Professor Jon Binner CEng, FIMMM, FECerS, FACerS, FAmpere

Professor Jon Binner

School of Metallurgy and Materials
Professor of Ceramic Science and Engineering

Contact details

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School of Metallurgy and Materials
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

Professor Jon Binner is a Professor of Ceramic Science & Engineering in the School of Metallurgy and Materials, at the University of Birmingham. 

The focus of his research is 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.

He has published about 220 research papers, as well as editing or contributing to 19 books, given around 60 keynote, plenary and invited talks at international conferences and holds 7 patents. He has won 128 research grants totalling about £16.3M, many have been international in nature.

He is a Fellow of the American Ceramic Society (ACerS), the European Ceramic Society (ECerS), the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining (IOM3) and the Association for Microwave Power in Europe for Research and Education (Ampere). He was the President of the IOM3 from 2012-14 and is currently President-Elect of ECerS – he will be President from 2019 to 2021; right across the process of Brexit. The IOM3 awarded him the Holliday Prize in 1995, the Ivor Jenkins Medal in 2007 and the Verulam Medal & Prize in 2011. He won an MBDA Innovation Award in 2016.

Qualifications

  • PhD in Ceramic Science & Engineering, 1984
  • BSc Honours in Ceramic Science & Engineering ,1981
  • Chartered Engineer
  • Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3)
  • Fellow of the European Ceramic Society (ECerS)
  • Fellow of the American Ceramic Society (ACerS)
  • Fellow of the Association for Microwave Power in Europe for Research and Education (AMPERE)
  • Invited Member of the EU Academy of Sciences

Teaching

As Deputy Head of College, Jon does not currently have any teaching commitments though he helps out whenever additional support is needed in his School.

Other activities

Recent (since 2013) and current activities include:

  • Honorary Professor, Kunming University, China, 1999 – present.
  • Visiting Professor, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, China, 2006 – present.

Editorial positions since 2013

  • Member of the Editorial Advisory Board, Advances in Applied Ceramics, Maney Publishing, London, UK, 2000 - present.
  • Member of the Editorial Board, Journal of Ceramic Science and Technology, Göller Verlag GmbH on behalf of the German Ceramic Society, Germany, 2014 – present.
  • An Associate Editor of Applied Ceramic Technology, published by the American Ceramic Society, 2016 – present.
  • Was an Editor of Cogent Engineering, published by Taylor & Francis, 2016 – 2017.


Media presentations since 2013

BBC One, Cubic boron nitride, The One Show, BBC 1, June 2013.

Research grants won since 2013

  • EPSRC £358,390 (with B Vaidhyanathan, Loughborough University, PI) Nanomaterials and structures for superior implants, Nanoplants (2014-17).
  • EU Horizon 2020 €680,556 (with D Sciti, CNR-ISTEC, Italy, PI) Next generation ceramic composites for combustion harsh environments and space (2016-20). Total budget €8,033,035; 12 partners involved.
  • AFRL $130,470 High temperature composites using microwave enhanced chemical vapour infiltration (2016-2019).
  • MBDA £75,000 Processing ceramics and composites (2016-2018).
  • EPSRC £423,150 (with J Irvine, Univ. of St Andrews, PI, and 7 other investigators from the Universities of St Andrews, Bath and Edinburgh) Multiscale tuning of interfaces and surfaces for energy applications (2016-2020). Total budget £2,075,702.
  • EU Horizon 2020 €195,455 Effect of rare-earth doping elements on the mechanical and oxidation resistance performance of SiC coated C fibre / ZrC composites for high temperature applications (2018-2020).
  • ATI £269,042 Excite: Ox Ox CMCs (2018-2020). Total programme budget £9,344,041.


Invited, Plenary and Keynote talks since 2013

  • Invited lecture 37th International Conference and Exposition on Advanced Ceramics and Composites, Daytona Beach, USA. January 2013.
  • Invited lecture ibid.
  • Keynote 13th International Conference of the European Ceramic Society, Limoges, France, June 2013.
  • Invited lecture ‘Processing and Properties of UHTC Composites’, Binner JGP. 13th International Ceramics Congress, Montecatini Terme, Tuscany, Italy, June 2014.
  • Keynote lecture 11th Conference on Solid State Chemistry, Trenčianske Teplice, Slovakia, July 2014.
  • Invited lecture 5th International Congress on Ceramics, Beijing, China, August 2014.
  • Plenary lecture PSA 2014 Conference and Exhibition, Manchester, UK, September 2014.
  • Plenary lecture ‘Ultra-High Temperature Ceramics: Processing, Properties and Applications’, Binner J, 90th DKG Annual Conference, Bayreuth, Germany, March 2015.
  • Keynote lecture ‘Ultra-High Temperature Composites’, Binner J, Ultra-High Temperature Ceramics: Materials for Extreme Environment Applications III, Gold Coast, Australia, April 2015.
  • Keynote lecture 'Ultra-High Temperature Composites: Processing, Performance and Future', Binner J, Anish Paul, Prabhu Ramanujam, Virtudes Rubio, Bala Vaidhyanathan, Saranya Venugopal, Penxiang Zheng, Ji Zou, 14th International Conference of the European Ceramic Society, Toledo, Spain, June 2015.
  • Invited lecture ‘Ultra-High Temperature Ceramics: Processing, Properties and Applications’, Binner J, UK-USA Dynamic Materials Symposium, Defence Academy, Shrivenham, UK, September / October 2015.
  • Invited lecture ‘SiCf-SiC composites for energy applications’, Binner J and D’Angio A, MatiSSE Workshop, Joint Research Centre – Institute for Energy and Transport, Petten, the Netherlands, November 2015.
  • Invited lecture ‘Creating Ultra-High Temperature Ceramic Matrix Composites’ Binner J, 40th International Conference & Exposition on Advanced Ceramics & Composites (ICACC), Daytona Beach, Florida, USA, January 2016.
  • Invited lecture ‘Progress in Manufacturing High and Ultra-High Temperature Ceramic Matrix Composites’, 15th European Ceramics Society conference, Budapest, July 2017.
  • Invited lecture ‘Ultra High Temperature Ceramic Matrix Composites Based On Carbon Fibres’, 15th European Ceramics Society conference, Budapest, July 2017.
  • Plenary lecture ‘Designing Advanced Ceramics and Composites’, Binner J, CerModel 2017, Trento, Italy, July 2017.
  • Invited paper ‘Processing and properties of ultra-high temperature ceramic matrix composites’, CICC-10, Int. Conf. on High-Performance Ceramics, Nanchang, China, Nov 2017.
  • Invited paper ‘Designing the processing of advanced ceramics and composites to yield the required properties’, in “Advancing Frontiers of Ceramics for Sustainable Societal Development - International Symposium in Honor of Dr. Mrityunjay Singh” – being held during the 42nd International Conference on Advanced Ceramics & Composites (ICACC 2018), Daytona Beach, Florida, January 2018.
  • Invited paper ‘Ultra-high temperature ceramic composite materials’, 42nd International Conference on Advanced Ceramics & Composites (ICACC 2018), Daytona Beach, Florida, January 2018.
  • Invited paper ‘Boron carbide armour research’, Ceramic, Composite and Optical Materials Center (CCOMC), Armor Ceramic Subgroup Program, held during the 42nd International Conference on Advanced Ceramics & Composites (ICACC 2018), Daytona Beach, Florida, January 2018.
  • Keynote paper ‘Developing high and ultra-high temperature ceramic matrix composites’, 6th International Conference & Exhibition on Materials Science & Chemistry, Rome, May 2018.
  • Invited paper ‘High and ultra-high temperature ceramic matrix composites’, International Congress on Ceramics, ICC7, Iguassu Falls, Brazil, June 2018.

Conference organisation since 2013

  • Member of the International Advisory Committee, 13th European Ceramics Society, Limoges, France, June 2013.
  • Member of the International Organising Committee, Ceramic Processing Science 12, Portland, Oregon, USA, August, 2013.
  • Member of the International Advisor Board, 13th International Ceramics Congress, Montecatini Terme, Italy, June 2014.
  • Member of the International Advisory Board, German Ceramic Society (DKG) Annual Meeting, Bayreuth, Germany, March 2015.
  • Member of the Scientific Committee, Ultra High Temperature Ceramics: Materials For Extreme Environment Applications III, Gold Coast, Australia, April 2015.
  • Chair, Theme 1 – Innovative processing and synthesis, 14th European Ceramics Society, Toledo, Spain, June 2015.
  • Member of the Technical Programme Committee, 2015 International Conference on Ceramic Science and Technology (CST 2015), Shanghai, China, July 2015.
  • Symposium Organiser, Symposium 12 - Materials for Extreme Environments: Ultra-High Temperature Ceramics (UHTCs) and Nano-Laminated Ternary Carbides and Nitrides (MAX Phases), 40th International Conference and Expo on Advanced Ceramics and Composites (ICACC’16) Daytona Beach, Florida USA, January 2016.
  • Member International Organization Committee, International Conference on Ceramic Processing Science (ICCPS-13), Nara, Japan, May 2016.
  • Member of the Organisation Committee, Materials for extreme environments: Ultrahigh-temperature ceramics and nano-laminated ternary carbides and nitrides (MAX phases) at the 9th International Conference on High Temperature Ceramic Matrix Composites and Global Forum on Advanced Materials and Technologies for Sustainable Development, Toronto, Canada, June 2016.
  • Session organiser, High Temperature Processes and Advanced Sintering, 15th European Ceramics Society conference, Budapest, July 2017.
  • Member Technical Programme Committee, 3rd Int'l Conference on Ceramic Science and Technology (CST 2017), Jeju Island, South Korea, July 2017.
  • Conference Chair, Ultra High Temperature Ceramics: Materials For Extreme Environment Applications IV, Windsor, UK, September 2017.
  • Symposium organiser, Advanced MAX/mxene phases and UHTC materials for extreme and high temperature environments, 42nd International Conference And Exposition On Advanced Ceramics And Composites, ICACC2018, Daytona Beach, Florida, USA, January 2018.
  • Symposium co-organiser, Symposium N – High and Ultra High Temperature Ceramics, International Congress on Ceramics, ICC7, Iguassu Falls, Brazil, June 2018.
  • Symposium co-organiser, Integration Technologies for Energy and Environmental Applications, 12th International Conference on Ceramic Materials and Components for Energy and Environmental Applications (CMCEE-12), Singapore, July 2018.
  • Member of the International Advisory Committee (IAC) of the 11th Int. Conf. on High Performance Ceramics, CICC-11, Kunming, China, May 2019.
  • Chair, Symposium 2: High Temperature Processes and Advanced Sintering, 16th European Ceramics Society conference, Turin, June 2019.
  • Chair, Symposium 7: Ultra-high temperature ceramics (UHTCs) and nano-laminated ternary carbides and nitrides (MAX phases), High Temperature Ceramic Matrix Composites, HT-CMCs 10, Bordeaux, France, September 2019.

 Membership of international bodies since 2013

  • UK representative of the International Ceramics Federation, 2011 – present.
  • Member of the Industry and Technical Policy Board, IOM3, 2012 – present.
  • Chair of the UK Ceramic Society, 2012 – 2016.
  • President of the IOM3, 2013 – 2014.
  • Past-President of the IOM3, 2015 – 2016.
  • R&D Work Programme Lead, European Ceramic Society Council, 2015 – present.
  • Member of the EPSRC Engineering Strategic Advisory Team, 2015 – present. Chair from June 2018.
  • Member of the Corporation Board, National College of High Speed Rail, NCHSR, 2015 - present.
  • Chair of the Built Environment Sub-Committee and Member of the Curriculum Sub-Committee (2016-2017) and Member of the Audit Committee (2017-present), NCHSR.
  • Member of the Robert L. Coble Award for Young Scholars Award Committee, ACerS, M – present.
  • President-Elect, European Ceramic Society, 2017-2019.

Publications

Recent publications

Article

Baker, B, Rubio Diaz, V, Ramanujam, P, Binner, J, Hussain, A, Ackerman, T, Brown, P & Dautremont, I 2019, 'Development of a slurry injection technique for continuous fibre ultra-high temperature ceramic matrix composites', Journal of the European Ceramic Society, vol. 39, no. 14, pp. 3927-3937. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jeurceramsoc.2019.05.070

Binner, J, Porter, M, Baker, B, Zou, J, Venkatachalam, V, Rubio Diaz, V, D'Angio', A, Ramanujam, P, Zhang, T & Tammana, SRCM 2019, 'Selection, processing, properties and applications of ultra-high temperature ceramic matrix composites, UHTCMCs – a review', International Materials Reviews. https://doi.org/10.1080/09506608.2019.1652006

Silvestroni, L, Vinci, A, Failla, S, Zoli, L, Rubio Diaz, V, Binner, J & Sciti, D 2019, 'Ablation behaviour of ultra-high temperature ceramic matrix composites: role of MeSi⁠2 addition', Journal of the European Ceramic Society, vol. 39, no. 9, pp. 2771-2781. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jeurceramsoc.2019.03.031

Silvestroni, L, Melandri, C, Venkatachalam, V, Binner, J & Sciti, D 2019, 'Merging toughness and oxidation resistance in a light ZrB2 composite', Materials and Design, vol. 183, 108078, pp. 1-12. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.matdes.2019.108078

Sun, J, Binner, J & Bai, J 2019, 'Effect of surface treatment on the dispersion of nano zirconia particles in non-aqueous suspensions for stereolithography', Journal of the European Ceramic Society, vol. 39, no. 4, pp. 1660-1667. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jeurceramsoc.2018.10.024

Rubio, V, Binner, J, Cousinet, S, Le Page, G, Ackerman, T, Hussain, A, Brown, P & Dautremont, I 2019, 'Materials characterisation and mechanical properties of Cf-UHTC powder composites', Journal of the European Ceramic Society, vol. 39, no. 4, pp. 813-824. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jeurceramsoc.2018.12.043

Rubio, V, Ramanujam, P & Binner, J 2018, 'Ultra-high temperature ceramic composite', Advances in Applied Ceramics, vol. 117, no. sup1, pp. s56-s61. https://doi.org/10.1080/17436753.2018.1475140

Zou, J, Grasso, S, Liu, L-F, Ma, H-B, Reece, M & Binner, J 2018, 'Flash spark plasma sintering of HfB2 ceramics without pre-sintering', Scripta Materialia, vol. 156, pp. 115-119. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scriptamat.2018.07.026

Ramanujam, P, Vaidhyanathan, B, Binner, J, Ghanizadeh, S, Zhou, Z & Spacie, C 2018, 'Rapid synthesis of nanocrystalline YAG via microwave-assisted solvothermal process', Journal of the American Ceramic Society, vol. 101, no. 11, pp. 4864-4869. https://doi.org/10.1111/jace.15815

Biesuz, M, Pinter, L, Saunders, T, Reece, M, Binner, J, Sglavo, VM & Grasso, S 2018, 'Investigation of electrochemical, optical and thermal effects during flash sintering of 8YSZ', Materials, vol. 11, no. 7, 1214. https://doi.org/10.3390/ma11071214

Pinter, L, Biesuz, M, Sglavo, VM, Saunders, T, Binner, J, Reece, M & Grasso, S 2018, 'DC-electro softening in soda lime silicate glass: an electro-thermal analysis', Scripta Materialia, vol. 151, pp. 14-18. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scriptamat.2018.03.028

Goulas, A, Binner, JGP, Engstrøm, DS, Harris, RA & Friel, RJ 2018, 'Mechanical behaviour of additively manufactured lunar regolith simulant components', Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part L: Journal of Materials: Design and Applications. https://doi.org/10.1177/1464420718777932

Ghanizadeh, S, Ramanujam, P, Vaidhyanathan, B & Binner, J 2017, 'Spray freeze granulation of sub-micrometer α-alumina using ultrasonication', Journal of Ceramic Science and Technology, vol. 7, no. 4, pp. 455-462. https://doi.org/10.4416/JCST2016-00078

D'Angio', A, Zou, J, Binner, J, Ma, H-B, Hilmas, GE & Fahrenholtz, WG 2017, 'Mechanical properties and grain orientation evolution of zirconium diboride-zirconium carbide ceramics' Journal of the European Ceramic Society. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jeurceramsoc.2017.09.013

Zou, J, Rubio Diaz, V & Binner, JGP 2017, 'Thermoablative resistance of ZrB 2 -SiC-WC ceramics at 2400 °C', Acta Materialia, vol. 133, pp. 293-302. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.actamat.2017.05.033

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