Invited speakers














  • Dr Joe Minervini
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA


  • Dr M’hamed Lakrimi
    Siemens Magnet Technology, UK



  • Charles Monroe
    Monroe Brothers Ltd, UK



Speaker Biographies



Stephen Blundell is a Professor of Physics in Oxford University, working in the Department of Physics, and based in the Clarendon Laboratory. He is also a Professorial Fellow of Mansfield College, Oxford. He was Head of Condensed Matter Physics from 2008-2011. His research is concerned with using muon-spin rotation and magnetoresistance techniques to study a range of organic and inorganic materials, particularly those showing interesting magnetic, superconducting, or dynamical properties. Recently he has been developing a technique called DFT+μ for understanding muon sites and also working on a project to upgrade Oxford's Pulsed Field system to generate higher magnetic fields.  He is part of Oxford’s Centre for Applied Superconductivity.  He is the author or co-author of five books, which include “Magnetism in Condensed Matter” (OUP, 2001) and "Superconductivity: A Very Short Introduction" (OUP, 2009).



  David Larbalestier is a materials scientist who has spent his professional career developing, understanding, improving and using superconductors in practical wire forms.  He gained his BS and PhD at the Imperial College, afterwards joining the Rutherford Laboratory, where he worked on the development of the first multifilamentary Nb3Sn conductors and magnets, one outcome of which was the first filamentary Nb3Sn NMR magnet made jointly with an Oxford Instrument Company team.  He joined the University of Wisconsin in 1976, continuing to work on filamentary Nb3Sn and later the materials science and processing of still the most widely used superconductor, Niobium Titanium. On the discovery of HTS materials in 1987, he established programs in defect and grain boundary studies so as to understand better the differing roles of vortex pinning and grain boundary obstructions in controlling Jc. He became director of the Applied Superconductivity Center in 1991 and developed many industry, national laboratory and other university group collaborations that have been influential in developing HTS conductor and magnet technology.  Joining the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory in 2006 with the mission of driving HTS materials into ultra-high field magnets, he has led efforts on HTS materials and magnets that have recently achieved fields of more than 45 T.  Former students, post-doctoral workers and sabbatical visitors to ASC are widely dispersed in the superconductivity community in the US, Europe and Asia.


  Professor Susannah Speller has recently been appointed as an Associate Professor in the Materials Department, University of Oxford, having previously held a Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellowship. She has over 15 years of experience in the field of applied superconductivity, and leads a research group that focuses on tailoring the performance of a wide range of superconducting materials by microstructural engineering on the micro and nano scale.  She is Co-Director of the new Oxfordshire Centre for Applied Superconductivity, a £6.49M project funded by BIS through the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership, to link research in Oxford University with the interests and requirements of the cluster of industrial exploiters of superconductivity in Oxfordshire (


  Martin Wilson started work in the Nuclear Power Industry, but shortly moved to the Rutherford Laboratory where he initially worked on producing pulsed high magnetic fields by capacitor discharge.  He then joined the Superconductivity Group working on the idea of building a superconducting synchrotron.  In order to avoid flux jumping, minimize ac losses and reduce field perturbations, the Group developed (in collaboration with IMI Titanium) the filamentary superconducting wires which are now used universally for magnet making.  Rutherford Cable was also developed by this group and has been used in every superconducting synchrotron built so far - most recently the LHC. 

Moving to Oxford Instruments, Martin supervised two industrial accelerator projects using superconductivity.  Firstly Helios was a £10m compact superconducting storage ring X-ray source for use in microchip lithography.  Secondly Oscar was a compact medical cyclotron for producing PET isotopes and weighing only ~ 1/10 as much as a conventional machine.

At CERN, he worked on the stability of Rutherford cables for use in the LHC.  Returning to Oxford he spent his final years with the company trying to commercialize the use of high temperature superconductors HTS in magnets.

He is the author of 76 scientific papers and the book ‘Superconducting Magnets’. 

Following his retirement, Martin has continued to work as a consultant and an educator in the field of applied superconductivity.


  John Durrell is Reader in Applied Superconductivity and group leader of the Bulk Superconductivity Group in the University of Cambridge Engineering Department. From October 2010 until September 2014 he was a Senior Research Associate in the group and from 2014 until 2017 he was a University Lecturer. He is a Fellow and Assistant Director of Studies for 1A Engineering at Pembroke College. Previously John has held research positions at the University of Linz and the University of Cambridge. Most recently he held an EPSRC Advanced Research Fellowship in the Device Materials Group of the Materials Science Department. John holds a PhD in Materials Science from the University of Cambridge and an MSci in Physics from Imperial College.


  Simon Clarke is a Professor of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of Oxford & Official Fellow of Exeter College. The research in his group is geared toward the synthesis of exotic new solids and investigating the interplay of composition, crystal structure and physical properties.



Chris studied electrical engineering at University College, London and began working in electromagnetic finite element methods while at GEC Power Engineering in the late 1970’s. In the 1980’s, he joined Compeda, the UK Government CAD software house, and later held a lectureship in CAD and electromechanics at Liverpool University before joining Vector Fields in 1986 (now part of Cobham), where he is currently Engineering Manager. He is author of more than 70 papers and is experienced in modelling a wide range of applications of electromagnetic technology, including superconducting magnets for accelerators and medicine. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, has served two terms on the IET professional network management team in electromagnetics and is now on the Management Committee of the UK Magnetics Society.



  Alessandro Casaburi is Lecturer at University of Glasogow (UK) and co-leader of the Quantum sensors group. He received his degree in Physics from University of Naples “Federico II” and a PhD in Physics from the University of Salerno in Italy (2010). During this time, He worked on the development and characterization of innovative design of superconducting nanowires based single photon sensor (SNSPDs) and electronics. After his Physics degree, He spent one year as RA at University of Salerno in Italy and in 2012 He was awarded a Japan as Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) fellowship to carry out research on superconducting single molecule detectors at AIST, Tsukuba, Japan. Successively, He moved to Heriot-Watt University (UK) as RA and in 2013 He moved to the University of Glasgow as Marie Curie IEF fellow to work on the development of SNSPDs array for advanced application in remote sensing, imaging and diagnostics. In October 2015, he took up the Lectureship in the School of Engineering at the University of Glasgow. Actually, He is mostly working on the development of superconducting electronics for the readout of next generation SNSPDs arrays to be used in on-chip integrated quantum photonics, quantum imaging and long distance communication applications.



Professor Damian Hampshire is head of the Superconductivity Group in the Physics Department in Durham University, England. He is PI for the European Reference Laboratory for Fusion Energy, member of the Executive Board of the British Cryogenics Council and Chairman of the International Programme Committee for the European Conference on Applied Superconductivity, EuCAS (Glasgow) 2019. He was Editor-in-chief of the IoP journal Superconductor Science and Technology (2006-2013) and founding Director of the Centre for Materials Physics in Durham (2010).

Research highlights include: Experimental [1], theoretical [2], computational evidence [3] and visualisation [4] that in polycrystalline materials, flux-flow is along channels (i.e. grain-boundaries in polycrystalline materials) that limit the critical current density (Jc) to less than 1% of the theoretical limit in high magnetic fields; The design, in-house fabrication, development and operation of variable-temperature instruments for measuring, developing and understanding the strain-dependant critical current density of superconductors in magnetic fields in-house and at international high magnetic field facilities [5]; The discovery of a new class of nanocrystalline materials where the high magnetic field properties are improved by making the length scales for the microstructure to be similar to the superconducting coherence length [6]; Development of the metrology for measuring large numbers of high-field superconducting strands for the $50 B fusion energy tokamak being built in France and the development of joints for the commercial exploitation of fusion energy [7]. 

[1] Guanmei Wang, Mark J. Raine, and Damian P. Hampshire.  How resistive must grain boundaries in polycrystalline superconductors be, to limit Jc? - SUST 20 104001 (2017)   [2] G. J. Carty and D. P. Hampshire -  The critical current density of an SNS Josephson-junction in high magnetic fields - SuST 26 065007 (2013)  [3,4] G. J. Carty and D. P. Hampshire - Visualising the mechanism that determines the critical current density in polycrystalline superconductors using time-dependent Ginzburg-Landau theory - Phys. Rev. B. 77 (2008) 172501 [5] Kozo Osamura, Shutaro Machiya and Damian Hampshire.  Mechanism for the uniaxial strain dependence of the critical current in practical REBCO tapes - SUST 29 065019 (2016) D. M. J. Taylor and D. P. Hampshire - The scaling law for the strain-dependence of the critical current density in Nb3Sn superconducting wires - Supercond. Sci. Tech 18 (2005) S241-S252 [6] H J Niu and D P Hampshire - Disordered Nanocrystalline Superconducting PbMo6S8 with a Very Large Upper Critical Field. Phys. Rev. Lett 91 027002 (2003) [7] T. Lee, I. Jenkins, E. Surrey and D. P. Hampshire -  Optimal design of a toroidal field magnet system and cost of electricity implications for a tokamak using high temperature superconductors Fusion Engineering and Design 98 (2015) DOI: 10.1016/j.fusengdes.2015.06.125



  Luca Bottura is a Nuclear Engineer at the Engineering Faculty of the University of Bologna (Italy), and has received a PhD from the University College of Swansea (Wales, UK) for the physical modeling, scaling and numerical analysis of quench in large force-flow cooled superconducting coils. After nine years of experience in the design and testing of superconducting cables and magnets for fusion (NET and ITER), he joined CERN in 1995, where he initially supervised field mapping activities for the LHC magnets, and devised the Field Description for the LHC (FiDeL), an embedded system of the LHC controls. As of July 2011, he is the leader of the MSC group in the CERN Technology Department, in charge of the resistive and superconducting magnets for the CERN accelerator complex, the associated manufacturing and test technologies, and installations.



Amalia Coldea currently holds an independent research position funded by the EPSRC through a Career Acceleration Fellowship at the University of Oxford and is a Senior Research Fellow at Somerville College, Oxford. Previously, she held a Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship at the University of Bristol and University of Oxford. Before that, she was Departmental Lecturer and Post-Doctoral Research Assistant at the University of Oxford, after her PhD in Oxford at the Queen's College. She was a member of the Superconductivity Group Committee of the Institute of Physics until October 2012, and the SelCom, EuroMagnet II Selection Committee for access to the high magnetic fields facilities in Europe until December 2012. Since 2011, she has been organizing annually the Oxford Symposium on Quantum Materials. Amalia Coldea is currently involved in the development of new research activities of the Oxford Centre for Applied Superconductivity.  



Dr Ziad Melhem is the Alliances Manager at Oxford Instruments NanoScience (OINS), managing OINS Alliances including Consultancy Projects, Collaborative R&D, strategic projects on Nanotechnology applications including, Quantum Technologies and 2D materials and partner in the Graphene Flagship programme, large scale superconducting systems, High Field and High Temperature Superconducting (HTS) applications  including materials modelling and characterisation, with over 26 years’ experience in applied superconductivity, Low and High temperature superconducting (LTS & HTS) materials, low temperature and cryogenic applications for scientific, medical and industrial sectors including energy. Ziad has successfully led the development and testing of the world’s first 22.5T research magnet using LTS and HTS superconducting materials at 4.2 Kelvin and led many consultancy and special projects involving business development activities. Recently, Ziad programme managed the successful completion of the first generation of high field wide bore superconducting magnets. Ziad is active at national and international level and has co-organised events on superconducting applications and is an industrial supervisor for Physics and Engineering students. Ziad is the the editor of specialist books published by woodehead – Elsiever  on High Tempertaure Superconducting (HTS) applications for Energy Applications  (2012) and on  Electricity transmission, distribution and storgae systems by Woodhead-Elsiever Publishing House  ( 2013) and authored a special report on superconducting materials and applications published by the UK Materials Network and launched at the House of Lords, London, UK in June 2011. Ziad is a member of the Institute of Physics (IOP) Superconductivity committee and Secretary of the British Cryogenic Council (BCC) and Chairman of Industrial Steering Committee - CDT in Energy Storage and its Applications at Southampton University; Ziad Chaired the Innovation Partner Scheme (IPS) Panel of the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) (Aug2011 Aug-2014) and Chaired the IOP Superconductivity Summer School at Oxford (2010,2012, 2014) and member of organising committees at MT23 and EUCAS 2015.



Dr Mark Ainslie is an Engineering and Physical Sciences (EPSRC) Early Career Fellow in the Bulk Superconductivity Group, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge, where his current research focuses on magnetisation techniques for bulk superconductors to develop super-strength, portable magnets that can provide magnetic fields much higher than conventional permanent magnets. He is also a Fellow and Director of Studies for Part IB Engineering at King’s College, Cambridge.

He holds B.E. (Electrical & Electronic) & B.A. (Japanese) degrees from the University of Adelaide, Australia, an M.Eng. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tokyo, Japan, and a Ph.D. in Engineering from the University of Cambridge. From 2012-2017, Dr Ainslie was a Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellow in the Bulk Superconductivity Group, investigating engineering interactions of conventional, magnetic and superconducting materials for electrical applications, focused on the design of an axial gap, trapped flux-type superconducting electrical machine. He has won numerous awards, including the 2011 European Society for Applied Superconductivity (ESAS) Young Researcher Award related to his Ph.D. research on the measurement and calculation of transport ac losses in high-temperature superconducting coils, and is co-holder of the Guinness World Record for the strongest magnetic field trapped in a bulk superconductor.


Dr Yuri Pashkin is Professor of Condensed Matter Physics at Lancaster University and Director of the Lancaster Center for Quantum Technologies. He is a fellow of the Institute of Physics and a member of the Superconductivity Group. He was the holder of the Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award (2012-2017). He obtained his PhD and DSc degrees from Lebedev Physical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow. Before taking up a professorship at Lancaster in 2011, he spent 15 years at the research laboratory of NEC Corporation in Tsukuba, Japan, working in the role of Principal Researcher in the last 6 years. While at NEC, Dr. Pashkin and his collaborators performed ground-breaking experiments on Josephson circuits demonstrating for the first time quantum coherence in a solid-state device which is now regarded as the first solid-state qubit. His current research interests include the physics of superconducting quantum devices and their applications for sensing, quantum metrology with Coulomb blockade devices and nanoelectromechanical systems as probes of superfluids.

Key dates

    • Early registration deadline:
      13 June 2018
    • Registration deadline:
      2 July 2018