Prof Mike Reece BSc, PhD, PGCE, MIMMM
|Position:||Professor of Functional Ceramics|
|Tel:||+44 (0)20 7882 8872|
|Location:||Mile End, Engineering, 336|
|Expertise:||Processing and electromechanical properties of functional materials, including ferroelectrics and thermoelectrics.|
|Research Keywords:||Field Assisted Processing, Spark Plasma Sintering, Magnetic Processing, Functional Materials, Ferroelectrics, Thermoelectrics, Ceramic Nanocomposites, Ultra-High Temperature Ceramics, Electromechanical Properties|
PhD on the microstructures of synthetic and natural ferrites. This was followed by postdoctoral research on the then new topic of fatigue crack growth in structural ceramics at room and high temperature. Worked at the National Physical Laboratory on problems associated with the mechanical and microstructural characterisation of structural and functional ceramics. Head of the Functional Ceramics Group at QMUL with >20 researchers. The Groups's current research is focused on the development of field (electric, magnetic and gravity) assisted processing to produce nanostructured, textured, hierarchical and non-equlilibrium functional ceramics, including ferroelectrics and thermoelectrics. This includes the recently established EPSRC supported MagMat facility for the synthesis and processing of materials in strong magnetic fields (15T). A longterm objective of his work is to commercialise materials prepared by field assisted processing 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, scalable processing routes for nanomaterials that can be commercialised. Recent highlights include the development of Flash-SPS and Contactless Flash Sintering processing routes. He is an Adjunct Professor at North Western Polytechnic University. Was awarded the Verulam medal (2010) and a Royal Society Industry Fellowship (2011-15). Co-Editor-in-Chief of Advances in applied ceramics. The current grant portfolio of the group is ~£4M (>£2M EPSRC).