Professor Jon Binner

Professor Jon Binner

Engineering and Physical Sciences
Deputy Head of the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences
Professor of Ceramic Sciences and Engineering

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Professor Jon Binner
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Jon Binner is Professor of Ceramic Science & Engineering in the School of Metallurgy and Materials and Deputy Head of the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences. He took up both of these posts January 2014. Professor Binner is also President of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining


Jon obtained his Bachelors and PhD, both in Ceramic Science & Engineering, from Leeds University in 1981 and 1984 respectively. 

Since graduating, he has held a series of Faculty positions at the Universities of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), Leeds, Nottingham, Brunel and, until recently, he was the Dean of the School of Aeronautical, Automotive, Chemical and Materials Engineering at Loughborough University.

He is a Visiting Professor at both Beijing University of Chemical Technology and Kunming University in China. He is a Past President of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) and a Fellow of IOM3, the European Ceramic Society (ECerS) and the American Ceramic Society (ACerS). He has won the Holliday Prize (1995), Ivor Jenkins Medal (2007) and Verulam Prize and Medal (2011) from the IOM3.


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 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 ~130 research grants totalling over £16.1M, many have been international in nature.


Jon has published about 210 research papers, as well as editing or contributing to 19 books, given over 45 keynote, plenary and invited talks at international conferences and holds 7 patents.