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Plenary Speakers

Dr. Laura Silvestroni - CNR-ISTEC, Institute of Science and Technology for Ceramics (Faenza. Italy)

Ultra-refractory borides for extreme environments
Laura Silvestroni is researcher at the National Research Council of Italy, Institute of Science and Technology for Ceramics (CNR-ISTEC), Faenza. She spent working experiences in Germany, Slovak Republic, USA, China and Japan working on the development and characterization of structural ceramics for thermo-mechanical and tribological applications. Her field of expertise includes processing and characterization of non-oxide ceramics, in particular of ceramics intended for use in extreme environment (UHTCs), from composition design, to powders treatment, sintering, microstructural and mechanical characterization and to the study of ceramics behaviour under oxidative/corrosive environments.
She is author and co-author of more than 85 papers on referred International Journals and 3 book chapters.
She is a founder member of the European Young Ceramists Network.

Prof. Luis Miguel Llanes - Technical University of Catalonia-UPC, Barcelona TECH (Spain)

Damage Tolerance of Cemented Carbides: Key Parameter for Improving Mechanical Reliability
Luis Llanes is full professor in the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgical Engineering and current dean of the Barcelona-East School of Engineering (EEBE), as well as board member of the new Barcelona Research Center in Multiscale Science and Engineering, in the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC, Spain).  He carries out his research activities within the Structural Integrity, Micromechanics and Reliability of Engineering Materials (CIEFMA) group at UPC. His research interests include mechanical integrity and damage assessment of hardmetals, advanced ceramics and hard coatings. Luis is co-author of more than 100 papers published in top journals in these fields, and has been Co-Chairman of the last four International Conferences on the Science of Hard Materials (ICSHM).

Prof. Fernando Jorge Monteiro - Universidade do Porto (Portugal)

Micropatterning zirconia and ATZ based surfaces to improve bone tissue cells
Fernando Jorge Monteiro- Full professor at University of Porto, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering (since 1995, lecturing in Bioengineering Integrated Master, Biomedical Engineering PhD Program and Materials Engineering Integrated Master. Senior researcher at INEB- Instituto de Engenharia Biomédica, Group Leader (Biocomposites Group)- President of INEB since 2014; Presently INEB integrates I3S- Instituto de Investigação e Inovação em Saúde (University of Porto)- Member of directing Board of I3S. Director of PhD program in  Biomedical Engineering University of Porto.

Dr. Helen Reveron - Université de Lyon-INSA de Lyon (France)

Zirconia-based ceramics for biomedical applications: past issues, current situation and future applications in the dental field
Dr. Helen Reveron is a Research Scientist at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS). Since 2006, she works at the MATEIS Laboratory of INSA-Lyon in the development and characterization of ceramic nanocomposites with controlled micro-nanostructures. Before coming to Lyon, she earned an Engineer’s Degree in “Materials Science” from USB-Caracas-Venezuela (1996) and a Ph.D. in “Ceramics and Surface Thermal Treatments” from ENSCI-Limoges-France (2000). She then worked at as Assistant Professor (“Materials Science” Department, USB-Caracas-Venezuela) and was interested in the hydrothermal synthesis of oxide nanoparticles, before coming-back to France in 2003. For 3 years, she worked at the ICMCB-CNRS (“Chemical Institute of Condensed Matter”, Bordeaux-France) in the continuous supercritical synthesis of ferroelectric nanoparticles and the processing/characterization of nanostructured ceramics obtained through SPS (“Spark Plasma Sintering”).  She is the author of more than 35 papers and 5 patents.

Prof. Irene Arias - Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya-UPC (Spain)

Theoretical modeling of function and failure of electroactive materials
Irene Arias is associate professor at UPC, and her research interests include modeling and simulation of electroactive materials, fracture in electromechanical materials, phase-field models of fracture andferroelectric materials. Recently, she has focused on modeling flexoelectricity in solids. Flexoelectricity is an electromechanical coupling different from piezoelectricity, by which electric polarization is generated by strain gradients, or strain is caused by electric field gradients. Flexoelectricity is relevant only at small length-scales, but could significantly broaden the class of materials used in electromechanical transduction. However, exploiting this effect requires a new conceptual framework to explore the effects of strain gradients on the physics of dielectrics, identifying fundamental manifestations and extracting the underlying engineering principles for a new generation of electromechanical metamaterials.