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Prof Michael Reece


Research Overview

Field Assisted Processing, Spark Plasma Sintering, Magnetic Processing, Functional Materials, Ferroelectrics, Thermoelectrics, Ceramic Nanocomposites, Ultra-High Temperature Ceramics, Electromechanical Properties


Prof Reece’s research has focused on ferroelectric / ferroelastic / piezoelectric materials. A major theme in this work has been the effect of ferroelectric / ferroelastic switching on their mechanical properties and degradation.  HIs past work has included the characterisation of the electromechanical properties of ferroelectric thin films using nanoindentation; development of new ferroelectric ceramics with super high Curie points (>1,000C) for application as high temperature piezoelectric sensors. He set up the first Spark Plasma Sintering (SPS) furnace in the UK. This is being used to develop new and novel structural and functional ceramics and composites. This includes materials with nanoscale microstructures, high texture and non-equilibrium phases, including ferroelectrics and thermoelectrics. A longterm objective of his work is to commercialise materials prepared by SPS through knowledge transfer and spin-outs. He is a Director of Nanoforce Technology Ltd, a spin-out company of QMUL. Nanoforce focuses on the development of new, scaleable processing routes for nanomaterials that can be commercialised. He founded the Ceramic Matrix Composite Forum while at NPL (1992-99). He was a member of the IoM3 Electronics Applications Divisional Board (2002-07). He was the founding chair for the IoM3 Functional Materials Committee (2008-2012). Editor of Advances in Applied Ceramics (2012-). Editorial Borad of Journal of Advanced Dielectrics. Royal Society Industry Fellow (2011-2015).