Keynote Speakers


Prof. Alexander Korsunsky

Professor and Fellow (em.), Trinity College,
University of Oxford, 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. Kwang Leong Choy

Duke Kunshan University, China


Kwang Leong Choy [D.Phil. (Oxon)., DSc, FIMMM, FRSC] is the Professor of Materials Science at Duke Kunshan University (DKU). Prior to this, she was a Professor of Materials Discovery and the Director of the UCL Institute for Materials Discovery at University College London (UCL). She obtained her Doctor of Philosophy (D.Phil.) in Materials Science from the University of Oxford and Doctor of Science (D.Sc.) in Materials from the University of Nottingham. She has been employed at the University of Oxford, Imperial College London, University of Nottingham and UCL before joining DKU. She has extensive experience in in materials creation, discovery and exploitation of eco-friendly, cost-effective and sustainable high performance thin films and nanomaterials processing technologies, especially for clean energy and engineering applications. She has authored over 230 peer-reviewed publications, including 5 books and 20 patents in nanomaterials, thin films and coatings for structural, functional and biomedical applications. She is the recipient of Grunfeld Medal Prize and has given over 150 keynote papers/invited lectures and conference session Chairman. She is leading a multidisciplinary research team ranging from material scientists, chemists, physics, coating specialists, bioengineering, nanobiotechnology, and engineers. Her team is conducting cutting edge research and technology exploitation of high performance, eco-friendly and cost-effective processing of new nanostructured materials, nanocomposites and superthin/thin/thick films coated products for thin film solar cells, clean energy, energy storage, electrical, optoelectronics, environment, health care, and biomedical applications. She has been elected to several prestigious fellowships such as Fellow of the Institute of Materials (2007), Royal Society of Chemistry (2010), European Science Foundation NANO network (2008-2014), Chartered of Science, CSi (2007), as well as on editorials boards (Editorial Board of Nano-Micro Letters, Journal of Nanomaterials, and Guest Editor of “Surface Engineering” and “Chemical Vapour Deposition”). She has been the Founder, Inventor and Director of Innovative Materials Processing Technologies Ltd and Co-Founder of Southside Thermal Sensing (spin-out companies from Imperial College London). She was awarded a Visiting Professorship (2001/03) by the Swedish Engineering Research Council at the University of Uppsala, Visiting Professorship for Senior International Scientist at Ningbo Institute of Materials Technology and Engineering (NIMTE, 2010/2012), and Chinese Academy of Sciences (2011/2013). She has secured and managed numerous multimillion pounds national and European flagship research programmes with extensive collaboration with academia and industry. She has also established multi-million pound state-of-the art nanomaterials, innovative thin/thick films processing and characterisation facilities.

Invited Speakers



Prof. Armando Ramalho,

Instituto Politécnico de Castelo Branco,Portugal


Armando Ramalho holds a PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering completed at the University of Coimbra, Portugal, as well as a MSc in Mechanical Engineering from the Higher Technical Institute of the University of Lisbon. He currently works as an Adjunct Professor at the Polytechnic Institute of Castelo Branco, Portugal. He was a Professor at the Polytechnic Institute of Guarda and at the University of Coimbra. He was the Director of the School of Technology of the Polytechnic Institute of Castelo Branco for over twelve years. His current research efforts focus on fatigue of welded structures, design of parts obtained by additive manufacturing, as well as in simulation of mechanical and biomechanical systems using numerical models developed on finite element software. Some of his most significant publications can be found in




Prof. Gennady Chitov

Laurentian University, Canada



Gennady Y. Chitov holds a Ph.D. degree from U. de Sherbrooke (Canada). He was a postdoc at Rutgers University (USA) and U. of Saarland (Germany) before joining the faculty at Laurentian University’s Department of Physics (Canada) in 2004. Since 2021 he is visiting research scientist and adjunct professor at Quantum Institute and Department of Physics of U. de Sherbrooke. He was a visiting professor at Southern Federal University (Russia), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany) and McGill University (Canada). His main research interests are in theoretical condensed matter and statistical physics.





Prof. Marcelo Gaspar,

Instituto Politécnico de Leiria,Portugal


Marcelo Gaspar holds a PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering completed at the University of Coimbra, Portugal, as well as a MSc and a Mechanical Engineering Degree from the same University.

He currently works as an Adjunct Professor at the Instituto Politécnico de Castelo Branco, Portugal, where he has been a lecturer for over 20 years.

His current research efforts focus on Sustainability and Product Development, as well as in Engineering Education.

Some of his most significant publications can be found in ORCID ( or in SCOPUS (Scopus Author ID: 57200908830).




Prof. Osman Adiguzel,
Firat University, Elazig, Türkiye



Dr. Osman Adiguzel graduated from Department of Physics, Ankara University, Türkiye in 1974 and received PhD- degree from Dicle University, Diyarbakir-Türkiye. He studied at Surrey University, Guildford, UK, as a post doctoral research scientist in 1986-1987, and his studies focused on shape memory alloys. He worked as research assistant, 1975-80, at Dicle University and shifted to Firat University in 1980. He became professor in 1996, and he has been retired due to the age limit of 67, following academic life of 45 years.
He published over 80 papers in international and national journals; He joined over 120 conferences and symposia in international and national level as Plenary Speaker, Keynote Speaker, Invited speaker, speaker or Poster presenter. He served the program chair or conference chair/co-chair in some of these activities. In particular, he joined in last six years (2014 - 2019) over 60 conferences as Speaker, Keynote Speaker and Conference Co-Chair organized by different companies in different countries.
Additionally, he retired at the end of November 2019, and contributed with Keynote/Plenary Speeches over 60 Virtual/Webinar Conferences, due to the coronavirus outbreak in two year of his retirement, 2020 and 2021.
Dr. Adiguzel served his directorate of Graduate School of Natural and Applied Sciences, Firat University in 1999-2004. He supervised 5 PhD- theses and 3 M. Sc theses. He is also technical committee member of many conferences. He received a certificate which is being awarded to him and his experimental group in recognition of significant contribution of 2 patterns to the Powder Diffraction File – Release 2000. The ICDD (International Centre for Diffraction Data) also appreciates cooperation of his group and interest in Powder Diffraction File.







Assoc. Prof. Andrzej Katunin,

Silesian University of Technology, Poland


Andrzej Katunin received his doctoral degree (PhD) from Silesian University of Technology in mechanics of composites in 2012 and habilitation (DSc) from the same university in non-destructive testing of materials in 2015. He is currently serving as an associate professor at the Silesian University of Technology on a research position. His main scientific interests cover mechanics of composite materials, primarily fatigue, fracture, themomechanical behavior, non-destructive testing using various techniques and post-processing for enhancement of a performance of these techniques as well as development of conductive composite materials based on intrinsically conducting polymers.

He implemented several internships at the Technical University of Dresden (Germany) awarded by the Foundation of Polish Science, University of Porto (Portugal) awarded by the Foundation of Polish Science, University of Lisbon (Portugal) awarded by the Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange, and École Centrale de Nantes (France) awarded by the French Government. He is authored or co-authored more than 280 publications, including 6 books on fatigue, aircraft structures, non-destructive testing, and fractal geometry, as well as 3 granted patents in electrically conducting composites and non-destructive testing. He received numerous awards, including stipends from the Foundation for Polish Science, stipends for the best master and PhD theses awarded by FIAT Automobile, Polityka Scientific Award in technical sciences, and the scholarship from the Minister of Science and Higher Education of Poland for outstanding young scientists. He is a member of the European Society for Composite Materials (2010-present), Polish Society of Composite Materials (2012-present), and Polish Society of Technical Diagnostics (2015-present), and serving as editorial board member in 4 journals.

His current scientific activities are focused on prognosis of behavior of composite structures after low-velocity impact loading, thermomechanical effects during very high cycle fatigue, and evaluation of corrosion severity in aircraft structures using optical non-destructive testing techniques.