Mr John Cotton

Special Projects Group Leader

CERAM Research Ltd

Queens Road
Penkhull, Stoke-on-Trent
United Kingdom
PH: 44 (1782) 764217
Fax: 44 (1782) 412331
Email: [email protected]


I have over 30 years experience in engineering materials specialising in advanced ceramics for structural and functional applications. The scope of my materials expertise includes metals, oxides, non-oxides, composites and glasses in the following areas:

  • Materials and component design
  • Characterisation and testing
  • Stress analysis and performance modelling
  • Powder processing including binder development
  • Fabrication technology and tooling design for uniaxial and isostatic pressing, slip casting, pressure casting and tape casting
  • Extrusion
  • Injection moulding
  • Hot pressing and HIPPING
  • Joining

The application areas in which I have worked include:

  • Microwave dielectrics
  • Gas turbine and diesel engines
  • Metal processing
  • Pumps and other wear applications
  • Electroceramics
  • High temperature batteries
  • Fuel cells
  • Sensors
  • High temperature plant and process design

Among the developments which I have been responsible for are:

  • Functionally gradient ceramics and cermets
  • Novel sintered silicon nitride
  • High strength RBSN
  • Intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cells
  • Optimisation of materials and processes for ceramic component manufacture

I offer advice and consultancy under strictest confidentiality.

Major Qualifications

BSc (Hons) in Applied Physics from Staffordshire University C.Eng

Major Publications

Smithells Metals Reference Book - Chapter 22 - Engineering Ceramics and Refractory materials

Significant Employment History

31 years at CERAM Research

Services Offered

Confidential advice, consultancy, and project based development work on advanced materials, processing, fabrication, component design, and process optimisation.

Commercial Details

Fee Charging structure and rates

I answer questions which take less than 10 minutes for free. If further work is likely to be of benefit, I will assist you to scope and define this and give you an indication of CERAM's fees for carrying this out.


Availability and preferred contact route

I can be contacted by phone, fax, or e-mail

Current availability status


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