Facility for Materials Engineering in Magnetic Fields
Facility for Materials Engineering in Magnetic Fields  

Our team

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.

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