Who we are

Ionix has created a range of proprietary high performance piezoelectric materials that can operate in high temperature, high work environments, and that enable it to supply sensors, actuators and transducers which address applications and markets not accessible to existing piezoelectric systems.

Professor Andrew Bell, from the University of Leeds’ School of Chemical and Process Engineering (SCAPE), headed the research, and the new materials, developed by Dr Tim Comyn and Dr Tim Stevenson in Professor Bell’s group, are compatible with existing manufacturing methods for piezoelectric ceramics and therefore can be mass-produced at similar cost to current materials.

The senior team

Tim Comyn

Tim Comyn

Technical Director of Ionix and has been a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Materials Research, University of Leeds, UK, since 1997. 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.comyn@ionix.at

Tim Stevenson

Tim Stevenson

Development Director of Ionix and has been a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Materials Research, University of Leeds, UK since completing his Ph.D in Magnetic Ferroelectric Ceramics in 2010. He holds a M.Eng degree in Materials Science and Engineering, and was awarded Gold and the title of "Early Research Career Engineer" at Westminster in 2011 for impact on UK research. His research interests have included synthesis and characterisation of high temperature and magnetoelectric piezoelectric bulk ceramics using; electrical measurements, synchrotron and neutron radiation diffraction to study phase and magnetic structure, as well as working at the University of Illinois, USA to investigate magnetic order. tim.stevenson@ionix.at

Andrew Bell

Andrew Bell

Scientific Advisor of Ionix and is Professor of Electronic Materials at the University of Leeds’ School of Chemical and Process Engineering (SCAPE) at the University of Leeds, UK. He holds a degree in physics from the University of Birmingham, and a Ph.D. degree in ceramic science and engineering from the University of Leeds. He has spent 15 years in industrial R&D with the Plessey Company, Cookson Group, and Oxley Developments and also been a Senior Lecturer at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), Lausanne. In 2016 Andrew was elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. andrew.bell@ionix.at

David Astles

David Astles

CEO of Ionix, David is a business leader with wide experience gained in a major blue chip - Shell - and leading small company start ups. He has a strong international sales and marketing background with a track record of launching new products and technologies in global markets, covering a wide range of industry sectors including chemical process, oil and gas, lubricants, mining and refining. Recently he has led a VC backed University spin-out from laboratory idea to an established global business by commercialising a new platform technology based on advanced materials. david.astles@ionix.at