Professor Ian ReaneyProfessor Ian M Reaney

Professor in Ceramics
Dyson Chair in Ceramics

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

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

Ian M. Reaney joined the Department of Materials Science and Engineering in 1994, as a PDRA, then as a Lecturer from 1995 followed by promotion to a personal chair in 2007, followed by becoming the Dyson Chair in Ceramics in 2016. 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 European site director for the NSF funded Centre for Dielectrics and Piezoelectrics and the Director of Research and Innovation in MSE.

Research interests

The main theme of Prof. Reaney's research is the study of structure/microstructure property relations in electroceramics. He he has produced many key texts on microwave dielectrics and piezoelectrics and is currently developing lead free ceramics for actuators and sensors and researching materials for 5G applications. His group focuses on the development of sustainable functional ceramics and as part of this initiative he has published several papers on their comparative life cycle assessment. He is also developing ultra-low sintering technologies for ceramics to reduce the carbon footprint of their manufacture.

Recently his research highlights include:

  1. Patented a multilayer GeoHelix® antenna for multiband for satellite downlink
  2. Discovery of a lead zirconnate structured antiferroelectric based on Nd-doped BiFeO3
  3. Patented a high temperature lead free piezoelectric for multilayer actuators
  4. Developed a new class of high energy density ceramics and multilayers
  5. Established cold sintering technology for microwave ceramics and antennas
  6. Discovered a new tunable dielectric based on Pb-niobate pyrochlore with superior properties to existing compositions
Research centres
Professional activities and recognition
  • Adjunct Professor at Pennsylvania State University, USA, and and University of Aveiro, Portugal
  • Published over 300 scientific papers that have amassed >12000 citation with a career H factor = 57 (Google Scholar)
  • He has given 20 invited and plenary talks at major international conferences since 2015
  • Winner of the Edward C. Henry award for best paper in the J. American Ceramics Society (Electronic Division) 2001
  • Winner of 'best KTP based on EPSRC funded research, 2008
  • Winner of the Verulam medal 2017
Key publications

Articles by Prof. Ian Reaney on Google Scholar.

  • 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.
  • Woodward D I, Reaney I M, Electron diffraction of tilted perovskites, Acta Cryst. B: Structural Science, 61(4), 387-399, 2005
  • Woodward D I, Knudsen J, Reaney I M, Review of crystal and domain structures in the PbZrxTi1−xO3 solid solution, Physical Review B 72 (10), 104110, 2005
  • 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.
  • Karimi S, Reaney I M, Han Y, Pokorny Y, Sterianou I, Crystal chemistry and domain structure of rare-earth doped BiFeO3 ceramics J Mater. Sci 44 (19), 5102-5112, 2009.
  • Levin I, Reaney I M, Nano- and mesoscale structure of Na1/2Bi1/2TiO3: A TEM Perspective, Adv. Funct. Mater., 22(16), 3445-3452 2, 2012.
  • Khesro A, Wang D, Hussain F, Sinclair D C, Feteira A, Reaney I M, Temperature stable and fatigue resistant lead-free ceramics for actuators, Appl. Phys. Lett. 109 (14), 142907, 2015
  • Wang D, Zhou D, Zhang S, Vardaxoglou, Willian Y G, Whittow Y G, Cadman D, Reaney I M, Cold-sintered temperature stable Na0. 5Bi0. 5MoO4–Li2MoO4 microwave composite ceramics, ACS Sust. Chem. & Eng. 6 (2), 2438-2444, 2018