Clive Ponton is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Metallurgy and Materials, and the School’s Head of Quality Assurance, Third Year Undergraduate Tutor, and UG Research Project Coordinator.
He has published over 150 research papers in the field of metallurgy and materials science, and is a co-inventor on 6 patents (2 with Rolls-Royce plc), and has given conference presentations nationally and internationally (including invited talks) in Europe, USA and Japan.
His research at the University of Birmingham has been/is supported by various industrial companies (for fully funded confidential company research, or partial funding in support of EPSRC/TSB/EU research programmes etc.) such as Rolls-Royce, Morgan Materials, Sandvik; Government funding agencies such as the Civil Aircraft Research and Technology Demonstration (CARAD) programme, DTI (now TSB), EPSRC; other funding bodies such as the Royal Society, EICF, etc.
Clive is enthusiastic about teaching materials science (ceramics, metals and polymers) to both undergraduate and graduate students.
Clive Ponton graduated with a BSc(Eng) and ARSM in Metallurgy and Materials from Imperial College London in 1983.
He went on to do postgraduate research on the Mechanical Properties of Glass-Ceramics in the System CaO-MgO-Al2O3-SiO2 and in 1987 was awarded a PhD and DIC from Imperial College/University of London, as well as the 1987 Matthey Prize by the Department of Materials (Imperial College London) for the best PhD thesis. In 1987, he was also directly elected as a Member of the Institute of Ceramics (MICeram) [Institute of Ceramics now subsumed into IMMM].
Clive carried out postdoctoral research as an EPSRC Research Fellow for from 1987 to 1989, working on the development of new bioactive apatite-containing glass-ceramics.
In 1989, he was appointed as a Lecturer in Ceramic Engineering in the School of Metallurgy and Materials at the University of Birmingham.
In 1990, Clive was awarded the Pfeil Medal and Prize (co-awardee, Prof. RD Rawlings) for published work of particular merit in the field of ceramics, and also conferred Professional Membership of IOMMM (MIMMM) and Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.
In 1996, he was promoted to Senior Lecturer in the School of Metallurgy and Materials at the University of Birmingham.
"Investigation into the wear behaviour of Tribaloy 400C during rotation as an unlubricated bearing at 600 °C" Wood, PD; Evans, HE; Ponton, CB. WEAR 269, [11-12], (2010), pp763-769.
"Oxidation of SiC powders for the preparation of SiC/mullite/alumina nanocomposites" He, JY and Ponton, CB. JOURNAL OF MATERIALS SCIENCE, 43, , (2008), pp4031-4041.
“Silica glass segregation in 3 wt% LiF-Doped hot-pressed Y2Si2O7” MacLaren, I; Schierholz, R; Trusty, PA; Ponton, CB. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CERAMIC SOCIETY, 90, (2007), pp 3307-3310.
“A study of Sm-substituted SrM magnets sintered using hydrothermally synthesised powders” Wang, JF; Ponton, CB; Harris, IR. JOURNAL OF MAGNETISM AND MAGNETIC MATERIALS, 298, , (2006), pp122-131.
“A study of Pr-substituted strontium hexaferrite by hydrothermal synthesis” Wang, JF; Ponton, CB; Harris, IR. JOURNAL OF ALLOYS AND COMPOUNDS, 403, [1-2], (2005), pp104-109.
“Control of the particle size and morphology of hydrothermally synthesised lead zirconate titanate powders” Su, B; Button, TW; Ponton, CB. JOURNAL OF MATERIALS SCIENCE, 39, , (2004), pp 6439-6447.
“A method of heat-treatment of near gamma-TiAl to enhance oxidation resistance by the formation of a Ti5Si3 layer” Gray, S; Jacobs, MH; Ponton, CB, et al. MATERIALS SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING A-STRUCTURAL MATERIALS PROPERTIES MICROSTRUCTURE AND PROCESSING, 384, [1-2], (2004), pp77-82.
“Processing of Al2O3/SiC nanocomposites - part 1: aqueous colloidal processing” Timms , LA ; Ponton, CB. JOURNAL OF THE EUROPEAN CERAMIC SOCIETY, 22, [9-10], (2002), pp1553-1567.
“Processing of Al2O3/SiC nanocomposites - part 2: green body formation and sintering” Timms , LA ; Ponton, CB; Strangwood, M. JOURNAL OF THE EUROPEAN CERAMIC SOCIETY, 22, [9-10], (2002), pp1569-1586.
“Hydrothermal processing and characterisation of doped lanthanum chromite for use in SOFCs. Ovenstone, J; Chan, KC; Ponton, CB. JOURNAL OF MATERIALS SCIENCE, 37, , (2002), pp3315-3322.
“Ultrafine SrM particles with high coercivity by chemical coprecipitation” Wang, JF; Ponton, CB; Harris, IR. JOURNAL OF MAGNETISM AND MAGNETIC MATERIALS, 242, , (2002), pp1464-1467
“Emulsion processing as a novel route to cordierite” Chan, KC; Ovenstone, J; Ponton, CB. JOURNAL OF MATERIALS SCIENCE, 37, , (2002), pp971-976.