Ramon Torrecillas is a CSIC Research Professor Spanish and a physicist recognized for his research in the field of nanomaterials and biomaterials. Since 2008 is the director of the Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology Research Center (CINN) Joint Center of the Spanish National Research Council, the University of Oviedo and the Principality of Asturias Government located in Asturias, Spain. He obtained his degree in physical sciences in 1986 from the University of Zaragoza and at the Institute National des Sciences Appliquées de Lyon in France he achieved PhD in physical sciences. In 1991, he created and he was appointed Director of the Department of Ceramics and Refractories at the Instituto Tecnológico de Materiales de Asturias, until 1994. In 1994, joined the Instituto Nacional del Carbón belonging to the Spanish National Research Council. In 2007, he drived the creation of the Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology Research Center (CINN), promoted by joint institutional initiative of CSIC, University of Oviedo and the Principality of Asturias, and was appointed Director in 2008 after obtaining the CSIC Research Professor category. His research line addressed towards the controlled design of multifunctional materials at multiple scales. In January 2009 he was appointed Director General of the technological Centre Foundation ITMA, position which combines with that of CINN's Director up to April 2011. In April 2011, he founded the company Nanoker Research, S.L. dedicated to the manufacture of Advanced Technical Ceramics, Nanocomposites and Nanomaterials for optical, biomedical and extreme conditions applications. From 2013 he coordinates the research and development project on materials for mechanical engineering technology-based Nanocomposites by Spark Plasma Sintering at the Moscow State University of Technology "STANKIN", commissioned by the Russian Government.


The Lecture: Nanocomposites for top-end Functional Applications: the CINN experience

R. Torrecillas

Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology Research Centre, CINN – CSIC, University of Oviedo Asturias, Spain

Currently ceramics and composites are not suitable for the industrial development of many technological innovations due to the impossibility of combining in the same material high mechanical performance with critical functional material properties. Nanocomposites entirely made of ceramic and metallic nanoscale particles or nanoscale phases, is a term that denotes a broad, new class of engineered materials where unique and otherwise unattainable properties can be revealed. The industrial applications of nanocomposites rely on the successful consolidation of these materials preserving their nanostructures. Traditional processing techniques have strong limitations of not being able to retain the nanoscale grain size if conventional nanoparticles are used as starting raw materials. This lecture presents the accumulated experience in this field during the last 10 years at the Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology Research Centre (CINN), with special emphasis on “what we don’t know” and “questions to which we still seek answers”.


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