Kenneth Stanton obtained a BSc in Materials Science from the University of Limerick in 1995. This was followed by an MSc in Physics Research from Royal Holloway University of London before he returned to UL for doctoral study on phase formation of biomedical glass-ceramics in Prof. Hill’s group in the Department of Materials Science and Technology.
He then joined the academic staff as a Junior Lecturer in UL in 2000 and became a PI in the Materials and Surface Science Institute. He subsequently became a Lecturer and then Research Scholar at UL before moving to UCD in 2004. He is now a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) and the Head of the UCD School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering. His diverse research interests in biomaterials, space materials, nanomaterials and industrial materials have ceramic, glass and glass-ceramic inorganic materials as a central theme.
In 2017, he won the Engineers Ireland Excellence Award for Technical Innovation and in 2018, he won the Knowledge Transfer Ireland Award for Collaborative Research: both of these awards related to development of a thermo-optical control coating called SolarWhite that is currently in use on the ESA Solar Orbiter mission. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (UK) and a Chartered Engineer.
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