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  • BSc (Physics), University of Leeds (1983)
  • PhD (Ceramics), University of Leeds (1987)

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I graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Physics from the University of Leeds in 1984. My Doctoral studies were also at Leeds, in the Department of Ceramics, concerned with the Properties and Structure of Magnesia-Phosphate Cement. Subsequently, I was involved in post-doctoral research on electroceramics, working as a Research Assistant to Dr Tony Moulson.

I was appointed to the position of Lecturer in Materials Science (Ceramics) at the University of Manchester in 1989. At Manchester, I have taught a wide range of courses including atomic physics and bonding (year 1), processing and structure of ceramics (year 2), thermodynamics of phase equilibria (year 2), and functional materials (years 3 and 4). My administrative roles have included organisation of final year projects, Year 3 tutor, Quality Enhancement Officer for the School of Materials, and Examinations Officer for both undergraduate and taught postgraduate programmes. Presently, I have the role of Deputy Sponsor for the School of Materials to the Manchester Engineering Campus Development (MECD), which is a large-scale project to build a vibrant consolidated campus for the four Engineering Schools within the University of Manchester.

My research at Manchester is mainly focused on the structure, properties and applications of ferroelectric ceramics. I have studied the nonlinear dielectric and piezoelectric properties of such materials, using ‘in-situ’ x-ray and neutron diffraction methods to quantify the intrinsic (lattice strain) and extrinsic (domain switching) contributions to electric field-induced strain. The coupling between these two mechanisms via inter-granular residual stress has been identified as a key feature of their behaviour. Current research projects are concerned with lead-free piezoelectric ceramics, high temperature ferroelectrics, energy storage dielectrics and the use of powder aerosol deposition (AD) as a method for the manufacture of both protective and functional ceramic coatings.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Ceramics, University of Leeds

1 Oct 198330 Sept 1986

Award Date: 15 Dec 1987

Bachelor of Science, Physics, University of Leeds

1 Oct 198020 Jun 1983

Award Date: 7 Jul 1983

Areas of expertise

  • QC Physics
  • TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
  • TN Mining engineering. Metallurgy

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Advanced materials


  • Ferroelectrics, Piezoceramics, Synchrotron XRD, Lead free


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