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Andrew Bell is Professor of Electronic Materials at the University of Leeds in the School of Chemical and Process Engineering (since March 2000). Previously he spent 15 years in industrial research positions, with the Plessey Company, Cookson Group and Oxley Developments. He was also a Senior Scientist in the Ceramics Laboratory of EPFL, Switzerland (1991 to 95). He has worked and published on a wide range of topics in ferroelectric and dielectric materials. His approach has encompassed basic science, materials processing, structural and electrical characterization and device physics, spanning the fields of pyroelectric materials and devices, microwave dielectrics and piezoelectrics. Whilst primarily an experimentalist, he has applied thermodynamic models to aid understanding of key systems, including BaTi3, PZT and relaxors.
In 2011 he founded Ionix Advanced Technologies Ltd to exploit new high temperature piezoelectric compounds emerging from his research group. The company now employees a staff of 16 in the development and manufacture of high temperature ultrasound transducers based on these materials.
Andrew is Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and a Senior Member of IEEE. He received the IEEE’s Ferroelectrics Recognition Award in 2012 and in 2014 was awarded the Verulam Medal of the Institute of Materials, of which he is also a Fellow. He currently holds a 5 year Established Career Fellowship from the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, which allows him to focus on research topics related to ferroelectrics, including additive manufacturing processes coupled to new piezoelectric materials, including lead-free ceramics, single crystals and composites with an underpinning interest in how cation disorder influences functional properties.