Professor Ian M Reaney

Dr I M Reaney

BSc MSc PhD MInstP CPhys CEng FRMS
Professor in Ceramics

Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Sir Robert Hadfield Building
Mappin Street, Sheffield, S1 3JD

Telephone: +44 (0) 114 222 5471
Fax: +44 (0) 114 222 5943


Ian M. Reaney joined the Department of Materials Science and Engineering in 1994, as a PDRA, then as a Lecturer from 1995 followed by eventual promotion to Professor in 2007. He attained his PhD from the University of Manchester in 1989 and worked as post-doctoral researcher at the University of Essex before joining the group of Professor Setter at the Laboratoire de Ceramique, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne in Switzerland in 1991. He is the deputy Head of MSE and Director of Teaching

Research interests

The main theme of Prof. Reaney´s research is the use of analytical and high resolution transmission electron microscopy to study the structure and microstructure of electroceramics. He has specialised in recent years in the study of microwave and piezoelectric materials in which fields he has many key papers. His research activities are mainly concerned with materials and devices for sensor and actuator applications as well as dielectric resonators and antennas for microwave communications. He also has an active interest in bioactive glass ceramics for bone augmentation.

Recently his research highlights include:

i) Fabrication of a new multilayer GeoHelix® antenna for multiband satellite receive only handsets in collaboration with Sarantel (now part of the Maruwa).
ii) Discovery of a new PbZrO3 structured AFE based on Nd-doped BiFeO3.
iii) Fabrication of new high temperature piezoelectric multilayer actuators
iv) Facilitated the transfer of oxide deposition technology to Ilika Technology ltd which helped their growth towards a public limited company in 2011.
v) Discovered a new tunable dielectric based on Pb-niobate pyochlore with superior properties to existing compositions

Professional activities and recognition

  • Adjunct Professor at Pennsylvania State University, USA.
  • Published over 300 scientific papers that have amassed >7000 citation
  • 18 papers with more than 100 citations, career H factor = 42, 5 year H factor 30 on Google Scholar
  • He has given > 30 invited and plenary talks at major international conferences since 2010
  • Winner of 'best KTP based on EPSRC funded research, 2008.
  • Winner of the Edward C. Henry award for best paper in the J. American Ceramics Society (Electronic Division) 2001.

Key publications

  1. Reaney I M, Colla E L and Setter N, 'Dielectric and Structural Characteristics of Ba and Sr-Based Complex Perovskites as a Function of Tolerance Factor', Jap J Appl Phys, 33,7 (l), 3984-3990, 1994.
  2. Brooks K G, Reaney I M, Klissurska I M, Huang Y, Bursill L A and Setter N, 'Orientation of Rapidly Thermally Annealed Lead Zirconate Titanate Thin Films on (111) Pt Substrates', J Mater Res, 9 (10), 2540-2553, 1994.
  3. Hughes H, Iddles DM, Reaney IM Niobate-based microwave dielectrics suitable for third generation mobile phone base stations, Appl. Phys. Lett., 79(18), 2952-2954, 2001.
  4. Woodward DI, Reaney IM Electron diffraction of tilted perovskites, Acta Cryst. B: Structural Science, 61(4), 387-399, 2005
  5. Woodward DI, Knudsen J, Reaney IM Review of crystal and domain structures in the PbZrxTi1−xO3 solid solution, Physical Review B 72 (10), 104110, 2005
  6. Reaney I M, Iddles D, ‘Microwave dielectric ceramics for resonators and filters in mobile phone networks’, J Am Ceram Soc, 89 (7), 2063-2072, 2006.
  7. Karimi S, Reaney IM, Levin I, Sterianou I Nd-doped BiFeO3 ceramics with antipolar order, Appl. Phys. Lett., 94(11): Article number 112903, 2009.
  8. Bintachitt P, Jesse S, Damjanovic D, Han Y, Reaney IM, Trolier-McKinstry S, Kalinin SV Collective dynamics underpins Rayleigh behavior in disordered polycrystalline Levin I, ferroelectrics, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 107(16):7219-7224, 2010
  9. Karimi S, Provenzano V, Dennis CL, Wu H, Comyn TP, Stevenson TJ, Smith RI, Reaney IM Reorientation of magnetic dipoles at the antiferroelectric-paraelectric phase transition of Bi1-xNdxFeO3 (0.15 <= x <= 0.25), PHYS REV B 81(2): Article number 020103, 2010
  10. Levin I, Reaney IM Nano- and mesoscale structure of Na1/2Bi1/2TiO3: A TEM Perspective, Adv. Funct. Mater., 22(16), 3445-3452 2, 2012.

Research centres

Functional Materials and Devices

Centre for Glass Research

Centre for Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering