Meet the Team
An organisation’s greatest asset is its staff - competency, innovation, drive and motivation are key to an organisation's success. We strongly believe in continual professional development for all staff and are proud to have invested more than £500,000, in the last two years alone, to further training and qualifications and provide new facilities and equipment for existing staff while also expanding the expert team and supporting five apprentices, student placements and post-doctorate knowledge transfer partnerships to work alongside and join our team of leading experts.
We believe it is important that our clients can get to know and develop professional relationships with the individuals with whom they liaise for their professional testing and support requirements. This page allows our clients and visitors to learn about our key personnel and to ask direct questions.
Dr Nick Kirk
Nick has over 20 years’ experience in the glass sector - including six years in furnace design and construction. He has extensive experience and knowledge of glass production, products and applications including glass packaging, glazing, fibre insulation, continuous fibre and technical glasses.
In addition, Nick has comprehensive experience and knowledge of environmental issues including recycling, energy efficiency and environmental control. Nick provides support to his internal team as well as independent glass expertise. He also acts as a legal expert witness for clients.
He holds a PhD in materials engineering and a Bachelor of Engineering in materials design and materials engineering, is a chartered engineer (CEng), a chartered environmentalist (CEnv) and fellow of the Institute Materials, Minerals and Mining (FIMMM).
In his current role as Technical Director he has a team of 25 respected glass experts, technologists and technicians delivering high quality services to GTS’ international customers from the whole of the glass supply chain.
“Glass Technology Services is not a typical analysis and testing laboratory, as we provide a solution to address an issue, rather just an analysis and test report. If required, we are capable of undertaking our analysis and testing with interpretation of the results within a few hours depending on the service. This is vital for the rapid manufacturing sector that we service, as any down time or reduction in production efficiency can be very costly to our customers.”
Daniel is head of the analytical and glass technology departments at Glass Technology Services Ltd (GTS). He has fourteen years’ experience at GTS working on glass chemistry, durability and analysis and is a leading specialist in XRF, UV/VIS and SEM analysis, including bespoke method and programme development.
A recognised expert in glass chemistry, Daniel is also secretary of the International Commission on Glass (ICG) TC02 committee for durability and analysis of glass.
Martyn is responsible for delivering the technical focus in several major European / TSB projects working within the area of bio materials, including formulating specialist glasses for trabecular coatings, glass fibres in silicate free formulations for weaving into resorbable wound healing fabrics and new glasses for bio applications to promote cytoblastic and cytoclaustic reactions in-vivo.
Recently, Martyn has also started working looking at 3D printing for additive manufacture in the biomimetics field as well as new work to reformulate and improve glass used for the filtration of water sources.
Our strong sense of innovation also includes other project work on going into phosphate lasers for sensing, the use of glass to extend the life of oil fields and a new compact melting facilities that will revolutionise the way in which glass is manufactured.
But this does not mean I've lost my interest in the melting and refining of glass at GTS, where we work to design and develop glass for a myriad of uses.
This can be from straightforward glass raw materials selection through glass refining and glass colours to non-silicate systems. We're always improving the performance of glasses, from work which begins with a request to meet a client's needs, whether this is as simple as a specific density to glass designed for high temperature ion exchange kinetics or looking at the sulphate refining of glasses on an industrial scale.
Glass is a fantastic and fascinating material, something which even now continues to be ancient in nature but unlimited in its uses.
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