Dr Konstantin Firestein

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Research Fellow

PhD degree in Material Science (2017). 

Department of “Functional nanosystems and high-temperature materials National University of Science and Technology “MISiS”, Moscow, Russian Federation. 

PhD thesis: “Synthesis of h-BN nanostructures and their application for fabricating Al-based metal matrix composites”. 


Specialist degree (BA/MA-equivalent) in physical chemistry (2012). 

College of New Materials & Nanotechnology, National University of Science and Technology “MISiS”, Moscow, Russian Federation. 

Diploma thesis: “Study of interphase interaction between melt and copper wheel during melt spinning operation”. 

After finishing PhD at National University of Science and Technology “MISIS”, Konstantin became a staff member in Prof. Golberg’s group at Queensland University of Technology. His main research topics  is to study mechanical properties of interface boundaries between metal and ceramic phases (for example Al-BN interfaces), studying catalytic activity of BN-based nanohybrids and utilization of the nanohybrids for water splitting reactions. This research will help to design new types of ultrastrong composite materials and also materials and devices for “green” technologies.

Konstantin’s key skills and competences:

  • Scanning and Transmission electron microscopy;
  • Focus Ion Beam microscopy and nanostructuring
  • Nanomaterials synthesis;
  • Metal matrix composites;

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