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.