes of tactile perception and mechanotransduction have applications in a variety of fields, from the development of new skincare products, to the tailoring of product/surface engineering methods.
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