28 July 2016

Core Group


Maria Letizia Ruello, female, chemistry, Senior Researcher in Material Science and Technology, and Research Manager for the “sustainable valorization of by-products of the Critical Raw Materials recycling”

From 2013 Coordinator of the inter-departmental task force on Critical Raw Materials and contact person for the European Innovation Partnership EIP on Raw Material SUBST-EXTREME (Technology Pillar; Priority Area: Substitution of raw materials; Action area n° I.8: Materials under extreme conditions 1) Substitution of CRM in heat resistant super alloys, 2) Substitution of CRM in hard materials

2012-2014 Academic Tutor of the 1th joint program (Russia-Italy) for the double PhD degree in “Engineering Sciences”

From 2012 Member of the technical committee of Marche Region Government for the development of guideline useful for the selection of land for specific industrial plant with a view to the sustainable management of the environment and the territory.

2010-2011 Scientific coordinator of the International Project Italy-Russia “CATACLEAN – Catalytic reaction for self-cleaning furniture panel (No. F55E08000150001)” co-funded by the National Institute for Foreign Trade (ICE) and BABINI SPA-Office as business partner.

From 2004 Assistant Professor of Industrial Emission Characterization in the degree course of Environmental sustainability and Civil Protection of the Università Politecnica delle Marche.

Vice Chair - STSMs Leader

Prof Pavel Novak_CZAssoc. Prof. Pavel Novak, Ph.D. is associate professor in the Department of Metals and Corrosion Engineering of University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague (UCT Prague) and  vice-dean of Faculty of Chemical Technology of UCT Prague. PhD in Metallurgy since 2006 (dissertation thesis: “Plasma nitriding of Nb-alloyed tool steel produced by powder metallurgy”), assoc. prof. since 2011 (habilitation thesis: “Preparation, properties and applications of intermetallics”). Author or co-author of over 80 ISI papers, over 90 Conference Papers and 2 patents in the field of metallurgy and materials science. He participated on 7 national projects including Centre of Excellence (Czech Science Foundation) and Centre of Competency (Technology Agency of Czech Republic) and coordinated 2 national projects. The main research interests are intermetallics and powder metallurgy.

In CA15102 he acts as a vice-chair of the action, as well as the member of the WG2, responsible for design of novel CRM-free materials based on intermetallics.

WG4 Leader

Dr Andreas Bartl_ATSince 2002 Andreas Bartl is teaching and researching at Vienna University of Technology at the institute of Chemical Engineering. In 2012 he received the conferment of the right to lecture (“venia docendi”) and the academic title “Privatdozent” which complies with Associate Professor. Before joining the University he worked in the industry at Hirtenberger AG in Lower Austria for four years. He was head of the R & D department for pyrotechnics as well as responsible for the production in the primer plant. His most important project was the development of non-toxic ignition mixtures for small ammunition and automotive applications.

Andreas holds a PhD degree in Technical Science from Vienna University of Technology. During his thesis he was working as project assistant and investigated the reduction process of non-sag tungsten powder further used for in incandescent bulb. The work was carried out in cooperation with Philips Lighting Maarheeze, The Netherlands. The work was awarded the Wolf Johannes Müller price. Before that he received a degree of “Diplomingenieur” which complies with MSc. The practical work included chemical vapor deposition experiments. On the one hand diamond have been deposited on WC/Co hard metals coated with WC films. On the other hand the deposition and etching of cubic boron nitride was investigated.

Andreas holds lectures in mechanical engineering, fiber technology and recycling and is responsible for several laboratory tutorials and seminars in the field of mechanical process engineering. He has supervised several diploma and doctoral theses mainly in cooperation with industrial partners. The topics are located in the field of recycling. The main expertise of Andreas Bartl is located in recycling and the morphological characterization of particles by optical image analysis.

WG1 Leader

Dr Radu Robert PiticescuDr. Radu-Robert PITICESCU, is senior researcher and Head of the Center for Technology Transfer in Advanced Materials from the National R&D Institute for Nonferrous and Rare Metals. He is PhD in Materials Science since 1998 and performed more research stages in Politecnico di Torino-Italy, CNRS PROMES Font Romeu-France and TORR International USA related to nanomaterials and coatings. He obtained post-doctoral degrees in the Management of European Projects and Technology Broker. He published over 30 ISI papers and 60 Conference Papers in the field of materials science and engineering. Since 2000 he was participant in one NATO Science for Peace and more FP5, FP6 and FP7 European projects.

Presently he is Director of the H2020 TWINN 692216 project The VIRTUAL Centre for Integration of INNOVATIVE synthesis and processing methods for SUSTAINABLE advanced Materials operating under Extreme Conditions-SUPERMAT (2016-2018). As WG1 co-leader he is committed to strengthen the cooperation between SUPERMAT and COST Action CA15102 in modelling and simulation to understand the role of CRMs in different matrices by thermodynamic modelling and contribute to establish the best available methods for chemical composition analysis.

Training School Leader

Dr. Zara Petkova Cherkezova-ZhelevaDr. Zara Petkova Cherkezova-Zheleva is Associated Professor at the Institute of Catalysis – Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (since 2011). She is PhD in Physical Chemistry (since 2006). Her research interests are in the field of material science: preparation, characterization and study of bulk and nanoscale materials; mechanochemistry as a preparation and activation method in laboratory and industry; Mössbauer spectroscopy, powder X-ray diffraction, relaxation phenomena, mixed valence compounds, chemical environmental problems, green and sustainable chemical processes. She published over 120 refereed publications with more than 400 citations.

Her main activities include: leadership and participation in more than 20 national and international research projects; training of PhD students, young scientists and students; preparation of expert assessments for the research and industry; expert services as a reviewer of research projects and publications.

Presently, she is a Member of Bulgarian Coordination Council on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (since 2008) and Head of section “Clusters, nanoparticles and composites” (since 2011); Board Member of Bulgarian Crystallographic Society; Treasurer of Bulgarian Catalysis Club; Member of Society of Bulgarian Tribologists and Union of Chemists.

Dr. Zheleva is a Member of the Organizing Committees of 15 International Scientific Conferences, Workshops and Schools on Nanosciences, Crystallography, Heterogeneous Catalysis and spectra refinement.

WG3 Leader

Mr Iakovos Yakoumis_ELIakovos Yakoumis was born in 1974 in Athens (Greece) while his origin is the Greek Island of Naxos (Kyklades Prefecture). He obtained his M.Sc. degree in Chemical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens at 1997. The same year, he performed his diploma thesis in the Shell Research and Technology Centre, Amsterdam (The Netherlands). From the year 2012, he is a Ph.D. Candidate of the School of Mining and Metallurgical Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens.
He founded his first company in the age of 23 (just after his graduation from the National Technical University of Athens). He is the founder and the managing director of the following companies: IGVP Engineering Consultants Ltd. (foundation date 1997), Monolithos Catalysts & Recycling Ltd. (foundation date 2000) and Photovoltaic Park of Azalas Naxos (foundation date 2007).
He has published 13 research papers in international scientific journals. The citation index, of these papers, has exceeded 1000 citations (Google Scholar). He has presented more than 20 papers in international scientific conferences and he has published more than 10 invited articles in Greek media (technical and newspapers). He has been invited to give lectures in the course of European Materials Research Society (EMRS) 2016 spring meeting, by University of Padova (Chemical Engineering Department) and the Association of Chemical Industries of Italy (Federchimica). He has been appointed as peer reviewer in one international scientific journal and as reviewer of Horizon 2020 proposals.
In 2000, at the age of 26, he was honored for the Organization of the Greek Small and Medium Enterprises with the Panhellenic Award of the Best Young Businessman of the Year. He was member of the board of several local and business associations. For example, he was member of the Scientific Board of the Greek Observatory for Young Entrepreneurship, Vice-president of the Attiki Association of Young Businessman, Member of the director’s board of Association of Industries of the Area Athens-Piraeus, etc.
He has served as elected Vice-President of the city council of Naxos and Small Cyclades Municipality.

Communication and Dissemination Leader

Dr Santiago Cuesta Lopez_ES

Santiago Cuesta López has the mention of “Distinguished Researcher”. Director of the International Research Center in Critical Raw Materials for Advanced Industrial Technologies. Director of the Advanced Materials, Nuclear technology and applied Nanotechnology Department.

S. Cuesta coordinates the Regional activity and the participation of ICCRAM as Task partner within the EIT KIC on Raw Materialsand he is deeply involved in the activities of the EU EIP Raw Materials. In particular, he is leader of the WP1 in the EIP-Raw Materials Action Group 1.7 RESET, and WP1 within the Action Group SUBST-EXTREME 1.8. Recently he has also joined the commitment PROMETIA.

S. Cuesta is executive member of EU NANOFUTURES as chairman of the Working Group on Critical Raw Materials. Member of the international committee ISO/AENOR CTN 73, and of the Strategic Expert Group (SEG) for M-ERANET EU-Commission.

Presently Santiago directs for ICCRAM eight EU-H2020 projects, including the coordination of two projects at European level. Of relevance, he is coordinator of the FET-OPEN project ICARUS targeting new alloys for extreme applications in aerospace. Santiago coordinates two transnational excellence networks dealing with materials and advanced technology: MULTINANOMAT  and INCRAM: “International Network in Critical Raw Materials Substitution”.

Santiago has been partner/director in more than 30 internationally funded projects, authored/co-authored more than 100 publications and technical communications to industry, and received 5 scientific reputed awards.

WG3 Leader

Mr Shai Essel_ILMr. Shai Essel, has earned his B.Sc and B.A in materials science and physics at the Technion- Israel Institute of Technology. Mr. Essel has been accepted to work as a research assistant within his undergrad studies and following his graduation he was offered a researcher position in the Israel Institute of Metals (Technion Research and Development Foundation). Mr Essel have been involved in different technological developments with industrial partners, mainly in the field of aluminium and magnesium production. During his time at the IIM he has been in charge of promoting and leading national and international cooperation’s. Examples of them are INFOAM (Hungarian-Israeli), NAPREAL (Italian-Israeli), Thermaco (EC- FP7 GA 608978), NOVAMAG (EC- H2020 GA 686056). As for national projects he leads the IIM teams in with different clients with strong interest in Aluminium and Magnesium production and innovation. Currently he completes his master theses in the field of High Entropy Alloys under the supervision of the Technion’s prof. Menachem Bamberger. The main fields of interest of his laboratory is the industrialization via cost efficient production of cutting edge metals and parts.

In CRM-EXTREME, Mr. Essel is part of the core group and leading WG3 – Industrial relevance.

WGs Coordinator

Dr Maria Luisa Grilli_ITDr. Maria Luisa Grilli, is researcher at ENEA, the Italian national agency for new technologies, energy and sustainable economic development (Rome, Italy), and is member of the ENEA task force for the EITRawMaterials.

She graduated in Physics at the University of Rome “La Sapienza” (1992) and received her PhD in Materials Engineering at University of Rome “Tor Vergata” in 2001.

She worked for an 11 months fellowship at the Laser Zentrum Hannover (Germany) in the frame of the Human Capital Mobility Network, Project “High Quality Thin Films for Laser Applications”, and was awarded several national fellowships and post doc grants.

Dr Grilli worked from 1997 to 2005 at the Department of Chemical Science and Technology of University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, focusing on electrochemical gas sensors. She was Assistant Professor of Material Technology and Applied Chemistry from 1999 to 2005. Main research topics are design and fabrication (by PVD techniques) and characterization of optical interference coatings for laser and space applications, R&D of coatings for thin film solar cells and optoelectronic devices, R&D of corrosion resistant coatings (oxides, nitrides, reduced graphene oxide (GO prepared by the modified Hummer’s method)). She was involved in several EU, bilateral and national projects, and co-organizer and speaker at international conferences. She is peer reviewer for National European research proposals (Czech Republic) and referee member of more than 10 international journals. She is co-author of more than 80 papers in the material’s science field, 40 of which on peer reviewed international journals. She is member of the Italian Society of Optics and Photonics (SIOF), coordinator of WG2 of the EIP Commitment RESET, “Raw Elements Substitution in Electronic and Optoelectronic Technologies”, and ENEA representative member of the EIP Commitment SUBST-EXTREME,Sustainable substitution in extreme conditions”.

As WGs coordinator she is committed to promote and strengthen the cooperation and the interrelation among the different WGs. She will also be involved in the development of critical raw materials-free innovative coatings for extreme applications.

WG4 Leader

Dr Vjaceslavs LapkovskisMr. Vjaceslavs Lapkovskis is a researcher and consultant for academic and industrial companies, and acting Docent at the Institute of Aeronautics of Riga Technical University (Environmental issues related to transportation with emphasis on aviation and infrastructure topics). He earned Bachelour’s (1994) and Master’s (1997) degrees in chemistry from University of Latvia, and PhD degree (2013) in mechanical engineering from Riga Technical University (Latvia). Dr. Lapkovskis has an extensive experience in materials and environmental sciences, solid waste treatment technologies, and more than 15 years experience in wastes/biomass processing technologies for waste-to-energy systems (incineration, pyrolysis). Dr. Lapkovskis is an author and co-author of more than 45 scientific publications (materials/environmental sciences and materials recycling technologies), co-author of 5 national patents. Dr. Lapkovskis is an independent EC expert/reviewer for FP7/Horizon2020 programmes, currently working on composition of new proposal under EC Horizon 2020 calls (2016-2017), including Future and Emerging Technologies (FET Open), Fast Track to Innovation (FTI), Small and Medium Enterprise promotion (SME Instrument). Since March 2016 he is a WG4 vice-leader of the COST Action CA15102 Solutions for Critical Raw Materials Under Extreme Conditions (CRM-EXTREME).

Gender Issue Leader

Prof Zoran-Pandilov_MKProfessor Dr. Zoran Pandilov obtained his Ph.D. in Machine Tool Design and Automation from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering-Skopje, in Republic of Macedonia.
He is currently a full professor at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering-Skopje,  Republic of Macedonia.
His research interests include CNC Machine Feed Drive  and Main Spindle  Drive Analysis, Construction and  Design; Accuracy of the CNC machine tools;  Linear motor drives; Construction and design of CNC machine tools; CAD/CAM; Flexible automation; Robotics; CIM; Automation of manufacturing systems; Machines with parallel kinematics and Mechatronics.
In the last several years, he started to deal intensively with application of high-tech materials in Machinery manufacturing industry  (CNC Machine tools, Cutting Tools, Robots, Mechatronic Systems, etc.), activity closely connected with COST Action CA-15102. He is very interested to see the possible substitution of currently used high-tech materials with new more cheaper and new eco-friendly materials in Machinery manufacturing industry.
He is an author for more than one hundred and ninety scientific articles and projects.

WG2 Leader

Prof Lucyna JaworskaProfessor Lucyna Jaworska: head of the Centre for Materials Research and Sintering Technology at the Institute of Advanced Manufacturing Technology (Kraków, Poland). Main fields of scientific interest: obtaining new materials through a variety of sintering methods: free, high pressure-high temperature, FAST, microwave; improvement of manufacturing techniques for ceramics and composites; investigating properties of materials: studies of physical, chemical and mechanical properties (structural, microstructural, phases analysis, wear and thermal resistance). She was the leader of several grants in materials technology, funded by the Polish National Centre for Research and Development, coordinator and/or participating in several projects co-funded by the EU (Framework Programmes, structural funds). Now, she is coordinating the SINTERCER project: “Development of a SINTERing CEntRe and know-how exchange for non equilibrium sintering methods of advanced ceramic composite materials.” REGPOT, 7 FP UE, , Grant Agreement No. 316232 2013-2016. Lucyna Jaworska is the member of the Polish Ceramic Society, professor at the Institute of Technology, Pedagogical University (Kraków, Poland), member of scientific councils: the Foundry Research Institute and the Institute of Metallurgy and Materials Science. She awarded many prizes at international exhibitions and scientific fairs and she is author and co-author of over 160 publications, 4 books and 7 patents.

WG2 Leader

Dr Saurav Goel_UKDr. Saurav Goel, an Early Career Investigator (ECI), joined Queen’s University of Belfast, UK in June 2013. Prior to joining QUB, he finished his PhD from Heriot-Watt University (HWU) in a record span of 30 months. This success stems from his strong basic qualifications i.e. honours graduation in Mechanical Engineering followed by Master’s in Business administration alongside his 3 years of industrial experience with India’s Largest Construction Conglomerate Larsen and Toubro Limited (L&T). Subsequently, he earned the professional qualifications of CEng and has completed the prestigious educational qualification of FHEA.

Aside from teaching awards, he is also a prized researcher which is evident from his 30 Journal papers published in the top 5% quartile journals attracting a total citation of 375 within a short span of 2 years. He envisage to bring his knowledge and his network of atomic/molecular simulations and state-of-the-art experiments in order to lead one of the work groups of this CA15102 Action to discover the alternatives of the critical raw materials e.g. W, Mo, Co and Ni. He is a full time member of the IET Tribology network and in addition to this Cost Action CA15102, he is also closely associated with another Cost Action MP1303.

Inclusiveness Leader

Prof Dragan RajnovicDr Dragan Rajnović, is an Assistant Professor of Materials and Joining Technologies at the University of Novi Sad, Faculty of Technical Sciences, Novi Sad, Serbia. Furthermore, he is also an Early Career Investigator (ECI), as he defends his doctoral thesis in 2015, at the University of Novi Sad. During his scientific carrier (research and teaching) in the Laboratory for Materials Testing, Department of Production Engineering, Faculty of Technical Sciences he published 22 papers in international journals and has over 90 other scientific works.

His field of interest is toward microstructure property relationship in both conventional engineering materials (ferrous and non-ferrous alloys and weldments) and advanced materials (ADI materials, ceramics, superalloys), and to the variety of characterization techniques like, mechanical tests, wear tests, image analysis, SEM, TEM and EDS, which can be used for that study.

WG1 Leader

Prof Fatima MontemorM.F. Montemor, Associated Prof., Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisboa, Portugal

The Group pf Corrosion Science and Surface Engineering at IST, is internationally recognised by the leadership in developing new strategies for corrosion protection of metallic parts.

M.F. Montemor research objectives are focussed in the area of new surface functionalization routes and development of novel coatings for corrosion protection and increased durability of metallic components (steel, Mg and Al alloys) for application in the transportation sector (automotive and aeronautics), construction and infra-structures (on-shore and off shore) and energy production and storage. She is co-author of more than 150 scientific papers published in International journals and more than 250 works presented in international and national congresses. Her h index is above 42. Currently, she is President of the European Federation of Corrosion and Editor of the Elsevier Journal “Applied Surface Science”. She has been serving as expert for the Research Fund for Coal and Steel – RFS programme (TGS5 committee).

Her expertise on the development of new routes, based on environmentally green solutions, for corrosion protection is a valuable asset for this COST action.

ECI Leader

Dr Simon De Corte_BESimon De Corte was born in 1986 in Knokke-Heist (Belgium). He obtained his M.Sc. degree in Bio-science engineering, specialization environmental technology at Ghent University in 2009. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in 2013 at the Laboratory of Microbial Ecology and Technology (LabMET) of Ghent University.

After a short career as environmental consultant in the private sector, he returned to the Tech Transfer department of Ghent University where he started working in October 2013 as a program manager for raw materials for the university. He has been closely involved in the setting up of the in 2014 approved knowledge and innovation community (KIC) EIT Raw Materials, and has been involved in the application and execution of several networking, upscaling and education projects within the framework of EIT Raw Materials. In addition, he has been active during initiation and preparation of a Flemish regional program on ‘Materials from Residues’ (SIM-MaRes) and several applications of Horizon 2020 projects. Since 2016, he is a member of the management committee of COST action CRM-Extreme. His expertise lies in environmental technology, assessments and processing, but also in the concepts of recycling and substitution of critical raw materials.

ECI Leader

Prof Mirja Illikainen_FIProf. Mirja Illikainen is the head of the Fibre and particle engineering research unit. The Fibre and particle engineering research unit carries out research in the field of biomaterials, biochemicals and advanced inorganic materials in circular economy. Prof. Illikainen is also a chair of Advanced inorganic materials and circular economy – research community at the university of Oulu. Illikainen has published more than 40 scientific papers in the field of cellulose fibres, industrial minerals and processing and utilization of inorganic residuals, and got together 12 research grants and awards. She has lead several public research projects and currently she is PI in four projects dealing with geopolymers and several other research projects in the field of fibre and particle engineering.

Geopolymer reseach at the Fibre and Particle Engineering has focused on geopolymeric binders with raw materials from secondary sources such as biomass fly ashes and underutilized metallurgical slags. Within this COST Action our aim is to study the suitability of ceramic geopolymer fibre composites in oxidative and corrosive environments in order to find alternatives for critical raw materials used in steel alloys

Dr. Päivi Kivikytö-Reponen, is working VTT Technical Research Centre as a Senior Scientist. She has totally over 19 years’ working experience on the field of materials science and materials performance especially on severe wear environments. At VTT Technical Research Centre she has the active working subjects of resource efficiency and material efficiency, life-time extension, sustainable material substitution, utilization of secondary raw material, covering especially the groups of metallic, ceramic and composite materials. During industrial career (2005-2012) she worked as a project manager mainly on the fields of mining, recycling and paper+pulp, specialized on material development, testing and characterization in severe conditions. She received her PhD in 2006 from Helsinki University of Technology on materials science.

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