Keynote Speakers


Prof. Alexander Korsunsky

Vice Presid
ent, Trinity College, Oxford University, UK


Editor in Chief, Materials & Design



Alexander Korsunsky received his degree of Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) from Merton College, Oxford, following undergraduate education in theoretical physics. His current appointment is Professor of Engineering Science at the University of Oxford and Trinity College. He has given keynote plenaries at major international conferences on engineering and materials. He has developed numerous international links, including visiting professorships at Universitá Roma Tre (Italy), ENSICAEN (France) and National University of Singapore.

Prof Korsunsky’s research interests concern developing 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.

Prof Korsunsky co-authored books on fracture mechanics (Springer) and elasticity (CUP), and published over 200 papers in scholarly periodicals on the subjects ranging from neutron and synchrotron X-ray diffraction analysis and the prediction of fatigue strength to micro-cantilever bio-sensors, size effects and scaling transitions in systems and structures.

Support for Prof Korsunsky’s research has come from EPSRC and STFC, two major Research Councils in the UK, as well as also from the Royal Society, Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng), NRF (South Africa), DFG (Germany), CNRS (France) and other international and national research foundations. Prof Korsunsky is a member of the editorial board of Journal of Strain Analysis published by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, UK (IMechE).
Prof Korsunsky is consultant to Rolls-Royce plc, the global aeroengine manufacturer, whom he advises on company design procedures for reliability and consistency. He spent a period of industrial secondment at their headquarters in Derby, UK (supported by RAEng), and made recommendations on R&D in structural integrity.

Prof Korsunsky plays a leading role in the development of large scale research facilities in the UK and Europe. He is Chair of the Science Advisory Committee at Diamond Light Source (DLS) near Oxford, UK, and Chair of the User Working Group for JEEP (Joint Engineering, Environmental and Processing) beamline at DLS. These activities expand the range of applications of large scale science to problems in real engineering practice.

Prof Korsunsky’s research team at Oxford has involved members from almost every part of the globe (UK, FR, DE, IT, China, India, Korea, Malaysia, South Africa).



Prof. Carsten Gachot

Vienna University of Technology, Austria


Carsten Gachot received his PhD from the Saarland University in Germany in 2012 where he studied the effects of laser interference patterning on the microstructure and topography of metallic surfaces with a focus on tribological applications under Prof. Dr. Frank Mücklich and Prof. Dr. Martin H. Müser. For this work, Dr. Gachot was awarded by the European Honda initiation grant in 2011. Prof. Gachot was academic visitor at the tribology Group at the Imperial College London and is currently the head of the tribology research Group at the Vienna University of Technology. Additionally, Prof. Gachot is a visiting Professor at the Pontifical Catholic University in Santiago de Chile and chief editor of the peer reviewed journal "Industrial Lubrication and Tribology of the Emerald Publishing Group Leeds UK.


Invited Speakers

Prof. Geoffrey Mitchell

Institute Polytechnic of Leiria, Portugal


Geoffrey Mitchell is Professor and Vice-Director of the Centre for Rapid and Sustainable Product Development at the Polytechnic Institute Leiria in Portugal. Geoffrey Mitchell carried out his doctoral work at the University of Cambridge in the UK and subsequently held a post-doctoral fellowship at Cambridge and a JSPS Fellowship at Hokkaido University in Japan. Prior to his current position he was Professor of Polymer Physics at the University of Reading, UK and from 2005 he was the founding Director of the Centre for Advanced Microscopy at Reading. His research work bridges physics, biology, chemistry and technology and he is a Fellow of both the Institute of Physics and the Royal Society of Chemistry as well as the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.

Geoffrey Mitchell is passionate about direct digital manufacturing (DDM) which enables products to be manufactured directly from a digital design without the need for specialist tooling or moulds and the development of novel materials to support the emerging technologies. He is fascinated by the opportunities that arise from merging electrospinning in to the family of DDM technologies. He brings a wealth of experience working with polymer based materials both natural and synthetic. He is particularly interested in the scales of structure present in all materials and especially biopolymers. He has developed and made extensive use of x-ray and neutron scattering methods coupled to computational molecular modelling and electron microscopy techniques.

He is a Visiting Member of the Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering Department of the Oxford Universities NHS Foundation Trust. He is the editor of a book “Controlling the Morphology of Polymers Multiple Scales ” published by Springer in 2016.



Prof. Ramirez-Castellanos Julio

Universidad Complutense, Spain


Julio Ramírez-Castellanos graduated with a BAS (Bachelor of Science degree) in Solid State Chemistry at Complutense University of Madrid. His PhD degree was on the synthesis and structural characterization of high Tc superconducting materials. This PhD served as an introduction to many chemical methods needed for the preparation of new materials, and the application of electron microscopy techniques used to characterize and understand the relationships between structure and properties. Dr. Ramirez-Castellanos also visited/worked at/studied at several European research centers, including the Laboratoire de Cristallograhie (CNRS) in Grenoble (FR). He was an active participant in Prof. Maximo Marezio´s working group, under the supervision of Dr. J. J. Capponi. Ramirez-Castellanos also joined at Prof. S. Palmer's group, at Physics Department in Warwick University, Coventry (UK). Furthermore, Dr. Ramirez-Castellanos studied the determination of crystal structures, and the processing of electronic images obtained through electron microscopy with Prof. Sven Hovmoller, in Arrhenius Laboratory at Structural Chemistry Department, Stockholm University (SE).

For several years after that, he completed research with a postdoctoral fellowship in order to study with Dr. Yoshio Matsui at the National Institute for Materials Science (N.I.M.S) in Tsukuba (JP). Dr. Ramírez-Castellanos completed his research and studies on new functional materials, using a Hitachi H-1500 ultra-high-resolution and ultra-high voltage transmission electron microscope (U-HRTEM), operated at 1300 kV. At the same time, he also collaborated with Prof. Ryozo Yoshizaki at the Applied Physics Institute and Cryogenic Center in the Faculty of Engineering at Tsukuba University (JP).

Dr. Ramírez-Castellanos returned to Madrid, and joined the Inorganic Functional Materials Group, at Inorganic Chemistry Department in Universidad de Complutense de Madrid (UCM). His research mainly based on the synthesis, optical properties and structural/microstructural characterizations of nanomaterials.