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QM academic appointed new Editor-in-Chief of ceramics journal

Mike Reece, Professor of Functional Ceramics at Queen Mary, University of London, has been named as the new Editor-in-Chief of the journal Advances in Applied Ceramics.

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Professor Mike Reece
Professor Mike Reece

In addition to this role, Professor Reece is Director of Nanoforce Technology Ltd, a spin-out company from Queen Mary, and Chair of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining Functional Materials Committee.

Professor Reece has extensive experience in structural and functional ceramics; ceramics being broadly defined as materials that are non-metallic and not organic, but far wider ranging than just pottery or porcelain. Applications include gas sensors, fuel cell membranes, ultrahigh high temperature components, bone and tooth replacements, and cutting and drilling tools.

He is known for producing some of the earliest-reported work on mechanical fatigue (progressive and localised damage) in structural ceramics. This provided some of the first direct evidence that mechanical fatigue effects are significant in structural ceramics and not simply a manifestation of stress corrosion effects as previously thought.

He recently set up the first Spark Plasma Sintering (SPS) furnace in the UK, which is being used to develop new structural and functional ceramics and composites of two or more materials.

Professor Reece has strong international and industrial links and is a visiting Professor at Xi’an Jiaotong University in China. He was appointed as an Industry Fellow of the Royal Society in 2011.  

Advances in Applied Ceramics, which is published by Maney on behalf of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, is an international journal that provides high-quality research on functional, bio- and engineering ceramics.

Commenting on his new appointment, Professor Reece said:  “I am delighted to be appointed to the role of Editor of Advances in Applied Ceramics. Professor Edirisinghe has left some big shoes to fill after seven years at the helm. I plan to build on his legacy and use my experience of research in functional and structural ceramics to lead the journal in what is an exciting new era for ceramics research and application."

Emma Leighton, Managing Editor for Maney added: “Professor Reece’s research background, international reach and industry awareness is a perfect match for Advances in Applied Ceramics. The planned developments will build on those made by Professor Edirisinghe and will ensure the journal’s continued success.”

Professor Reece will succeed Professor Mohan Edirisinghe, of University College London, as Editor-In-Chief of Applied Ceramics from the start of 2012. Professor Edirisinghe steps down after seven years, during which time he successfully re-launched and raised the profile of the journal.

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