28 July 2016

WG 1 – Understanding the role of CRMs

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.

Prof Ernst Gamsjager_ATDr. Ernst Gamsjäger is Associate Professor at the Institute of Mechanics, Montanuniversität Leoben. He received his PhD in 2002 and obtained the “venia docendi” in 2008 for “Mechanics and Thermodynamics of Materials”.

His scientific interest and expertise comprises the following research fields: Equilibrium and non-equilibrium thermodynamics, phase transformations in multi-component systems and micromechanics of materials. He is responsible for the education in Fluid mechanics at Montanuniversität Leoben. He received the “Masing Memorial Award” of the German Society of Materials Science in 2007. E. Gamsjäger benefitted from a four month research stay at the Centre of Metallurgical Processes (Prof. M. Militzer) at University of British Columbia in Canada in 2004 and from a half year stay (2009-2010) at Max-Planck-Institute of Colloids and Interfaces at the department Biomaterials (Prof. P. Fratzl) in Golm, Germany. 

Frequent short time research stays at TU Delft (Prof. S. van der Zwaag) and Friedrich-Schiller University Jena (Prof. M. Rettenmayr) help to continue work on common research interests like phase transformations. He published more than 40 papers in peer-reviewed journals and regularly presents his work at international conferences. He is looking forward to elucidate the role of critical components of materials subjected to extreme conditions by thermodynamic modeling.

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.

Ezio CadoniEzio Cadoni, received his degree, summa cum laude, in Civil Engineering at the University of Cagliari in July 1990, subsequently received the PhD at the Structural Engineering Department of the Politecnico di Torino. In March 1994 he started to collaborate with the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission as Post-Doc fellow and subsequently as scientific officer. Here he developed researches on materials and structures behavior under impact in collaboration of several European laboratories and industrial partners.
After a period in a Swiss consulting engineering firm and its laboratory in Lugano, in 2000 he was appointed lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences of Southern Switzerland. Two years later he joined to this university full time. He has been SUPSI Professor since June 2004.
His teaching covers the fundamentals of structural mechanics and mechanics of materials. In research he concentrates on the dynamic behavior of materials under extreme condition. In 2006 he founded the DynaMat Laboratory (www.supsi.ch/dynamat_en) specialized in the mechanical characterization of materials in tension, compression and shear in a wide range of strain rate and temperature.
He is author of more than hundred papers in peer-reviewed journals. He is member of several technical committes of scientific international societies.
Presently he is the President of the DYMAT association (www.dymat.org).

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.

Prof Giacomo Cao_ITGiacomo Cao was born in Cagliari in September 22, 1960. He got his Master Degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Cagliari in February 1986 and his PhD also in Chemical Engineering at the University of Bologna in 1990. He became Assistant Professor in 1990, Associate Professor in 1992 and Full Professor in 2001. He currently serves as Chairman of the Department of mechanical, chemical and materials engineering as well as as President of the Sardinia Aerospace District.

He has been recognized one of the 58 world leaders in SHS in October 2007. He has been coordinating/participating several national and international research projects funded by various Companies, Institutions, and Agencies. He is co-author of 3 books, 2 edited books, more than 170 papers in refereed journals, 19 papers in refereed conference proceedings, 12 patents, 20 book chapters, 127 papers in conference proceedings. He has been the co-author of more than 260 presentations at national and international symposia. H-index and total citations are currently 28 and more than 2500, respectively.

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.

Silviya BoychevaAssoc. Prof. Dr. Eng. Silviya Vasileva Boycheva is a lecturer at Technical University of Sofia, Faculty of Power Engineering and Power Machines, Department of Thermal and Nuclear Power Engineering. She is graduated as chemical engineer in 1995, attained PhD degree in 2002 and academic rank Associate Professor in 2012. S. Boycheva specialize in the University of Kassel, Germany, Institute of Nanostructure Technologies and Analytics as Alexander von Humboldt Fellow (2003-2005, 2007, 2009, 2011) and at Optical Coatings Group at Research centre ENEA-Casaccia, Rome, Italy (2005, 2006, 2007). She is a supervisor of 26 diploma and a thesis works. S. Boycheva published a book entitled “Systems and devices for environment protection in thermal energy plants” (2011) and 126 scientific publications. The main research fields are focused on water chemistry and water treatment in thermal and nuclear power plants, corrosion control in energy systems, utilization of coal fly ash by conversion into zeolites, post-combustion carbon capture by physisorption on porous solids, synthesis and investigation of chalcogenide glassy alloys as membrane materials in chemical sensors for heavy ion detection, deposition and investigation of diamond/a-carbon composite films, etc. S. Boycheva is involved in more than 25 local and international research projects. She is a member of Humboldt Union in Bulgaria.

Denitza ZgurevaDenitza Zgureva, Technical University of Sofia, 28 years old, PhD Student.

I have just finished my PhD education and the defence of my PhD thesis is scheduled for the November. My thesis and my scientist interests are in the field of environmental protection in thermal and nuclear power plants. My professional skills are focussed on: coal incineration systems; fly ash as a useful material; utilization of by-products from coal burning; synthesis of inorganic materials; application of synthetic zeolites in gas separation systems; adsorption of gaseous pollutants obtained from coal burning; solid material analyses such as XRD, SEM, IR, and surface properties by physisorption; computational simulation of adsorption processes; passive safety systems in nuclear power plants. Thanks to the laboratory equipment donated to my PhD tutor from the Alexander Von Humboldt Foundation, I work intensively on the analyses of surface properties of solid material (zeolites, mesoporous silicates, polymers, etc.) such as: specific surface area, pore size measurements, pore size distribution, volume of micro and mesopores, volume distribution to the solid surface, characteristic energy of adsorption onto solid surface, etc. My experimental and lab work include also investigation of adsorption in equilibrium and dynamic conditions of different gases onto solid materials.

Dr.Mehmet YilmazDr.Mehmet Yilmaz was born in 1985 in Isparta, Turkey. He got his Ph.D. degree in 2012 from the Department of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, Ataturk University, Erzurum, Turkey. Since 2012, he has been an assistant professor at Department of Elementary Science, Faculty of Education, Ataturk University, in Turkey and he is also a member of Advanced Materials Research Laboratory, Department of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, Graduate School of Natural and Applied Sciences, Ataturk University, in Turkey too. He is the author or co-author of many papers published in international journals. His study areas mainly are;

  • Synthesis of inorganic materials such as ZnO, TiO2, NiO etc.

  • Development and applications of novel materials such as heterojunctions and Schottky diodes

  • The characterizations of bulk and thin film semiconductors.

Prof Atsufumi Hirohata_UKDr Atsufumi Hirohata has just promoted to a Professor in October 2014 after joining the Department of Electronics in September 2007. He has over 10 years of experience in spintronics, ranging from magnetic-domain imaging to spin-current interference. Before coming to York, he was a researcher at RIKEN, a Japanese governmental research institute, for over two years, where he designed a spin-current interference device, which can be used as a spin operation in a spintronic three-terminal transistor. He was before working as a postdoctoral researcher at Tohoku University, and successfully fabricated a perfectly ordered epitaxial full-Heusler alloy films, which was the first report to their knowledge and was acknowledged by several awards. He also worked as a postdoctoral associate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he demonstrated basic function of a phase-change memory, which has been recently released in a market by Intel. He received his PhD in Physics at the University of Cambridge in 2001 and then served as a research associate at the Cavendish Laboratory in order to complete his study on spin detection of optically pumped spin-polarised electrons in a semiconductor with using a ferromagnetic overlayers, which attracted great interests, resulting a few invited talks and papers. He was originally graduated from Keio University for his BSc and MSc studies in Physics.

His present research interests include fabrication of a spin operator and growth of a half-metalic film. In relation to this COST action, he has been working on an EU-FP7 project, HARFIR, to replace antiferromagnetic Ir alloy (IrMn), where Iridium is a Platinum group metal, with a transition-metal-based alloy. He aims to demonstrate a device concept with the developed antiferromagnetic alloy films, showing an exchange bias greater than 1 kOe in sheet form and a blocking temperature greater than 300K.

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.

Carlo RicciPier Carlo Ricci. Works at the Department of Physics of the University of Cagliari. He is co-author of more than 100 papers in international journals, 2 international patents. Invited Professor at the George-August University (Germany). Invited researcher at the University of Ottawa, and research experiences at UTM (Universitat Tecnologica Moldovan) Chisinau (Moldavia).

The research activity is mainly devoted to the study of the optical and structural properties of solid state systems, like nanocrystals, crystalline oxides, porous silica and hybrid system organic/inorganic, with large potential applicability in photonics devices. The experimental techniques utilized are: Raman and MicroRaman spectroscopy (high pressure, low temperature resonance conditions), and luminescence spectroscopy (photo-, radio-, thermo-) in steady or time resolved conditions.

Co-founders of the Spin-Off “E-Laborad” for the development of new materials for digital imaging, Optical dosimetry, radiometry.

Project leader of the Action group RESET, “Raw Elements Substitution in Electronic and optoelectronic Technologies”, Member of the Alliance 4materials Italy (A4MIT) for the development of new advanced materials, coordinator for the University of Cagliari for the KIC-RM Raw MatTERS consortium.

Chairman at the EMRS spring 2016 Symposium E “Substitution of critical raw materials: synthesis, characterization and processing of new advanced materials in optoelectronic and magnetic devices”.

Prof Jozef Vleugels_BEProf. Dr. ir. Jozef (Jef) Vleugels is professor at the Department of Materials Engineering of KU Leuven (Belgium) currently teaching courses on advanced ceramics and powder metallurgy. Keywords describing his research are powder metallurgy, sintering, spark plasma sintering, microwave sintering, processing of ceramics, ceramic composites, nanocomposites, cermets, graded materials, cutting tools, wear parts, biomaterials, functional ceramics, microstructural and mechanical properties. His bibliography comprises about 320 publications in internationally refereed Journals with an h-index of 30, about 150 international conference contributions, 1 edited book, 7 book chapters and 5 patents. Since October 2011, He is editor of the Journal of the European Ceramic Society, the No 1 refereed Journal in the field of ceramics.

He coordinates the research group on Advanced Ceramics and Powder Metallurgy (see http://www.mtm.kuleuven.be/Onderzoek/Ceramics/ceramics), in close collaboration with his colleagues Prof. Kim Vanmeensel and Prof. Jan Van Humbeeck. The research activities related to the CA15102 Action are: (1) development and characterisation of innovative cemented carbides, cermets and ceramics, (2) use and modelling of advanced sintering technologies (SPS, hybrid-SPS, microwave heating) and (3) additive manufacturing of metals and ceramics.


Dr. Dumitru Mitrica had acquired the Doctoral degree in 2014 from University Politehnica from Bucharest with a thesis in the field of non ferrous alloys and composites.

He is employed since 2007 by the National Research and Development Institute for Non ferrous and Rare Metals-IMNR as scientific researcher.

Dr. Eng. Dumitru Mitrica has experience in the obtaining of nonferrous alloys and composites by induction melting, electrochemical deposition and heat treatment. In the last four years he has studied intensively the novel domain of multi-component high entropy alloys (HEA). He has been involved in several projects as team leader or team member and is currently working in a national project in the field of HEAs. Dr. Mitrica is currently working on establishing the influence of the technological parameters on the synthesis process using complex mathematical modeling and the complex characterization (chemical, physical, structural and mechanical) of the obtained alloys and composites by state-of-the-art techniques.

Monika Furko, PhD student. Currently, she is doing her PhD studies at University of Szeged, Hungary, and she is working at Hungarian Academy of Sciences at Thin Film Physics Department at Centre for Energy Research. She graduated from Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest in 2004 and got her MSc degree as a Chemist. Her research topic is mainly developing and characterizing antibacterial and biocompatible coatings on metallic implant materials. So far, she have worked and gathered much experience in the field of electrochemistry and electrochemical characterization of metals, alloys, composites and coatings. In addition, she has participated in developing high corrosion and thermal resistant, hard Ni-based alloy-coatings on stainless substrates applying pulse current electrochemical deposition. In other ongoing projects in the department, she has the opportunity to work with her colleagues to prepare and characterize ODS steels for high temperatures applications. The infrastructure of the laboratory includes also high quality, up-to-date SEM and TEM, XRD and XPS devices which allow the research team to perform thorough surface, microstructure, elemental and crystal structure analysis on any kind of samples and materials.

Dr. Mihai Tudor Olaru is a graduate student in material science field at Polytechnic University of Bucharest, Romania and currently studying on his PhD at the same university. In the same time he is also working as a scientific researcher at the National Institute of Non-Ferrous and Rare Metals (INCDMNR-IMNR) at New Materials and Technologies department. His work consists in developing new alloys with improved properties and structure. More exactly, Mihai is studying and developing High Entropy Alloys which are multi component alloys with a minimum of 5 constitutive elements by induction melting in vacuum. These alloys have the advantage of being very good at working in high temperature environments such as jet engines, high temperature furnaces. Also these alloys can be used to cover parts that needs very good wear and scratch resistance. Moreover, he is also working at HighPTMET facility experimenting with e-beam deposition technique for producing thin films in high vacuum. This technique fits the need to create thin thermal barriers or wear resistant coatings deposited on various parts, corrosion resistant films, sensitive layers for sensors, etc.

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