Dr. Jon Binner
University of Birmingham, UK

Invited talk
Ultra-high temperature ceramic composites,
what do they offer?

Professor Jon Binner is theDeputy Head of the Engineering & Physical Sciences College, and Professor of Ceramic Science & Engineering in the School of Metallurgy and Materials, at the University of Birmingham. He took up both of these posts on the 1st January 2014.

He obtained his Bachelors and PhD, both in Ceramic Science & Engineering, from Leeds University in 1981 and 1984 respectively. Since graduating, he has held a series of Faculty positions at the Universities of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), Leeds, Nottingham,Brunel and before his current position he was the Dean of the School of Aeronautical, Automotive, Chemical and Materials Engineering at Loughborough University. He is a Visiting Professor at both Beijing University of Chemical Technology and Kunming University in China.

Jon has published about 210 research papers, as well as editing or contributing to 19 books, given around60 keynote, plenary and invited talks at international conferences and holds 7 patents. He has won127 research grants totalling about 16.1M, many have been international in nature.He is a Fellow of the American Ceramic Society, the European Ceramic Society and the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining (IOM3); he was the President of the latter from 2012-14. The IOM3 awarded him the Holliday Prize in 1995, the Ivor Jenkins Medal in 2007 and the Verulam Medal & Prize in 2011.

The focus of his research is the generation of both the necessary scientific understanding and the required engineering solutions for the development of processing routes for ceramic materials that display technical and/or financial advantages over existing processes and which yield new or improved materials. Major focuses for his recent work include ultra-high temperature ceramic composites, for which he currently holds a 4.3M research grant from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council in the UK,nanostructured ceramics, ceramic armour and porous ceramics, the latter being commercialised by industry in the 1990s. Much of his research is associated with the defence industry and ranges from developing superior armour materials through to ceramic composites that can withstand temperatures up to nearly 3000oC for the leading edges and other components on vehicles for hypervelocity flight. He is about to start a project on understanding the interfaces better in ceramic composites to be used as energy materials.

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