Alexander Korsunsky

Professor Alexander Korsunsky is a world-leader in engineering microscopy of materials systems and structures for optimisation of design, durability and performance. At Skoltech, he is building up the new laboratory for Hierarchically Structured Materials (HSM), with a focus on electron and ion microscopy and advanced X-ray methods in application to natural and engineered structural and functional materials and systems.

At the University of Oxford, he is head of the MBLEM lab (Multi-Beam Laboratory for Engineering Microscopy) in the Department of Engineering Science. At the Rutherford lab, he leads 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 (2017 impact factor 4.36).

Alexander Korsunsky received his M.Sc. from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MFTI), Department of Aerophysics and Space Research (FAKI), and worked on the modelling of hydo-fracturing at the Institute for Problems in Mechanics, RAS, in the laboratory of nonlinear mechanics, led by academician S.A.Christianovich. In 1995 he received the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) from Merton College, Oxford. He became Junior Research Fellow at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, and later Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering at Newcastle University, before moving to his current position at Oxford.

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.

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.

Members of Prof Korsunsky’s research team come from almost every part of the globe (UK,FR,DE,IT,DE,RU,GR,TR,China,India,Korea,Malaysia,Argentina,S. Africa).

Alexander co-authored books on fracture mechanics (Springer, 1996), elasticity (CUP, 2007) and residual stresses and eigenstrains (Elsevier, 2017), 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 33, with his top publications cited over 500 times.

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. In 2018, he was named Outstanding 21st Century Engineer by IAENG (International Association of Engineers). His activities expand the range of applications of large-scale facilities and advanced operando microscopies to real engineering problems.

Each year Prof Korsunsky gives several keynote and plenary lectures at major international conferences on engineering and materials. He has extensive international links that included visiting appointments in Italy (Roma Tré), France (ENSICAEN) and Singapore (NUS, NTU, A*Star).