Professor Tim Button

School of Metallurgy and Materials
Professor of Functional Materials and Devices

Contact details

(+44) (0) 121 414 5237
(+44) (0) 121 414 7468
School of Metallurgy and Materials
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT


PhD in Materials Science & Technology, Bradford, 1983
BTech in Materials Science & Technology, Bradford, 1978


Research Interests Include:

  • Microstructural and property development in functional ceramics
  • Fabrication and processing techniques for ceramic materials
  • Influence of processing on the properties and performance of functional materials
  • Application of high temperature superconductor materials
  • Fabrication of ceramic components to "net shape"
  • Novel piezoelectric sensor and actuator devices
  • High Frequency ultrasonic transducers
  • Co-processing of multi-phase ceramic systems and components

Current Sponsored Research Projects:

  • Ultrasonic arrays for ultrahigh resolution real time biomedical imaging (EPSRC)
  • Novel Dielectric Resonator Structures and Metamaterials (EPSRC)
  • Smart X-ray Optics (EPSRC Basic Technologies, )
  • Preparation and characterization of sodium transition metal oxides as thermoelectric materials (University)
  • Colloidal Processing of net shape ceramics and intermetallics (Portuguese Government)
  • Synthesis and Fabrication of Nanostructured Ceramics for Device Applications (ORS)
  • Oxide thin films for tuneable microwave devices (Royal Society)
  • Multilayer Coated Conductors (EPSRC/Coated Conductor Consultancy).
  • Fabrication Routes for Fine-Scale Piezoelectric Devices. (EPSRC)
  • Passive materials for use in high frequency ultrasonic transducers. (EPSRC)

Other activities

Managing Director of Applied Functional Materials Ltd (, University spin-out company.


RAE Publications:

TC Shields, K Kawano, TW Button and JS Abell. 2002. Spray pyrolysis of epitaxial YBCO films on (100) single crystal SrTiO3 substrates. Superconductor Science and Technology, 15, 99-103.

DH Pearce, A Hooley and TW Button. 2002. On piezoelectric super-helix actuators. Sensors and Actuators A, 100, (2-3) 281-286.

B Su and TW Button. 2004. Microstructure and dielectric properties of Mg-doped barium strontium titanate ceramics. Journal of Applied Physics 95 (3): 1382-1385.

BL Cheng, TW Button, M Gabbay, G Fantozzi and M Maglione. 2005. Oxygen vacancy relaxation and domain wall hysteresis motion in Cobalt­ doped barium titanate ceramics. Journal of the American Ceramics Society, 88 (4) 907-911.