Dr. Alexander Korsunsky

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).


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