IV-2 - Advances in High Spatial Resolution Probing of Local Heterogeneities in Ion Conducting Materials


Organizers: Peter Crozier (Arizona State University), David McComb (Ohio State University), Y. Shirley Meng (University of California, San Diego), M. Stanley Whittingham (Binghamton University).

John Kilner

Imperial College London, UK

John Kilner gained his PhD in physical metallurgy from Birmingham University in the UK and joined Imperial College London in 1979 as Wolfson Research Fellow. In 1995 he was appointed Professor of Materials Science and in 2006, BCH Steele Professor of Energy Materials. He also holds appointments at CIC Energigune in Vitoria, Spain where he heads the Ceramic Electrolyte group and he is a Principal Investigator at the International Institute for Carbon Neutral Research (I2CNER) in Kyushu, Japan where he works on high temperature electrochemical devices.
John has over 35 years experience in the measurement of mass transport and surface properties of ceramic materials for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFCs), Solid Oxide Electrolysers (SOEC’s), Ceramic Oxygen Generators (COGs) and solid state Li batteries using ion beam based techniques as a major characterisation tool. He has published over 400 papers on topics as diverse as the development of Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry, ion beam modification of materials, silicon on insulator technologies, Ni superalloys and, most extensively, in solid state ionics. He is currently the European editor of the Journal Solid State Ionics.
During his career he has worked closely with industry including companies such as Air Products and Chemicals, Allied Signal, Praxair and he is a co-founder of the AIM listed company Ceres Power Ltd, a company developing metal supported Solid Oxide Fuel Cell technology.
John has received many awards for his work. He was awarded the European Fuel Cell Forum Schönbein Gold Medal and the Verulam medal of the IOMMM in 2004, in 2005 he was the recipient of the Royal Society Armourers and Braziers Award. In 2012 he was awarded the Platinum Medal of the IOMMM and he lead an international team from the UK, Spain, the US and Japan, that won the International Union of Materials Research Societies Somiya Award for international collaboration. In 2016 he and his team of collaborators was awarded the Daiwa Adrian award for Anglo Japanese collaborative work and in 2017 for his services to Imperial College he received the Imperial College Medal. He is a Fellow of both the Institute of Physics and the Institute of Mining Minerals and Metallurgy and in 2007 he was made a Fellow of the City and Guilds Institute of London.