Duncan Alexander graduated with a PhD in Materials Science and Metallurgy at the University of Cambridge in 2003 for a thesis on the kinetics of metallurgical phase transformations under the direction of Lindsay Greer. From 2003 to 2007 he held a Royal Society Overseas Research Fellowship at the University of Sydney, and then post-doctoral positions at the University of Cambridge and Arizona State University, working first on materials electrochemistry with Carsten Schwandt and Derek Fray, and then the characterization of atmospheric aerosol particles with Peter Crozier and Jim Anderson. In 2007 he came to EPFL as a scientific collaborator in the group of László Forró, and from 2008 to 2017 he was a staff scientist at EPFL’s Interdisciplinary Centre for Electron Microscopy (CIME), specializing in the application of advanced transmission electron microscopy techniques and enabling electron microscopy research activities for groups across EPFL through teaching, training and support. In 2018 he joined the Electron Spectrometry and Microscopy Laboratory (LSME) as a full-time research scientist dedicated to advancing transmission electron microscopy techniques, and was promoted to the status of Research and Teaching Associate. In 2019, together with LSME director Cécile Hébert, he launched the first MOOC on transmission electron microscopy for materials science: https://www.coursera.org/learn/microscopy/
Duncan recently joined the Council of the Institute of Physics as an interim representative for the scientific staff ("corps intermédiaire"). With elections for the new term coming up, he is highly motivated to continue in this role and seeks support for his candidacy. In this role, he looks forwards to representing the interests of his colleagues in the Institute of Physics, by discussing and disseminating information, and being available to listen and bring attention to their ideas at the Council's meetings. To this position he can bring significant experience of being a member of EPFL's scientific staff, and a commitment to contributing to a successful institute.
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Teaching & PhD
Materials Science and Engineering