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I am a Strathclyde Chancellor’s Fellow (Lecturer) at University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK, and a researcher in Material Science and Engineering, Metallurgy. I hold a BSc and MSc in Materials Science and Engineering (Hons), Ph.D in Solid State Physics, and have a translational research experience (i.e. industry-academia) in the field. I have an extent international postdoctoral research experience. In 2011 I have got my PhD and was invited as AS Professor to Ibaraki University, Hitachi, Japan, followed by Research Associate position in the Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC), University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom and a Strathclyde Chancellor’s Fellow (Lecturer) in the same University. I am registered as a Chartered Engineer by the Engineering Council, and a member of IMechE.
Fields: Severe Plastic Deformation (SPD); Cryogenic deformation; Abnormal grain growth; Electron backscattering diffraction (EBSD); Ultra fine-grained (UFG) materials; Nanomaterials; Deformation-induced boundaries (DIBs); Structure transformations in pure copper; Electrodeposition; Thin Films; Damascene Copper Wires; Additive manufacturing
The main aim of the work: tendency to perfection
The present research: microstructure analysis of cobalt based alloys; SPD of titanium alloys; cryogenic deformation of copper alloys; additive manufacturing.
Skills: Electron backscattering diffraction (EBSD), Transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), optical metallography, mechanical testing, electrodeposition.
I have frequently been presenting my research in national and international conferences and exposed my research to the other researchers from across the world. My research is very well established and recognised among the scientists in this field. My background in Materials science and physics allows me to successfully complete participation in several projects supported by Russian Fund of Fundamental Research, as well as to provide management work of postgraduate students.
I have a number of papers (and a book) published in different journals that are well cited. According to the Scopus, I have citation index h~10 (July 2020). I also have an experience with initiation of several proposals, and I have been awarded by international grant supported by DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service), as well as several grants supported by Russian Fund of Fundamental Research. My international experience and background allowed me to foster interdisciplinary collaboration.
My Ph.D work was focused on grain structure/texture evolution during/after cryogenic deformation of copper. It encompassed various microstructural processes including formation of deformation-induced boundaries (during cryogenic strain) as well as primary recrystallisation and abnormal grain growth (during long-term static storage of deformed material at room temperature).
My work in Japan was based on microstructural observations of the electrodeposited nano-scale copper wires. Attempting to establish a better understanding of the annealing processes and grain growth mechanism in these interconnects, my work presented a detailed study of grain structure and texture evolution of electrodeposited nano-scale copper wires in a wide temperature range. The microstructural observations were primarily performed with high-resolution EBSD technique. The achieved results expanded my knowledge and lead to essential practical output, such as significant reduction in cost and improvement the properties of interconnects. This attracted an interest from industrial partners and funding for the future projects.
Research Associate position in the AFRC, University of Strathclyde, was based on support the research programmes in the delivery of projects within the materials characterisation team and provide a support across a number of AFRC projects (orientated on the engineering materials – Titanium alloys, Nickel based super alloys), to conduct individual and team based research work, disseminate results and prepare research proposals. During my work in the AFRC, my research activity was spread out on three major themes within AFRC’s projects, including Core research programme, Catapult, as well as direct funded projects. Due to the difference in the nature of materials used in programmes, I have expanded my scientific and technical knowledge, established the basic strategy for microstructure analysis to provide better understanding of material behaviour. The idea of creating the connection between fundamental science and industrial application was successfully realised. In particular, deep microstructure analysis proposed an opportunity to correct the existing process parameters, resulting in saving costs and resources. I completed five major reports, as well as direct funded projects and a few large technical reports and notes.
Moreover, I was leading one of the largest Core project within the centre, and a new project supported by Catapult funding; both projects are based on my proposals.
I was also carrying administrative tasks such as the responsibilities as a Materials Characterisation Theme Leader in the centre, as well as representing the AFRC on Cross Catapult centres Forum in Additive manufacturing.
The focus of the Strathclyde Chancellor’s Fellow (Lecturer) is on establishing an impressive research portfolio, aligned to the strategic priorities of the University and with appropriate attraction of external funding. Over the course of the Fellowship additional duties in the areas of teaching and citizenship were assigned in line with the duties of a Lecturer. I engage in individual and collaborative research which aligns to the strategic direction of the University, i.e.
- establishing a distinctive programme of research,
- disseminating results through regular publications in high-impact journals and conference proceedings,
- apply as PI/Co-I for research funding and manage grants awarded,
- develop knowledge exchange activities.
- lead research programmes of national/international excellence,
- securing funding and managing research group,
- providing leadership, support and guidance to students; I’m currently supervising 4 PhD students and a PGR student.
My research interests include several aspects of Material Science, Physics and Solid State Physics. During my postgraduate studies, I was frequently appointed as a teaching assistant to teach master modules and also co-supervised several master projects. During my time at Ibaraki University, I had an opportunity to co-supervise a postgraduate student, who successfully defended her thesis.
As a lecturer at Strathclyde, I am fully engaged in my teaching duties and proactive in improving the student learning experience. I am open to constructive feedback and demonstrate good teaching citizenship. I have experience with supervision of UG, PGR, and PhD students. I successfully deliver several teaching modules to large classes on yearly basis. Enhancement in students learning was noticed due to a research-led teaching and innovative pedagogical methods adapted in the courses. Constant positive feedback was received through NSS students voice with rate averaged around the faculty mean and above. In 2019 year’s National Student Survey Department (specific courses) ranked very well:
- PDI – 1st in Scotland and 3rd in the UK for NSS Overall Satisfaction (1st/10 and 3rd/85),
- PDE – 1st in Scotland and 2nd in UK for NSS Overall Satisfaction.
I created material and developed an online CPD course for a distance learning in area of metrology. This course development is a time consuming process which required an additional effort considering short notice and recording team availability.
I have been heavily involved in marking process of Master, Undergraduate and Postgraduate students projects, viva of a few PhD students as an internal examiner and a convener, annual review of PGR students, marking of course works and assignments, personal support of the students, supervision of multiple individual and group projects, including industrial group projects, as well as, regular feedback sessions. I have experience with engaging with the teaching strategy of a Department by initiation of further improvement of the student experience. I organise visits from IMechE for the 1st year students to provide an overview of existing opportunities and a chance to join the organisation. My activities are aligned with the personal career progression plan and development. I had responsibility of a 1st Year Adviser on studies. I have been attending professional courses (required for HEA) provided by University in area of teaching and learning. FHEA application and PGCert are pending.
With my background in Materials science and engineering, I can teach most of the undergraduate and postgraduate Materials science classes. For both graduate and undergraduate classes, my preference is to teach existing courses and develop new courses related to core topics such as: Physical Metallurgy, Materials Selection, Crystallography and Diffraction, Mechanical Behaviours, Thermodynamics and Phase Transformations, Material Processing, Advanced Microstructural Characterisation.
I come from a strong background of KE having spent a number of years in Japan and at the AFRC, University of Strathclyde, where I led a range of projects within and outside of the Core research programme. I am thus adept at presenting research outcomes in a variety of formats to industrial clients and have a strong background in project management and delivery involving working with multi-disciplinary teams. I have strong communication skills, developed from giving regular presentations, active dissemination of my research output through publications and participation in national and international conferences and seminars. I’m constantly in contact with leading specialists in my research area, and extending an opportunity to disseminate pre-existing knowledge and creating new areas of expertise.
In my previous position in the AFRC, due to the participation in the projects with several industrial members (i.e. Rolls-Royce, Aubert&Duval, TIMET, 3T Ltd., MTC, Sheffield University, Pascoe Ltd.), I have been very active in passing on research outcomes to these members. I have frequently been in contact with R&D departments of the industrial members, in particular the Materials application team at R-R to discuss the research data and explore further research opportunities. Such activities provided a good opportunity to be in touch with the stakeholders and exchange ideas and knowledge on industrial problems.
In order to explore the advantages of the additive manufacturing process and combine it with existing technologies in the University, I have been in contact with different research groups such as Croft Additive manufacturing (Culcheth, UK), Arcam company (Sweden), Nottingham University (UK), Renishaw plc (New Mills, UK), TWI Technology Centre (Rotherham, UK). The result of these activities led to futher collaboration with these firms.
Participation in cross-Catapult forums provided an opportunity to be in touch with main research centres within UK, and in particular keeping the University of Strathclyde up to date on additive manufacturing, as well as to exchange the ideas for future collaborative projects.
Doctor of Science, Institute for Metals Superplasticity Problems, Russian Academy of Sciences
5 Nov 2005 → 30 Jun 2011
Award Date: 30 Jun 2011
Master of Science, Ufa State Aviation Technical University
1 Sep 2000 → 25 Jul 2005
Award Date: 25 Jul 2005
Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Ufa State Aviation Technical University
1 Sep 2000 → 24 Jun 2004
Award Date: 24 Jun 2004
- Severe Plastic Deformation (SPD)
- Cryogenic deformation
- Abnormal grain growth
- Electron backscattering diffraction (EBSD)
- Ultra fine-grained (UFG) materials
- Deformation-induced boundaries (DIBs)
- Structure transformations in pure copper
- Thin Films
- Damascene Copper Wires
- nickel based super alloys
- additive manufacturing
- Transmission electron microscopy (TEM)
- scanning electron microscopy (SEM)
- optical metallography
- mechanical testing
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Konkova, T., Korznikova, E., Aletdinov, A. & Khalikova, G., 15 Sep 2020, In: Materials Letters. 275, 128063.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile
Influence of laser power and powder feed rate on the microstructure evolution of laser metal deposited Ti-5553 on forged substratesHicks, C., Konkova, T. & Blackwell, P., 31 Dec 2020, In: Materials Characterization. 170, 12 p., 110675.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review