28 July 2016

WG2 – Design and material production


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.

Dr -alexandra Kovalcikova_SKDr. Alexandra Kovalčíková, is young researcher at Institute of Materials Research Slovak Academy of Sciences in Košice, Slovakia.  She is PhD in Materials Science since 2008. During PhD study she spent a few months in Germany, Slovenia and Poland. Her scientific area is development and characterization of mechanical, tribological and functional properties of structural ceramics and non-metallic materials. Recently, she has been focused on SEM/FIB microscopy.  She published 18 scientific papers and over 35 conference papers in the field of materials science. She is participant of many national and international European projects.

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).

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.

Michele MasciaGraduated in Chemical Engineering, phD in Industrial Engineering, Associate Professor of Chemical Plant design from January 2015 at the Department of Mechanical Chemical and Materials Engineering (formerly Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials) of the University of Cagliari. Teacher of Unit Operations and Chemical Plant Simulation for the degree course in Chemical Engineering; teacher of Chemical Plant Design for the postgraduate course in Chemical Engineering.

His research activities are focused in the field of electrochemical engineering applied to the study of processes for environmental remediation and energy conversion. In particular, the study covers key aspects such as the catalytic activity of electrode materials and the identification of reaction mechanisms, as well as practical aspects of design and characterization of reactors.

Michele Mascia has skills in electrochemical characterization of surfaces through cyclic voltammetry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. These techniques were applied to Co3O4 and boron doped diamond electrodes, to model the electrocatalytic activity for oxygen evolution, as well as to thin film of anatase powders, relating photocatalytic activity and mechanical treatment.

The results of the researches have been published in international scientific journals and presented at international conferences. Michele Mascia has been involved in several regional national and European research projects.

Dr Marcela Achimovicova_DEMgr. Marcela Achimovičová, PhD. was born in Snina, Slovakia on 17/10/1969. Educational background:

1992-1999: PhD. Degree in Minerallurgy and Environmental Technologies; full-time postgraduate study at the Institute of Geotechnics of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, Košice, Slovakia.

987-1992: Master’s degree (Mgr.) in Inorganic Chemistry; Faculty of Sciences, P.J.Šafárik University, Košice, Slovakia.

Her Qualifications and Work Experience are the following:

1992-present: Independent ResearchER at the Institute of Geotechnics, Department of Mechanochemistry, Slovak Academy of Sciences Košice, Slovakia. She has published 4 chapters in scientific books and more than 35 papers in scientific journals. The most important are: Achimovičová, M. et al.: Structural and morphological study of mechanochemically synthesized tin diselenide, J. Mater. Chem. 21 (2011) 5873-5876 and Baláž, P., Achimovičová, M., Baláž, M., Billik, P., Cherkezova-Zheleva, Z., Criado, J.M., Delogu, F., Dutková, E., Gaffet, E., Gotor, F.J., Kumar, R., Mitov, I., Rojac, T., Senna, M., Streletskii, A., Wieczorek-Ciurowa, K.: Hallmarks of mechanochemistry: from nanoparticles to technology, Chem. Soc. Rev. 42 (2013) 7571-7637. Her research interests are the mechanochemical synthesis of metal selenides and metal sulphides semiconductors in a high-energy ball mill, preparation of new nanomaterials and the hydrometallurgy of sulphides and titanium minerals.

2011-present: ResearchER at the Institute of Mineral and Waste Processing, Waste Disposal and Geomechanics (IFAD), University of Technology Clausthal, Germany. She is a member of DFG research group, which comprises the project partners, IFAD and the Institute of Process Metallurgy and Metal Recycling at the University of Aachen and developed a method for the aluminothermic production of titanium aluminium alloys. The process step minimisation is based on the production and use of synthetic TiO2 concentrate recovered from leaching of milled ilmenite/metal agglomerates with sulphuric acid and hydrolysis under normal conditions and on the mechanical activation of rutile concentrates in an industrial mill. The use of these materials in the production of aluminothermic titanium aluminium alloys led to a reduced need for booster material by 30% and thus to reduced chlorine emissions.

Dr Pavol Hvizdos_SKDr. Pavol Hvizdoš has been working in the Structural Ceramics Department of the Institute of Materials Research of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, Košice, Slovakia, since 1988. In 1996 he received his PhD degree in Material Sciences from Technical University, Košice, Slovakia. In 2000 he was awarded the Marie Curie Fellowship of European Commission to work in Queen Mary University of London, UK. Between 2003 and 2008 he was a Ramon y Cajal Fellow at Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain. Currently, he is a senior scientist at IMR SAS Košice and also serves as its director. His scientific expertise includes microstructure and fracture properties of composite structural ceramics, cermets, hardmetals, recently his interest have been focused on nanoindentation and tribology of composite materials. His experience comprise microstructural characterization and mechanical testing of ceramics, ceramic composites and multilayers. He has published more than 150 scientific papers, more than 70 in material science CC journals, which up to now have attracted about 400 citations.

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.

Dr Sergei Vlassov_EEDr. Sergei Vlassov, a researcher at Institute of Physics University of Tartu (IPUT). Sergei defended his PhD in material science in 2011 in IPUT. 2013 – 2015 Sergei gained his Postdoc experience at Institute of solid state physics, University of Latvia.
Main competence is related to manipulation, growth and characterization of nanostructures, mechanical properties of solids, force and mass sensing. In particular, activities include real-time observation of the physical processes at the nanoscale including growth of metallic nanowhiskers in electric field, electron beam induced transition from elastic to plastic state in oxide materials, investigation of the diffusion processes in upper layers of the materials exposed to harsh environments etc.
Sergei has 28 scientific papers and 2 inventions. His h-index is 8 (Scopus). Estonian representative in management committee of Cost project MP1303. Project “nanostructured insulating materials” manager. Sergei Has supervised number of award-winning theses. Winner of the first prize in IPUT student competition.

Piotr KlimczykPiotr Klimczyk, PhD: head of the Surface Engineering and Tribology Laboratory at the Centre for Materials Research and Sintering Technology, The Institute of Advanced Manufacturing Technology, Krakow, Poland.

Field of activities in brief:

  • research and development of advanced ceramic and superhard materials, especially polycrystalline cubic boron nitride (PcBN) composites, high melting point ceramics (UHTC), electrically conductive ceramic composites and nanocomposites; the range of applications include cutting tools and different wear parts working at extreme conditions;
  • development of the High Pressure High Temperature Sintering (HPHT) method including issues related to the modernization of equipment, optimization and measurement of pressure and temperature in the toroidal chamber;
  • mechanical testing of materials, including ultrasonic determination of elastic moduli and tribological testing of ceramic and metallic materials; activity in an accredited laboratory.

Recent projects (participation):

  • SINTERCER project: “Development of a SINTERing CEntRe and know-how exchange for non-equilibrium sintering methods of advanced ceramic composite materials”, REGPOT, EU FP7, Grant agreement No. 316232, 2013-2016;
  • CERGRAF project: “Ceramic-graphene composites for cutting tools and devices parts with unique properties” GRAF-TECH programme founded by the Polish National Centre for Research and Development, Grant agreement No. GRAF-TECH/NCBR/03/05/2012, 2012-2016;
  • Bilateral project: “Ultrahigh pressure – spark plasma sintering of novel high temperature materials” under the agreement nn Scientific Cooperation Between the Polish Academy Of Sciences and The Estonian Academy Of Sciences, 2016-2018.


Tomasz DudziakI am research/scientist with position of assistant professor in Foundry Research Institute in Krakow/Poland. I am involved in high temperature corrosion field since 2006. Currently I am the leader of the project related to steam oxidation of advanced steels and Ni based alloys at high temperatures for new generation of coal fired power plants.
I am the author and co-author of around 30 papers including conference proceedings, chapter in a book and the monograph entitled Fundamental aspects of high temperature corrosion of steels for coal fired power plants. The studies cover steam oxidation, air oxidation, sulphidation, chlorination, fireside corrosion results of my experimental work during my PhD and research fellow in Cranfield University.
My research covers currently, high temperature experimental work on Ni based alloys, steels (different types), Ti-Al alloys, different atmospheres including toxic (chlorine, sulfur containing environment) and non toxic (steam oxidation, air oxidation), coatings (PVD, thick APS and HVOF), deposition of pack cemnetation protective layers.

Daniele ValeriniDr. Daniele Valerini graduated in Physics in 2004 and got his Ph.D. degree in Physics in 2008. Since 2010 he is researcher at ENEA – Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development, in the ENEA research center in Brindisi (Italy). He is coordinator of the European network of infrastructures “EXTREME” (www.network-extreme.eu), supported by the KIC EIT Raw Materials and constituted by different European institutions which focus on the topics of substitution of critical raw materials (CRMs) used under extreme conditions and offer related services. His main research activities are related to Materials Science in the fields of development and characterization of coatings and nanostructures for applications in mechanical machining, transportation, energy, environment, and food industry. His expertise is mainly focused on: growth of coatings and nanostructures of different materials (nitrides, oxides, metals, semiconductors), primarily by means of physical vapor deposition (PVD) techniques such as sputtering (RF, DC, pulsed DC, HIPIMS, BPDMS) and pulsed laser deposition (PVD); characterization of materials (photoluminescence, spectrophotometry, SEM, nanoindentation, etc.) and study of the correlation between the growth process parameters and the morphological, structural, compositional, optical, electrical and mechanical properties of films.

Sebastian BalosProf. dr Sebastian Balos was born in Sombor, Serbia, on august 27th 1974. Currently, he is an associate professor on the Faculty of Technical Sciences. He is a Head of the Chair of Materials and Joining Technologies, as well as two laboratories, for Materials Testing and Joining Technologies. Furthermore, he is the Deputy head of the Department of Production Engineering. He teaches 12 courses on bachelor, master and doctoral studies.

The scientific field of interest is relatively wide, encompassing a wide array of materials characterization. He introduced a number of new technologies on the Faculty of Technical Sciences, some of them being friction stir welding (FSW), friction stir processing (FSP), friction stir tunneling (FST), arc welding and hardfacing with nanoparticles into their coatings, the fabrication of dental polymer particulite nanocomposites, the perforated steel and ADI materials ballistic plates

Prof. Dr Sebastian Balos published a number of scientific papers, of which 31 are in international journals (SCI, SCIe). The Faculty of Technical Sciences awarded Dr Sebastian Balos a prize for extraordinary results in science in 2013. Furthermore, the international journal International Lubrication and Tribology awarded his paper entitled The influence of tool kinematics on surface texture, productivity, power and tоrque of normal honing“ the Highly Commended Paper Award“ in 2015. Also, dr Sebastian Balos did a number of paper reviews, mainly for international journals (SCI, SCIe) and scientific conferences.

Prof. dr Sebastian Balos is married and has three children.

Mihaela GIRTAN is Associate Professor of Materials Science at the University of Angers and head of the group Thin films for photovoltaic applications at Photonics Laboratory, Angers since 2005.

The research interests of Ass. Prof. Mihaela Girtan cover several aspects of thin films, physical and chemical deposition methods, solar cell technology and optoelectronic devices, including charge transport in oxides and conducting polymers, electrical conductivity and photoconductivity measurements, organic and hybrid solar cells, organic transistors, transparent conducting thin films, structural, morphological, electrical and optical properties of thin films, plasmonics, transport phenomena in low dimensional structures, heat transfer phenomena and fluid dynamics numerical simulations.

Mihaela Girtan published two book chapters and more than 75 scientific papers in materials, photonics, photovoltaics and energy materials area. She has delivered more than 150 lectures in national/international meetings in over 15 countries. She has coordinated several national and international research projects, she is associate member of: the Academy of Science, Belle-Letters and Arts, Angers, member of different scientific societies, outstanding reviewer of Thin Solid Films, member and chairperson of different international conferences, member of different expertise and jury committees.

In the frame of the research on the replacement of scare materials such as indium in transparent conducting electrode (ITO) for displays of mobile phone, computers, solar cells, plastic transparent electronics etc. the research on oxide/metal/oxide of. M. Girtan showed that the quantity of indium can be reduced by 4, or even completely suppressed if ITO is replaced by a three layer films ZnO/Au/ZnO which have equivalent performances to ITO films.


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.

Doc. Dr. Damjan Klobčar, is a lecturer and a researcher at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Beside teaching work, he is heavily involved in R&D on the field of welding and joining and weldability of materials.

He graduated in 1999 and received a Master of Science in 2002 and a PhD in 2006 at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the University of Ljubljana. In between, he done specialisation at the Welding Institute to get the degree of International Welding Engineer (IWE) in 2005. During the study he got the faculty Best student award and Researchers Exchange Award from British Council in 2007 for post doc research at the University of Cambridge, Department of materials science, in Phase transformation group.

Dr. Klobčar is a member of Laboratory for welding of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the University of Ljubljana. Between 1999 and 2009, he worked as an assistant at the laboratory and from 2009 he is a lecturer at the same Faculty. He was a leader or a member of several national and international projects on the field of welding and welding technologies. Some of the titles of the project were: Finite Element Modeling of Heat Treatment (Bilateral project Slovenia – Italy 2001 – 2004); Welding and weldability of copper to aluminium alloy (2012 – ); Friction stir welding and processing of aluminium alloys (Nationally funded project – 2011 – 2014), Design and development of ultrasonic tooling (2012 – ), 3D additive manufacturing of industrial tooling using a welding robot (2016 – 2019). He is involved in COST action Advanced fibre laser and coherent source as tools for society, manufacturing and lifescience (2014 – ). He is a member of The institute of Materials Minerals and Mining (IOM), UK, International Institute of Welding (IIW), France, and Croatian metallurgical society. He is an editor of the field Welding and thermal cutting of the IRT3000 magazine and a member of editorial board of the same magazine.

He is a member of WG2 “Design and material production”. He will be involved in material characterisation and weldability testing of the produced materials.

Prof. Roberto Iglesias is specialized in structural and magnetic properties simulation through electronic structure calculations using DFT-based ab initio codes. He has been concerned in the properties of alloys subjected to extreme conditions, which alter their stability, defect mobility and dislocation dynamics which in turn influence the lifetime of these materials. He has been working in the search for optimal alloy concentrations in the presence of defects, such as vacancies, self-interstitial atoms, substitutional impurities, displacements, as well as self-diffusion, segregation, defect migration, and several other processes originating at the atomic scale. Subsequently, the parameters obtained are being used as input data to undertake the next multiscale modelling steps, namely, force and energetic data for the construction of semiempirical interatomic potentials for Molecular Dynamics and activation energies and diffusion prefactors data that kinetic Monte Carlo simulations need as an input to model the long-time dynamics of defect evolution, typically consisting of diffusive events.

Prof. Iglesias was awarded a PhD dissertation extraordinary prize in Physics at the University of Oviedo. His PhD work consisted mainly of computer work involving magnetic materials.  He has taken part in more than a dozen regional, national and international research projects, more than half of which were focused on the nanoscale. He worked for two years as post-doctorate fellow at the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI, Villigen, Switzerland), within the HT-MAT (High Temperature MATerials) group, and is still in scientific contact with them. Presently, he has developed collaborations with many other national and international institutions, to mention but a few, the Nuclear Fusion Institute of the UPM (Madrid), of which he is a member, the University of Burgos, the rest of institutions taking part in the MULTINANOMAT network and COST Action CA-15102, on CRMs in Extreme Conditions, the partner institutions of the FP7 RADINTERFACES project, and the Los Alamos National Lab (USA), among others.


Dr.Adriana Gabriela Plăiașu (38 years) is associate professor in the Department of Manufacturing and Industrial Management, Faculty of Mechanics and Technology, University of Pitesti. From 2015 is Vice rector with research activities and competiveness, University of Pitesti and until 2012-2015 was Director of the Research Institute of University of Pitești (www.ic.upit.ro).

Field of interest:

  • Teaching courses in the following disciplines: science and materials engineering, materials technology, thermal treatments
  • Science and technology of materials, technology of materials, corrosion and corrosion protection, applied thermodynamics in metallurgy, nuclear materials, heat treatment
  • Oxide nanostructured materials, Heat treatment, Corrosion and corrosion protection


Adriana Gabriela Plaiasu is author of several scientific articles with international recognitionon, in science and engineering of materials, and co-author of an application for patent. She participated in more than 5 national research projects and 3 international research projects including two like responsible.

  3. FP7-NMP-2013-CSA-7, Grant no.608684, Theme 4 – NMP – Nanoscience, Nanotechnologies, Materials and New production Technologies – CSAs 2013, Value4Nano: Industrial valorisation of strategic value chains for nano-enabled products –expert


Prof. Peter Balaz graduated in chemistry from the Faculty of Science in Kosice, Slovakia in 1971. He received PhD (1981) and DSc (1994) degrees in mineral processing. He became Professor of mineralurgy at Technical University of Kosice in 2001. He is the author of 4 books and more then 280 papers in reviewed journals.  His papers have been cited more than 1700-times in the Science Citation Index.  His Hirsch index is 24. He is founding member of International Mechanochemical Association and member of Reseau Francais de Mechanosynthese. His basic and applied research is connected with mechanochemistry and encompasses solid state chemistry, nanoscience, materials science, mineral processing and minerals engineering. Recent researches under umbrella of mechanochemistry include e.g. carbon dioxide sequestration in environmental science, in vitro tests of nanocompounds for cancer treatment in medicine and synthesis of nanomaterials for solar cells in photovoltaics.

Dr. Antonella Rizzo is project leader of Technologies for Production and Maintenance Applied to Aeronautic Propulsion at ENEA. She is member of the Coordination Committee for Apulian Aerospace District. After studying physics, she performed research in materials process and thin films deposition at National Materials Center of Brindisi (Italy). Since 2001 she is researcher at ENEA – Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development. From 2010 to 2015 Dr. Rizzo held the position of director of Technologies and Processes Laboratory at the ENEA Center of Brindisi. Her research interests include the Cutting Tools Coatings for machining in extreme conditions (high speed and cryogenic cooling), with particular attention to the optimization of the mechanical and tribological properties through the appropriate choice of the deposition process parameters. In the last year she is studying the Plasma Diagnostic during the high-voltage pulse to control HiPPMS process and implementing the realization of an L-N2 tribometer as test of cryogenic machining of hard-to-cut materials.


Dr. Magdalena Szutkowska is a Professor in the Institute of Advanced Manufacturing Technology (IOS) and head of the Materials Testing Accredited Laboratory. She also served for six years as the Head of the Department of  Engineering and Materials Technology at the Pedagogical University of Cracow. The R&D work in the field of ceramics carried out by Magdalena Szutkowska are related to the improvement of manufacturing technology and new methods of testing the mechanical properties of materials. She is currently involved in the manufacturing and testing of new composite ceramics based on alumina, hardmetals and superhard materials in order to improve the fracture toughness of ceramics designed for cutting tools. The results obtained on the basis of this research were presented at many conferences and in scientific journals. Selected journals: Journal of Materials Science Letters, Journal of Materials Processing Technology, International Journal of Refractory Metals & Hard Materials. Magdalena Szutkowska has been a leader of 10 international and Polish projects. She is the author and co-author of more than 120 papers, three monographs, a few chapters in books and the co-author of 5 patents. Magdalena Szutkowska is a member of the working group for multifunctional materials and advanced composites (nanocomposites) at the Polish Ministry of Development. She has been awarded the Golden Cross of Merit by the President of the Polish Republic and honoured with the prestigious “IAAM Scientist Award”.

Dr. Aleksandar Vencl is a Professor and Head of Tribology Laboratory at the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering. He received his PhD degree in Tribology from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at University of Belgrade in 2008. His main research interests include: Friction and wear characteristics of materials (metals, polymers, ceramics and composites); Surface modifications and coatings; Nanotribology; Lubricants – application, recycling and monitoring; Lubrication systems; Failure diagnostic of tribological systems. He published around 100 refereed publications (http://tribolab.mas.bg.ac.rs/english/), with approximately 900 citations (h-index = 16).

So far, he participated in ten research projects supported by the Serbian Ministry of Science, one EUREKA project (Number Е!3240), one FP7-REGPOT project (Number 316087), two bilateral projects (Serbia-Belarus and Serbia-France), one COST actions (Action MP0903) and one CEEPUS network (Network CIII-BG-0703). He is a Member of the Scientific Committee of five conferences: SERBIATRIB (since 2009), BULTRIB (since 2011), BALKANTRIB (since 2014), TURKEYTRIB (since 2015) and ROTRIB (since 2016).

Dr. Aleksandar Vencl was the Editor of two Conference Proceedings (11th International Conference on Tribology – SERBIATRIB ’09 and 14th International Conference on Tribology – SERBIATRIB ’15). He is also the co-editor of the Tribology in Industry (scientific journal published by Serbian Tribology Society). Currently, he is reviewer in 27 scientific journals (around 100 reviews), and member of the Balkan Tribological Association, Serbian Tribology Society (member of the Executive Board) and Mensa International.

Sławomir Cygan, M.Sc. Eng.: assistant at the Centre for Materials Research and Sintering Technology, The Institute of Advanced Manufacturing Technology, Krakow, Poland.

Field of activities in brief:

  • Research and development of advanced ceramic and superhard materials, especially polycrystalline diamond (PCD) composites; the range of applications include cutting tools and different wear parts working at extreme conditions;
  • High Pressure High Temperature Sintering (HPHT) method including issues related to the modernization of equipment;
  • Mechanical testing of materials, including ultrasonic determination of elastic moduli and tribological testing of ceramic and metallic materials; accredited laboratory worker.

Recent projects (participation):

  • SINTERCER project: “Development of a SINTERing CEntRe and know-how exchange for non-equilibrium sintering methods of advanced ceramic composite materials”, REGPOT, EU FP7, Grant agreement No. 316232, 2013-2016;
  • CERGRAF project: “Ceramic-graphene composites for cutting tools and devices parts with unique properties” GRAF-TECH programme founded by the Polish National Centre for Research and Development, Grant agreement No. GRAF-TECH/NCBR/03/05/2012, 2012-2016;
  • Bilateral project: “Ultrahigh pressure – spark plasma sintering of novel high temperature materials” under the agreement nn Scientific Cooperation Between the Polish Academy Of Sciences and The Estonian Academy Of Sciences, 2016-2018.

Dr. Claudia Pecoraro

Claudia’s main interests and competences lie in the field of Physical and Computational Chemistry. She got her Master Degree in Fotochimica e Materiali Molecolari at the University of Bologna, Italy, with a thesis focused on the computational study of the role of the crystal structure on the charge mobility of two organic semicondutors. Currently, she is doing her PhD thesis at the University of Burgos, Spain. She is interested in computational multiscale modeling of advanced materials for extreme conditions industrial applications, with the aim of modeling microstructures with high resistance towards damages that result from exposition to extreme conditions enviroments. To develop her calculations, she widely uses VASP code for atomic scale modeling and calculation of electronic structures, and LAMMPS software to perform Molecular Dynamics simulations using classical force-field potentials. Claudia currently has two scientific papers and is involved in an European project.


Dr. Katalin Balázsi is a head of  Thin Film Physics Department, Institute for Technical physics and Materials Science, Centre for Energy Research, Hungarian Academy of sciences inBudapest, Hungary. She obtained her PhD at the Slovak Technical University in 2005 where she worked on structural characterization of nanomaterials ba transmission electron microscopy. Her research focuses on the development of different ceramics, mainly TiC  based ceramic, hydroxyapatite bioceramics  and Si3N4/graphene based ceramics for tribological applications.  She is a secretary of Hungarian Society of Materials Science (2013-2020), board member of Women in Science, Hungarian Delegate in Nanometer Structure Division of  IUVSTA  (2013-2019). She has published more than  journal papers with 400 independent citations. She is working as PI in several national and  EU FP7, M-ERANET projects.

Dr. Csaba Balázsi (MSc-1993, PhD-2000, DSc-2014) is a Scientific Advisor in Centre for Energy Research of Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

He is metallurgical engineer with 20+ years of practice in various physical and chemical technologies of nanocomposite manufacturing, including ceramic processing, nano-milling, hydrothermal, powder metallurgy, sintering, electrospinning. His research area is covering R&D of high performance materials for medical, sensor and high temperature applications. He was involved in the development of nanoporous hexagonal tungsten oxide materials for gas sensorics, carbon nanotube/graphene nano-platelet added silicon nitride ceramic composites for tribological applications and several other nanocomposites, including nano-oxide dispersion strengthened steels for nuclear/HT applications and polymer based biocompatible composites for orthopedics. He is co-author in 170 publications (100 in ISI journals), 9 patents, he has 1300 independent citations, H index 22. He is principal investigator or co-PI in several national (OTKA, NKTH, TéT, Eötvös, Bolyai) and international (FP7, NATO, NSF, ESA, EIT KIC RAW) research grants. Earlier, he was head of the Ceramics and Nanocomposite Department, Institute for Technical Physics and Materials Science, Hungarian Academy of Sciences for 7 years. Director of Materials Science and Technology Institute (BAY-ATI) between 2013 July – 2015 January and Head of Advanced Materials Department, Engineering Divison until October 2015. He is a member of scientific societies as American Ceramic Society (ACERS), European Materials Research Society (EMRS), Scientific Society of Silicate Industry – President of Fine Ceramics section (SZTE), European Ceramic Society – Member of Council Board (ECERS), Young Researchers Board – Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Bolyai Advisory Board Member – HAS, Member American Nano Society, Hungarian Society of Materials Science – Board Member and Executive Committee Member of Federation of European Materials Societies (FEMS).

Contact Email: balazsi.csaba@energia.mta.hu

Dr. Annalisa Vacca, graduate in Chemical Engineering and PhD in Industrial Engineering, got the associate professor position in the field of “Fundamentals of chemical technology” (SSD CHIM/07). She carries out didactic and scientific activity at the Department of Mechanical, Chemical and Materials Engineering (University of Cagliari). From 2006, she is teacher of the course of General Chemistry at the first level degree for the Faculty of Engineering.

The research activities are focused in the field of electrochemical engineering applied to the study of processes for environmental remediation and energy conversion. In particular, the study covers both key aspects such as the catalytic activity of electrode materials and the identification of reaction mechanisms, both practical aspects such as design and characterization of electrochemical reactors.

For the environmental remediation, processes for removal of toxic organic pollutants, bacteria and microagae from industrial wastewater and from natural waters have been studied using different electrodic materials and suitable reactor configuration.

The research on energy conversion have focused mainly on the study of electrocatalysts both effective for the hydrogen production by water electrolysis, both for the use of hydrogen for energy production in cells fuel. The preparation and characterization of electrodes based on nanotubes of titanium dioxide forms has been also studied for the photo-electro water splitting, which allows to obtain hydrogen exploiting the solar radiation. More recently, the synthesis of hybrid organic/inorganic materials for catalysis and photoelectrical applications have been studied. The research activities are documented by 57 papers published in international peer-reviewed scientific journals and by more than 100 contribution at national and international congresses.

Dr. Märt Kolnes holds MSc degree in Materials Science (Microstructures and mechanical properties of vacuum sintered TiC-based Stainless steel bonded cermets) from the Tallinn University of Technology. 

He is a Phd student and the title of his thesis is: “Ceramic-based corrosion and wear resistant composites”.
Märt’s research is linked to the istitutional research theme “Multi-scale structured ceramic-based composites for extreme applications”.
The main aim of his study is to develop advanced composite materials for corrosion and wear environments which demonstrates acceptable mechanical, wear and corrosion performance. Focus is on the technological and chemical composition peculiarities of TiC-based iron alloy bonded cermets. The goal is to develop and produce CRM-free ceramic-based composite for extreme applications.

Dr. Nikolay Velinov is an Associated Professor since 2013 at Institute of Catalysis – Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. He graduated as chemical engineer at University of Chemical Technology and Metallurgy, Sofia in 2001.  He received his PhD degree in Materials science in 2009. He is Head of Laboratory of Design and characterization of catalytic materials since 2016. The main research fields are Mössbauer spectroscopy, Solid state chemistry, Materials science, Synthesis and structure of catalytic materials, X-Ray diffraction, Solid oxide fuel cells. He participated in more than twenty international and national research projects, including EU projects: FP5-INCO2-ICA2-CT-200010030, FP6-SUSTDEV-502612 and FP6-NMP-11783.

I am Associated Professor at the Institute of Catalysis – Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (since 2013). I finished my PhD in physics in2009 in Westfälische Wilhelms-Univerität Münster, Germany.

My scientific experience is in using experimental techniques X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS), Auger Electron Spectroscopy (AES), Low Energy Electron Diffraction (LEED), Magneto-optical Kerr Effect (LEED), and Spin-Resolved Appearance Potential Spectroscopy (SRAPS).

As a member of Surface Analysis Group at IC BAS I am involved in surface characterization of different types of samples prepared mainly by other groups in the Institute as well as from external organizations.

My scientific interests are in the field of materials science and it is mostly related to surface and interface analysis. Usually, studied materials are oxide systems. For analysis of their surfaces I used mostly X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy. XPS, also known as ESCA (Electron Spectroscopy for Chemical Analysis), which is one of the most reliable and widely applicable experimental techniques for surface analysis. XPS provides quantitative surface chemical state information for all elements except hydrogen and helium.

I am co-author of more than 40 papers published in refereed publications in the field of catalysis, construction and nanoscience.

Dr Daniela Paneva, PhD is associate professor in the Institute of Catalysis – Bulgarian Academy of Sciences since 2010. She received PhD degree in Chemical kinetics and catalysis in 2004. She focused his research interest on the Transmission and Conversion electron Mössbauer spectroscopy, in-situ Mössbauer spectroscopic characterization, Solid state chemistry, Mechanochemistry. The aim of her investigations performed with Mössbauer spectroscopy is to characterize crystal and amorphous solid state materials on a “nuclear level” – spin and valence state determination, electron density, type of chemical bond, symmetry of charge environment and ion coordination, magnetic properties, phase composition and stoichiometry, as well as size-dependent effects (superparamagnetism, superferromagnetism and collective magnetic excitations). The main objects of investigation are: iron and mixed iron containing materials – spinels, granates, perovskites, ferrites, layer compounds – both bulk phase and supported type. Large number of magnetic materials, alloys, pigments, corrosion products, minerals, rows and polymer complexes are also studied. She is co-author of more than 140 papers published in the field of material science, catalysis, nanoscience. Some of them referred in Mössbauer Effect Reference and Data Journal.

Dr. Tanya Petrova is an Assistant Professor in the Institute of Catalysis, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences since 2014. She received his PhD degree in specialty Technology of Electrochemical Productions in 2014. She graduated as chemical engineer in specialty Organic Chemical Technologies at University of Chemical Technology and Metallurgy in 2003. Her scientific area is synthesis and structure of catalytic materials, electrochemistry, cementation, kinetics, adsorption, wastewater treatment, X-Ray diffraction. Presently, she is a member of Bulgarian Crystallographic Society and Union of Chemists in Bulgaria. She is co-author of several papers published in international journals. She participates in many research projects and training of students and young scientists.

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