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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 Institute of Physics (IOP) Superconductivity Group's Brian Pippard Prize 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

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Teaching & Learning in Higher Education, Postgraduate Certificate , University of Cambridge

Oct 2020Sept 2021

Electrical Engineering, Doctor of Philosophy, Transport AC Loss in High Temperature Superconducting Coils, University of Cambridge

Jan 2009May 2012

Electrical Engineering, Master of Engineering, Superconducting Fault Current Limiter Design using Series- and Parallel-connected YBCO Thin Films, University of Tokyo

Oct 2006Sept 2008

Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Bachelor of Engineering, University of Adelaide

Jan 2000Dec 2004

Japanese, Bachelor of Arts, University of Adelaide

Jan 2000Dec 2004

External positions

Honorary Research Associate, Robinson Research Institute, Victoria University of Wellington

1 Jul 202331 Aug 2025

Honorary Research Associate, Robinson Research Institute, Victoria University of Wellington

1 Feb 202331 Jan 2026

Honorary Research Associate, Robinson Research Institute, Victoria University of Wellington

1 Dec 202030 Dec 2024


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  • TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
  • TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
  • TL Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics


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