Jon Binner is Professor of Ceramic Science & Engineering in the School of Metallurgy and Materials and Deputy Head of the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences. He took up both of these posts January 2014. Professor Binner is also President of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining
Jon 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, until recently, 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’s research focuses on 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 nanostructured materials, for which the technology has recently been licensed by industry, ultra high temperature ceramics, for which he has recently won a £4.3M research grant from EPSRC, and porous ceramics, which were 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 has won ~120 research grants totalling over £15.3M, many have been international in nature. He is a Fellow of the American Ceramic Society, the European Ceramic Society, the Institutes of Nanotechnology and of Materials, Minerals & Mining (IOM3) and is the President of the latter from January 2013 to December 2014. The IOM3 awarded him the Holliday Prize in 1995, the Ivor Jenkins Medal in 2007 and the Verulam Medal and Prize in 2011.
Jon has published about 200 research papers, as well as editing or contributing to 19 books, given over 40 keynote, plenary and invited talks at international conferences and holds 7 patents with another submitted.