There have already been expressions of interest from 14 research groups from 7 universities to use and support the MagMat facility.
Prof Mike Reece’s research at QMUL has focused on ferroelectric / ferroelastic / piezoelectric materials. A major theme in this work is the effect of ferroelectric / ferroelastic switching on their mechanical properties and degradation. Recent research topics are: characterisation of the electromechanical properties of ferroelectric thin films using nanoindentation; development of new ferroelectric ceramics with super high Curie points (>1,000C) for application as high temperature piezoelectric sensors; rapid sintering techniques to produce new materials. Recently set up the first Spark Plasma Sintering (SPS) furnace in the UK. This is being used to develop new and novel structural and functional ceramics and composites. This includes materials with nanoscale microstructures, high texture and non-equilibrium phases. A longterm objective of his work is to commercialise materials prepared by SPS through knowledge transfer and spin-outs. He is a Director of Nanoforce Technology Ltd, a spin-out company of QMUL. Nanoforce focuses on the development of new processing routes for nanomaterials that can be commercialised. He is a visiting Professor at Xi'an Jiaotong University and Invited Professor at The Shanghai Institute of Ceramics. He founded the Ceramic Matrix Composite Forum while at NPL (1992-99). He was a member of the IoM3 Electronics Applications Divisional Board (2002-07). He was the founding chair for the IoM3 Functional Materials Committee (2008-2012). Editor of Advances in Applied Ceramics (2012-). Editorial Board of Journal of Advanced Dielectrics. Royal Society Industry Fellow (2011-2015).
Dr Salvatore Grasso joined the School of Material Science and engineering (SEMS) at Queen Mary university of London in 2011 as experienced researcher in ceramics processing. Dr Grasso Salvatore performed his doctoral work (2008-2011) at the University of Tsukuba-NIMS (National Institute for material Science) Japan. Dr Grasso’s research work was been mainly focused on Electric Current Assisted Sintering Techniques and Processing in strong Magnetic field. At present he has published more than 60 papers in peer-reviewed Journals and 9 patents, he delivered 15 invited talks in international conferences.