Professor Stuart Hampshire and Professor Jacques Fontanille, President, Université de Limoges
Professor Stuart Hampshire of the University of Limerick was conferred with an Honorary Doctorate by the President of the University of Limoges, France, Professor Jacques Fontanille at a special ceremony at Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Ingénieurs de Limoges on 19th May 2009.
This esteemed award is a recognition of Professor Hampshire's research in the field of engineering and structural ceramics and special glasses over the last twenty five years. This has involved him in international research projects, including collaboration with research groups in Limoges under European Union framework programmes. His research has investigated the relationships between chemistry, fabrication, structure and properties of these materials. He is now recognized as a leading authority worldwide on oxynitride glasses, their properties and crystallization and is invited on a regular basis to give keynote lectures on the topic.
Professor Hampshire is Chair of Materials Science in the Department of Materials Science and Technology at the University of Limerick and a leading member of the Materials and Surface Science Institute (MSSI). He has helped build the reputation of the University of Limerick as a major leading University for Materials research on the International scene. He has mentored 8 post-doctoral fellows and supervised 18 PhD and 12 Masters theses by Research to completion. Stuart has been a visiting scientist at the University of Rennes, and at ENSCI, Limoges, France, the University of Karlsruhe, Germany and the National Industrial Research Institute, Nagoya, Japan.
The University of Limerick presented Professor Hampshire with the Award for Excellence in Research in 1987 and again in 2007. He was elected to the World Academy of Ceramics in 1990, as a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers of Ireland in 1994 and as a Fellow of the American Ceramic Society in 2007. He was awarded the prestigious Stuijts Award of the European Ceramic Society, at its conference in Berlin in 2007 and received the International Bridge-building Award of the Engineering Ceramics Division of the American Ceramic society in 2008.