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Dr Mark Ainslie is a Lecturer in Engineering in the Department of Engineering, King's College London.

His research covers a broad range of aspects of applied superconductivity, primarily focused on solving technical challenges related to high-field magnets, superconducting electric machines and other superconducting power applications. His research brings together state-of-the-art materials and applied research, from fundamental materials science to numerical modelling to application design/testing.


Mark received the B.E. (Electrical & Electronic) & B.A. (Japanese) degree from the University of Adelaide, Australia, in 2004; the M.Eng. degree from the University of Tokyo, Japan, in 2008; and the PhD degree from the University of Cambridge, UK, in 2012. From 2017-2022, he was an Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Early Career Fellow in the Bulk Superconductivity Group, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge and his research focused on magnetisation techniques for bulk superconductors to develop super-strength (5 T-class), portable magnets. Prior to this (2012-2017), he was a Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellow in the same research group, investigating various aspects of superconducting electric machine design utilising both wire- and bulk- forms of high-temperature superconducting (HTS) materials.


His research has been recognised by a number of awards and prizes, including the 2011 European Society for Applied Superconductivity (ESAS) Young Researcher's Award, Most Cited Paper 2015 (Modelling of bulk superconductor magnetization) in the Superconductor Science and Technology (SUST) 30th Anniversary Collection in 2017, and the International Cryogenic Materials Commission (ICMC) Cryogenic Materials Award for Excellence in 2021.

Research interests

  • Next-generation superconducting machines for sustainable electric transportation
  • Electrical engineering applications of superconducting materials
  • Portable, desktop high-field magnets for medical & industrial applications
  • Numerical modelling of superconducting materials & applications

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