Contact Dr Jonathan Painter


Jonathan's first degree was in Applied Physics, followed by a PhD in materials characterisation of thin films. He took over as manager of the microscopy facilities within Cranfield Defence and Security, supporting internal and external users and clients.

He was the Course Director for the Forensic Engineering and Science MSc between 2015-2020, and developed modules teaching various aspects of failure identification and analysis based on his practical experience of undertaking failure investigations.

He has served as Secretary and Chair of the Materials and Characterisation Group of the Institute of Physics.

Current activities

Jonathan runs the microscopy laboratories at the Shrivenham campus, supporting the research and teaching within CDS, as well as material / failure analysis investigations for industry.

His research interests are mainly associated with the dynamic behaviour of materials; materials subjected to high strain rates / impact events. 

He lectures on various topics within the Forensic Programme, including materials, firearms related forensics, and various short courses related to materials failures.   


  • MOD
  • NATO
  • AWE
  • A large number of local, national and international industrial clients.


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