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Principal Research Fellow - Materials, Sheffield Hallam University

Dr Hywel Jones is an expert in engineering ceramics which can typically be found in body armour, replacement hip joints, bearings for space engines and oil & gas pumps etc. He is particularly interested in their use as body armour and as wear resistant parts.
He has founded a spin-out company, XeraCarb Ltd, to exploit MOD funded research on light-weight body armour.

Hywel also has an interest in precious metals and decorative alloys. He has invented a novel tarnish resistant silver alloy and a new mixed metal decoratiove alloy called Mikana and has formed Mikana Innovation Ltd to commercialise these alloys.

He also have a strong interest in e-waste and sustainability and in particular the attitude and knowledge (or lack of it) of consumers to electronics such as mobile phones and all the amazing materials that contain.


  • –present
    Principal Research Fellow - Ceramics, Sheffield Hallam University
  • 1997–2000
    Research fellow, University of Warwick


  • 1997 
    University of Warwick, PhD Engineering Ceramics
  • 1993 
    University of Warwick, MSc Materials Characterisation
  • 1991 
    University of Warwick, BSc (Hons) Physics