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Cyril Besnard

Postdoctoral Research Assistant

TEL: 01865 283447
COLLEGE: Trinity


Cyril obtained his PhD in Materials in 2017 at Imperial College London (thesis: Silicon doped boron carbide for armour), funded by Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL). Prior to his PhD, he graduated from Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Ingénieurs en Arts Chimiques et Technologiques in Toulouse in 2010 and then he did a French international intership Program (VIE) in Saint-Gobain, Canada.

Research Interests

  • Research of new advanced material
  • New discovery about dental caries
  • Biomimetics, remineralisation
  • Characterisation of materials using a wide range of innovative techniques: electron microscopy, Raman spectroscopy, mechanical tests, and so forth.
  • 3D image analysis
  • Data analysis software
  • Synchrotron x-ray experiment: diffraction, micro computed tomography, spectroscopy
  • Armour, processing of ceramics


  • Uzun F, Salimon AI, Statnik ES, Besnard C, Chen J, Moxham T, Salvati E, Wang Z, Korsunsky AM. (2020) "Polar transformation of 2D X-ray diffraction patterns and the experimental validation of the hDIC technique." Measurement, 151:107193
  • Hsu CC, Serio A, Amdursky N, Besnard C, Stevens MM. (2018) "Fabrication of Hemin-Doped Serum Albumin- Based Fibrous Scaffolds for Neural Tissue Engineering Applications." ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 10(6):5305-5317

Conference paper:

  • Salvati E, Besnard C, Harper RA, Moxham T, Shelton RM, Landini G, Korsunsky AM. (2019) "Crack Tip Stress Field Analysis of Crack Surface Contact and Opening during In Situ Wedge Loading of Human Enamel." Key Engineering Materials 2019, 827:85–91

Awards and Prizes

  • 2019 2nd Prize for poster, The 4th Annual Advances in X-Ray Imaging Workshop, UK.
  • 2018 The Tony Evans Memorial Prize 2018 (Annual award to the student with the best PhD thesis in the Ceramics discipline as determined by the Director of the Structural Ceramics Centre based on the examiner’s report)
  • 2013 – 2016 Ph.D. Scholarship funded by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, UK
  • 2015 2nd Prize for Design and Layout in Poster Session, 2015 Postgraduate Day, Department of Materials, Imperial College London, London, UK