Bill is Co-Director of the Institute of Security Science and technology (ISST), Chair in Ceramic Science and Engineering, and President of the American Ceramic Society. Previous positions at Imperial include Director of the Centre for Nuclear Engineering, Director of the Centre for Doctoral Training in Nuclear Energy (with Cambridge and The Open Universities), and Director of the Centre for Advanced Structural Ceramics.He is a member of the Government advisory committee The Nuclear Innovation and Research Advisory Board (NIRAB), the Leverhulme Trust Panel of Advisors, the Royal Academy of Engineering International Activities Committee, and the Scientific and Environmental Advisory Board Tokamak Energy Ltd. He was from Jan 2006 to Sept 2010 Head of the Department of Materials. Bill was Deputy Chair of the Government advisory Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM) from 2007-2013, has acted as special advisor nuclear to the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee (2013) and is an IAEA Technical Expert. He is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, IOMMM, ACerS and the City and Guilds Institute and a Freeman of the Armourers and Brasiers livery company.
Bill joined the Department in January 2006. After graduating in Physical Metallurgy from Aston University he gained a DPhil from Oxford University on radiation damage in sapphire, was a post-doc at Oxford and Case Western Reserve Universities, Assistant Professor at Ohio State University USA, before becoming lecturer in ceramics at the University of Sheffield in 1989. While at Sheffield he was Manager of the Sorby Centre for Electron Microscopy and Director of the BNFL University Research Alliance the Immobilisation Science Laboratory. Bill studies the relation between processing, properties and microstructures in a broad range of ceramics and has supervised 59 students to completion of their PhDs.
Bill has published over 450 peer-reviewed papers and has also been awarded research grants totalling over £60M, including £5.5M from EPSRC to set up the Centre for Advanced Structural Ceramics (CASC) and over £2M as co-investigator with Mike Finnis on the programme grant Materials in Extreme Environments (XMat) with Jon Binner at Loughborough.
Prizes include the Rosenhain Medal (1999), Pfeil Award (2000) of the IOMMM, the Wakabayashi Prize (2004) of the Refractories Society of Japan and the Kingery Award of the American Ceramic Society (2012) and the Lee Hsun Award of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (2014). In 2012 Bill was elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.
et al., 2013, Microstructure and High-temperature Oxidation Behavior of Ti3AlC2/W Composites, Journal of the American Ceramic Society, Vol:96, ISSN:0002-7820, Pages:584-591
et al., 2012, TEM study of the early stages of Ti2AlC oxidation at 900 degrees C, Scripta Materialia, Vol:67, ISSN:1359-6462, Pages:830-833
et al., 2012, In situ Formation of Oxidation Resistant Refractory Coatings on SiC-Reinforced ZrB2 Ultra High Temperature Ceramics, Journal of the American Ceramic Society, Vol:95, ISSN:0002-7820, Pages:1247-1254
et al., 2012, Microstructural evolution during high-temperature oxidation of spark plasma sintered Ti2AlN ceramics, Acta Materialia, Vol:60, ISSN:1359-6454, Pages:1079-1092
et al., 2011, Crystallisation of a simulated borosilicate high-level waste glass produced on a full-scale vitrification line, Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids, Vol:357, ISSN:0022-3093, Pages:2989-3001
et al., 2011, Microstructural evolution during high-temperature oxidation of Ti2AlC ceramics, Acta Materialia, Vol:59, ISSN:1359-6454, Pages:4116-4125