Prof H Jones

Emeritus Professor of Metallurgy and Materials

Prof H Jones

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

Telephone: +44 (0) 114 222 5508
Fax: +44 (0) 114 222 5943


Howard Jones joined the University from T I Research Laboratories, in 1969, to initiate development of light alloys by rapid solidification and to collaborate with Geoffrey Greenwood on creep behaviour at low stresses. The light alloys work has formed the basis for continuing development of advanced aluminium and magnesium alloys for leading edge applications, led to authorship of the first monograph on Rapid Solidification in 1982 and his former editorship in 1984 of the highly regarded International Journal of Rapid Solidification (now International Journal of Nonequilibrium Processing).

Research Interests

His broader interests include mechanisms and modelling of solidification in general and especially, the mechanism of dendritic and eutectic growth in aluminium, zinc and ferrous alloys. Some of this work has been carried out in collaboration with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne and the corresponding group at the University of Oxford, and latterly with a new group at the National University of Singapore. He has a longstanding interest in the high temperature behaviour of materials, in particular the stability of microstructure and mechanical properties. Active work is proceeding on the mechanisms of creep at low stresses and intermediate temperatures, on thixoforming of high strength aluminium alloys, and on the role of the matrix in enhancing wear resistance of aluminium-based metal matrix composites reinforced with intermetallic particles. Also, a longstanding interest in the energetics of surfaces and interfaces is being applied to studies of wettability of ceramic by metals, melt infiltration of ceramic preforms and the design of alloys with high resistance to microstructural coarsening.

Selected Recent Publications

  • I C Barlow, H Jones and W M Rainforth, "The effect of heat treatment at 500 to 625°C on the microstructure and properties of mechanically alloyed Al-Ti-O based material", Mater Sci Eng A, 25th June 2003, 351(1,2), 344-357.
  • T Kato, H Jones and D H Kirkwood, "Segregation and eutectic formation in solidification of Fe-1.5%Cr-1%C steel", Mater Sci Technol, August 2003, 19(8), 1070-1076.
  • V Srivastava, G W Greenwood and H Jones, "The effect of low stresses on creep and surface profiles of thin copper wires", Acta Materialia, 3 Sept 2003, 51(15), 4611-4619.
  • D Liu, H V Atkinson, P Kapranos and H Jones, "Effect of heat treatment on properties of thixoformed high performance 2014 and 201 aluminium alloys", J Mater Sci, 1st Jan 2004, 39(1), 99-105.
  • H Jones, "Nucleation and growth temperature and the formation of microstructure in steady state solidification of aluminium-based alloys", ‘Solidification of Aluminium Alloys', eds M G Chu, D A Granger and Qingyou Han, TMS, Warrendale, Pa, 2004, pp 29-41.