Professor Andrew Bell and Dr. Tim Comyn, founders of Ionix Advanced Technologies, explore piezoelectric ceramics and their applications in challenging environments. Starting with the limitations of PZT, they explore the development, production, and application of next generation piezoceramics into devices to enhance ruggedisation, increase operating temperature range and maximise reliability.
Andrew Bell, FREng, Professor at the University of Leeds
Professor of Electronic Materials in the School of Chemical and Process Engineering (SCAPE) at the University of Leeds, UK, and Scientific Advisor and Director of Ionix. He has spent 15 years in industrial R&D with the Plessey Company, Cookson Group, and Oxley Developments and also been a Senior Scientist at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), Lausanne. In 2016 Andrew was elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and in 2019 became a Fellow of the IEEE.
Dr. Tim Comyn, Technical Director at Ionix Advanced Technologies
He received his Ph.D. degree in 1997 from the University of Leeds, UK and holds M.Sc. and B.Sc. degrees in chemistry from the University of Bristol, UK. His research interests have included ceramic processing, preparation, and characterization of single crystals and ferroelectric thin films; actuator design and prototyping; and the use of synchrotron and neutron radiation to study stress, phase, and magnetic structure. Tim is responsible for the development of next generation piezoceramic materials.