Professor Ian Jones

Professor Ian Jones

School of Metallurgy and Materials
Professor of Physical Metallurgy

Contact details

(+44) (0) 121 414 5184
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School of Metallurgy and Materials
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Ian Jones is Professor of Physical Metallurgy. He is an electron microscopist. He has co-authored 200 papers and written two textbooks.


PhD in High Energy Electron Diffraction, Birmingham, 1972
MA, Cambridge, 1971


Ian Jones came to Birmingham in 1969. Birmingham was one of three universities to be awarded a high voltage (1MeV) electron microscope and Ian was one of the first students at Birmingham whose PhD research involved using the microscope. Electron microscopy has remained Ian's principal research interest through the whole of his professional life, which has been conducted at Birmingham, with regular spells as a visitor in the USA, Japan and China.



  • Reactor materials (Physics PTNR Master's and Nuclear Materials MEng)
  • Advanced electron microscopy (MRes, EngD)

Postgraduate supervision

Co-supervisor of

  • Mr DL Higgins Shocked copper and tantalum (with AWE)
  • Mr GJ Douglas Precipitation in Mg-Sn alloys
  • Miss SS Si Micromechanics of Mg alloys
  • Mrs TM Morris Precipitates in Mg-Sn alloys
  • Mr RB Ameen Micromechanics of Ti64
  • Mr U Ghori Deformation of pure Mg at low temperatures



  • Electron microscopy
  • Chemical microanalysis
  • Plastic defortmation
  • Tomography


  • Plastic deformation of Ti-6-4


  • R. Ding, J. Gong, A.J. Wilkinson and I.P. Jones (2014) <c+a>Dislocations in deformed Ti-6Al-4V micro-cantilevers. Acta Mat. 76: 127-134
  • Y. Lu, A.R. Bradshaw, Y.L. Chiu and I.P. Jones (2014) The role of precipitates in the bio-corrosion performance of Mg-3Zn in simulated body fluid. Journal of Alloys and Compounds 614: 345-352
  • Y. Lu, A.R. Bradshaw, Y.L. Chiu and I.P. Jones (2015) Effects of secondary phase and grain size on the corrosion of biodegradable Mg-Zn-Ca alloys. Mat. Sci. Eng. C 48: 480-486
  • Rengen Ding, Jicheng Gong, Angus J. Wilkinson and Ian P. Jones (2016) A study of dislocation transmission through a grain boundary in hcp Ti-6Al using micro-cantilevers. Acta Mat. 103: 416-423
  • Y. Lu, Y.L. Chiu and I.P. Jones (2016) Three-dimensional analysis of the microstructure and bio-corrosion of Mg-Zn and Mg-Zn-Ca alloys. Materials Characterisation 112: 113-121
  • I.P. Jones (2016) Diffraction and X-ray excitation. In ‘Transmission Electron Microscopy – Diffraction, Imaging and Spectrometry’ ed. C.B. Carter and D.B. Williams (Springer-Verlag, Berlin) 425-438
  • Bo Pang, I.P. Jones, Yu-Lung Chiu, J.C.F. Millett and Glenn Whiteman (2017) Electron channelling contrast imaging of dislocations in a conventional TEM. Phil. Mag. 97: 346-359


  • I.P. Jones (1992) Chemical Microanalysis Using Electron Beams. London: The Institute of Materials (London)
  • I.P. Jones (2000) Materials Science for Electrical and Electronic Engineers. Oxford: Oxford University Press


Advanced materials; electron microscopy