Wolfgang Ensinger studied chemistry and physics at the Universities in Karlsruhe and Heidelberg in Germany. He received his PhD in 1988 from Heidelberg University. Thereafter, he was a guest researcher at Osaka National Research Institute in Japan, lecturer at Institute of Solid State Physics at University Augsburg and professor of Analytical and Nuclear Chemistry at University of Marburg. Since 2004, he is a full professor of Material Analysis at Technical University of Darmstadt in Germany. His research topics include formation of thin films and nanostructures, including nanochannels, nanowires and nanotubes. He has authored/co-authored more than 200 peer-reviewed scientific publications.
Currently Professor of Materials Chemistry and Director of the Chemistry Department at Aix Marseille University. Obtained his PhD in Physical Chemistry (Dr. rer. nat., Saarland University) in 1987 and the Habilitation in Materials Science (Aix Marseille University) in 1996. Prior to becoming a Full Professor in 1999, hold different positions: post-doctoral fellow (CNRS, Centre de Thermodynamique et de Microcalorimétrie, 1987-1989), laboratory head at Bayer Co. (Pigments and Ceramics Division, 1989-1990) and CNRS researcher (“Chargé de Recherche“, 1990-1999). Member of the Editorial Board of several international journals: “Journal of Electroceramics” (Springer), “Journal of Nanomaterials” (Hindawi), “Frontiers in Energy Research” and “Membranes” (MDPI). Société Chimique de France (SCF): Vice-President (2006-2010) and President (2010-2017) of the “Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur” regional section and member of the Administration Council (Board of Directors) of SCF (representing the regional sections 2012-2017).
IUPAC: National Representative 2015-2019 and Titular Member since 2019 (Division II: Inorganic Chemistry). Appointed visiting scholar at MIT in 1997-98 and 2013 and Invited professor at the National Institute of Materials Science (Tsukuba, Japan) in 2007 and 2010 and at the University of Rome Tor Vergata in 2009, 2011 and 2022.
Fellow of the French Chemical Society (“Membre Distingué”) and recipient of the Grand Prix Franco-italien (SCF PACA/SCI Liguria-Piemonte-Valle d’Aosta, 2020), the IAAM Medal (International Association for the Advancement of Materials) 2018, the Silver Medal of the
Warsaw University of Technology (2015) and the CNRS Bronze Medal (1994). Main research interests: solid state ionics and ionic conduction near interfaces, nanostructured materials for energy storage and conversion, polymer electrolytes for electrochemical energy technologies.
Publications: >200 articles in international journals (9200 citations, h index = 47), 7 co-edited books, 6 patents and 85 invited, keynote and plenary talks at international conferences.
Professor Alexander Korsunsky is a world-leader in engineering microscopy of materials for optimisation of design, durability and performance. He leads the MBLEM lab (Multi-Beam Laboratory for Engineering Microscopy) at Oxford, and the Centre for In situ Processing Science (CIPS) at the Research Complex, Harwell. He consults Rolls-Royce plc on matters of residual stress and structural integrity, and is Editor-in-Chief of Materials & Design, a major Elsevier journal (2018 impact factor 5.770).
Alexander holds the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) from Merton College, Oxford. He was Junior Research Fellow at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, and Lecturer at Newcastle University, before returning to Oxford. Each year he gives several keynote and plenary lectures at major international conferences. He has extensive links that include visiting appointments in Italy (Roma Tre), France (ENSICAEN) and Singapore (NUS, NTU, A*Star).
Prof Korsunsky’s research interests concern improved understanding of integrity and reliability of engineered and natural structures and systems, from high-performance metallic alloys to polycrystalline ceramics to natural hard tissue such as human dentin and seashell nacre. He co-authored books on fracture mechanics (Springer), elasticity (CUP) residual stress (Elsevier), and published ~350 papers in scholarly periodicals on subjects ranging from multi-modal microscopy, neutron and synchrotron X-ray analysis, contact mechanics and structural integrity to micro-cantilever bio-sensors, size effects and scaling transitions. His h-index is 38, with his top publications cited over 500 times.
Support for Prof Korsunsky’s research comes from EPSRC and STFC (major UK Research Councils, over £2M current funding) and the EU (~€6M project iStress), as well as from Rolls-Royce (~£0.5M current funding), Oxford Instruments, the Royal Society, Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng), NRF (South Africa), DFG (Germany), etc. He is
member of editorial boards of the Journal of Strain Analysis, FFEMS, TAML.
Prof Korsunsky plays an important role in the development of large-scale research facilities in the UK and Europe. He was member of UK delegation to ESRF Council and Chair of the Science Advisory Committee at Diamond Light Source (2010-14), where in 2017 he was also named a Leading Light in UK synchrotron science. His activities expand the range of applications of large-scale facilities to real engineering problems.
Members of Prof Korsunsky’s research team at Oxford came from every part of the globe (UK, FR, DE, IT, DE, BE, GR, China, India, Korea, Turkey, Malaysia, Argentina, S. Africa).
Professor Iseult Lynch undertook her PhD in Physical Chemistry at University College Dublin developing responsive polymeric materials for use in medical devices and as tissue growth substrates. She subsequently did several years of postdoctoral research at Physical Chemistry 1, Lund University in Sweden, including as an EU Marie Curie Fellow, investigating several aspects of colloid and interface science and biophysics. She returned to University College Dublin in 2006 where she led the nanoparticle synthesis and bio-characterisation group at the Centre for BioNano Interactions (CBNI). She then became the Strategic Research Manager for CBNI, and was instrumental in securing multiple large scale national and EU funding bids. In March 2013 she joined the University of Birmingham as a Lecturer in Environmental Nanosciences, becoming Senior Lecturer in 2015 and Professor of Environmental Nanosciences in 2016.
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