Professor Alexander M Korsunsky, DPhil MA FInstP FRMS

The Principle Investigator

Department of Engineering Science,
University of Oxford,
Parks Road,Oxford, OX1 3PJ


  • D.Phil, University of Oxford (1994)

“The Solution of Axisymmetric Crack Problems in Inhomogeneous Media” , Department of Engineering Science (1990-1994)  University of Oxford, Parks Road, Oxford,United Kingdom

Henry Briggs Senior Scholar, Merton College, Oxford, United Kingdom

  • BSc (Theor. Phys.), MSc (Appl. Math.),

Department of Aerophysics and Space Research (1983-1989),  Moscow  Institute of Physics and Technology, Moscow, Russia

Institute for Problems in Mechanics (1989-90), Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia

Academic Positions Held

  • Professor of Engineering Science (1999-present)

Department of Engineering Science ,University of Oxford ,Parks Road, Oxford, United Kingdom

  • Fellow and Tutor in Engineering (1999-present)

Trinity College, Oxford,United Kingdom

  • Oxford University Technology Centre for Solid Mechanics (1999-present)

Rolls-Royce, United Kingdom

  • Group Leader (2011-2013)

Research Complex at Harwell, United Kingdom

  • Visiting Scientist (2007-2013)

Diamond Light Source, United Kingdom

  • Visiting Professor (2009)

National University of Singapore, Singapore

  • Visiting Professor (2008)

Università degli Studi Roma Tre, Italy

  • Lecturer in Materials Engineering (1996-1999)

Department of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering ,University of Newcastle ,Newcastle upon Tyne,  United Kingdom

  • Research Fellow (1994-1996)

Department of Materials Science & Metallurgy, University of Cambridge , New Museums Site, Pembroke Street, Cambridge, United Kingdom

Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge United Kingdom

Research interests

  • Fatigue and fracture
  • Dislocations and other defects in solids
  • Residual stresses and eigenstrain theory
  • Surfaces, coatings, (nano)indentation
  • (Synchrotron) X-ray methods (diffraction, imaging, spectroscopy)
  • Novel advanced materials

Other appointments

  • Fellow of Trinity College, Oxford
  • Consultant: Rolls-Royce plc
  • Chairman, Science Advisory Committee, Diamond Light Source
  • College member, EPSRC

Current research projects

  • ISTRESS – Pre-standardisation of incremental FIB micro-milling for intrinsic stress evaluation at the sub-micron scale (FP7 EU large-scale integrating collaborative research project)
  • SAMULET – Residual stress analysis for new manufacturing processes (EPSRC, Rolls-Royce)
  • New dimensions of engineering science at large facilities (EPSRC)
  • CIPS – Centre of In situ Processing Science (Research Complex at Harwell, EPSRC)

Selected publications

  • Ultrafast three-dimensional imaging of lattice dynamics in individual gold nanocrystals, JN Clark, L Beitra, G Xiong, A Higginbotham, DM Fritz, HT Lemke, D Zhu, M Chollet, GJ Williams, M Messerschmidt, B Abbey, RJ Harder, AM Korsunsky, JS Wark, IK Robinson, Science, Vol. 341 no. 6141 pp. 56-59, 2013, DOI: 10.1126/science.1236034
  • Elasticity with Mathematica, Andrei Constantinescu and Alexander M. Korsunsky, Cambridge University Press (ISBN-13: 9780521842013)
  • Solution of Crack Problems: The Distributed Dislocation Technique, by Hills, D.A., Kelly, P.A., Dai, D.N., Korsunsky, A.M., Springer (ISBN 978-94-015-8648-1)

Institutional activities

  • Fellow, Institute of Physics
  • Fellow, Royal Microscopical Society