Alexander Korsunsky

Visiting Professor, Head of Hierarchically Structured Materials lab (HSM)
Center for Energy Science and Technology

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 Harwell Campus, he leads the Centre for In situ Processing Science (CIPS) at the Research Complex at Harwell (RCaH), and collaborates closely with Diamond Light Source, where he led the design, construction and commissioning of JEEP, the Joint Engineering, Environment and Processing beamline. He also leads instrument and technique developments on the B16 Test and Optics beamline. He consults Rolls-Royce plc on matters of residual stress and structural integrity, and is Editor-in-Chief of Materials & Design, a major interdisciplinary Elsevier journal (2017 impact factor 4.525).

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 hydro-fracturing at the Ishlinsky 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 as Tutorial Fellow at Trinity College, Oxford, and Professor of Engineering Science in the University of 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).

Prof Korsunsky plays a major role in the development of large scale science facilities across the world. He has a particularly close association with Diamond Light Source at Harwell, Oxford, where his work has made numerous highlights:

A.M.Korsunsky’s work at Diamond Light Source, Oxford, UK

Professor Korsunsky’s work has made regular appearance in the news:

Oxford – Pioneering research takes to the skies

Chemistry World – A slice of microscopy – Professor Korsunsky explores the potential reversal of tooth decay

Materials Today – Dental decay gives up its secrets

Alexander co-authored books on fracture mechanics (Springer, 1996), elasticity (CUP, 2007), and in 2017 produced a monograph on Residual stresses and Eigenstrains (Butterworth-Heinemann/ Elsevier). He 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 36 (Google Scholar), with his top publications cited over 500 times.

Full list of publications can be accessed via the following portals:

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.

Professor Korsunsky’s work in the news:

Oxford – Pioneering research takes to the skies

Chemistry World – A slice of microscopy – Professor Korsunsky explores the potential reversal of tooth decay

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).

Prof Korsunsky has authored and co-authored monographs and volumes on subjects ranging from residual stress analysis to the fundamentals of elasticity:

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