Personnel

Prof. Francisco Javier Velasco – Full professor

Francisco Javier Velasco
fvelasco@ing.uc3m.es

Mining Engineer (1992) and PhD in Materials Science and Metallurgical Engineering (1995), both of them from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, he is working at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid since 1996, where he is Full Professor since 2017. He has developed the majority of his research career in surfaces, mainly studying the corrosion of metallic materials, organic coatings, surface treatments for paints and adhesive bonds, and wear. In the field of corrosion, he worked in sintered (powder metallurgical) materials, mainly stainless steels (studying the influence of porosity and sintering atmosphere in corrosion and oxidation performance). Moreover, since 2004, he has worked in corrugated stainless steels and carbon steels for concrete, deepening in the influence of processing and microstructure on the corrosion mechanisms. Nowadays, he also works in funcionalized organic coatings to improve corrosion and wear properties. He has worked in research projects (national, international and regional founds, and with companies as well. He has supervised 3 European projects (VII PM, H2020, Interreg Sudoe). He has published more than 125 papers in journals included in JCR (such as Corrosion Science, Oxidation of Metals, Applied Surface Science, Wear, Construction and Building Materials or Electrochimica Acta). His personnel interests include reading and rugby.

Prof. Asunción Bautista Arija – Full Professor

Asunción Bautista Arija
mbautist@ing.uc3m.es

Graduated in Chemisty Sciences (1992) and Master in Nuclear Energy (1993) at Autonoma University of Madrid. She performed the research related to her PhD at the National Centre of Metallurgical Research (CENIM-CSIC) in Madrid. The work obtained the Extraordinary Doctorate Award of the Complutense University of Madrid. She got the Norman Hackerman Award from the Electrochemical Society in 1999. She was Ramon y Cajal Researcher and held other researching and teaching positions at the Carlos III University of Madrid. In 2009, she became assistant professor of the Carlos III University of Madrid, in 2012, the Excellence Award of the Carlos III University was given to her. She has been director of the Doctorate Program and of the Master Program, both in Materials Science and Engineering for the Carlos III University of Madrid. Nowadays, she is Professor at the Materials Science and Engineering Department of the Polytechnic School of that University. Her expertise is corrosion and durability of metallic materials. She has performed aqueous corrosion and oxidation studies, being mainly focused on electrochemical characterization of construction materials and stainless steels. The research activity developed up to now has allowed to co-authored more than 80 scientific articles with more than 1500 citations (h index 25).

Prof. Miguel Ángel Martínez – Professor

Dr. Miguel Ángel Martínez
mamc@ing.uc3m.es

Degree in Chemical Sciences from the UCM (1983) and Doctor of Chemical Sciences in the specialty of Metallurgy from the UCM (1989). Associate Professor of Baccalaureate (1986-1988). Professor of University School (1988-1990) and Professor (interim) in the Department of Materials Science of the E.T.S.I. Roads Canals and Ports of the UPM (1990-1995). Titular Professor in the Department of Materials Science of UC3M (since 1995). He has co-supervised 7 doctoral theses and 3 others under realization. Author of more than 92 articles in indexed journals (SCI) and 52 in non-indexed journals. He has participated in 123 communications to congresses of international character and 136 of national character. President of the Spanish Adhesion and Adhesives Group (2013-2020). Scientific coordinator of the courses “European Adhesive Engineer” “European Adhesive Specialist” and “European Adhesive Applicator Technician” of the Spanish Association of Welding and Union Technology (CESOL) in Spain as a representative of the European Welding Federation (EWF) and professor of courses since 2010 and Member of the Adhesives Certification Committee since 2015. Member of the Scientific Committee of the Certification Agency in Spanish Innovation (ACIE) since 2015.

Dr. Manuel Torres Carrasco – Assistant Doctor Professor

Manuel Torres Carrasco
matorres@ing.uc3m.es

Graduated in Chemisty Sciences at Autonoma University of Madrid (2010). He obtained his PhD in 2015 (Cum Laude), at the Eduardo Torroja Institute for Construction Sciences in Madrid (IETcc-CSIC) under the direction of Prof. Francisca Puertas. He was hired as Doctor in the Ceramic for Smart Systems group at the Ceramic and Glass Institute (ICV-CSIC), and later with a Juan de la Cierva Fellowship. Currently, he is assistant doctor at the Carlos III University. He is the author of 20 publications in JCR with more than 332 cites and H index = 9. He is co-author in 1 book chapter and more than 25 communications to international and national conferences. Moreover, he has been awarded with 2 prizes in national and international conferences on the occasion of his work during his doctoral thesis. He has participated in 5 research projects with the publication of 1 patent. His research focuses on the preparation of new cementitious materials through alkali activation of different natural products (metakaolin) and industrial by-products, such as blast furnace slag or fly ash, using different activators. Moreover, he has experience in the study of Portland cement systems (pastes, mortars and concretes) – Study the mechanical behavior in different alkali activated slag and fly ash concretes prepared using alkaline solution, such as, NaOH, sodium silicate and alternative solution. – Study the durability behavior in these systems: chloride permeability, resistivity, freze-thaw cycles, carbonation, sulphates… -Characterization: FTIR, Confocal Raman Microscopy, XRD, 29Si and 27Al NMR MAS, ATD/TG, SEM, BSEM/EDX.

Dra. Juana Abenojar – Assistant Doctor

Dra. Juana Abenojar
abenojar@ing.uc3m.es

Graduated in Chemistry from the Complutense University of Madrid in 1990 and a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering in 2003 from Carlos III University of Madrid (UC3M). After being assistant of university school and doctor assistant in Materials Science and Engineering and Chemical Engineering department of UC3M from 2001 until 2010, she is a researcher with charge to project in the same department of UC3M since 2011. The accreditation as a tenured professor was obtained in 2009. Her lines of work are focused on surface treatments and adhesion, adhesives, composite and bio-composite. Regarding research, she has contributed to 35 R+D Projects funded in public calls, both national and international; along with 22 contracts of R+D of special relevance with Companies and / or Administrations, besides technical consultancies with companies. She has participated in the publication of 73 papers in international journals indexed in the JCR, 32 in non-indexed journals and three book chapters. She has also participated in the presentation of 125 papers to international congresses and 105 to national congresses. She has also co-directed 5 doctoral theses, along with a total of 51 master’s theses and degree’s theses. She currently holds a patent together with Porto University and Pontificia Comillas University of Madrid.


Segundo Manuel Shagñay – PhD student

Segundo Manuel Shagñay
sshagnay@ing.uc3m.es

Segundo Shagñay P. obtained his Bachelor Degree in Mechanical Engineering at Escuela Superior Politécnica de Chimborazo ESPOCH (Riobamba- Ecuador) (2015). He obtained his Master Degree in Materials Science and Engineering at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (2018). He is PhD´s Degree in Materials Science and Engineering student. He was hired as assistant professor in Materials Science and Engineering at Mechanical´s Faculty (ESPOCH) in 2014 until 2015. He was hired as professor for Materials Science and Engineering Subject at Mechanical´s Faculty (ESPOCH) in 2015 until 2017. He has worked in study of behavior against wear of intermetallic alloy. Nowadays, his work is focused in Corrosion of carbon and stainless steels in ecological mortars: Influence on fatigue behavior. Besides, he is a laboratory professor of subjects related to materials of different Bachelor Degrees in Engineering.

 

José Antonio Butenegro – PhD student

José Antonio Butenegro holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Technologies Engineering from the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (2018), with a specialisation in materials science and engineering. In his Bachelor’s thesis, he cooperated with the Department of Inorganic Chemistry at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM) in the characterisation of high temperature superconductors. He holds a Master’s Degree in Industrial Engineering from the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (2020). In his Master’s thesis, he worked on toughened matrices for carbon fibre reinforced polymers. He started his PhD in 2020, and his research focuses on the recycling of composite materials and long fibres and the study of thermoplastic matrix composites. In addition to his research work, he is a laboratory teacher in subjects related to materials science and engineering.

 

Irene Ramón Álvarez – PhD student 

Graduated in Engineering in Industrial Design and Product Development from the Polytechnic University of Madrid (2019). She obtained her Master’s Degree in Materials Science and Engineering at the Carlos III University of Madrid (2020). Currently, she is a doctoral student at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and Chemical Engineering, and she is a professor in the Academic Support and Reinforcement Plan of the Community of Madrid since 2017. As a Master’s Final Project, she studied and optimized the conditions of preparation of porous PLA / PCL materials by blown spinning in order to improve the quality and biocompatibility of scaffolds (biological structures). At this time, her work is focused on producing eco-efficient cementitious materials, which avoid the use of Portland cement since its manufacture entails large associated emissions, in order to implement them in solar thermal power plants as solid means of thermal storage. Together with her research work, she is a laboratory professor of subjects related to materials of the different Engineering Degrees.

Mohsen Bahrami – PhD student

Graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering (2014) from Sharif University of Technology (Iran), worked on spark plasma sintering (SPS) of thermal barrier coatings. Mohsen pursued his research on surface and coating technology as a master student in Milan and Aachen. He obtained his Master’s Degree in Materials Engineering and Nanotechnology (2018) at Polytechnic University of Milan (Italy). In the 2nd year of his master’s program, to practice and skill in both research- and industrial-based environments, he joined the Institute of Surface Technology (IOT) at RWTH Aachen University (Germany) to work on his master thesis. Working in the IOT on the project titled “Development of a novel Fe-based wear and corrosion protection coatings applied via HVAF” brought knowledge and skill about thermal spray techniques, coatings characterization, microstructural analyses, tribological tests and electrochemical assessments. After graduation, he continued working at IOT for six months as a research assistant.
In autumn 2020, he started his PhD program in Materials Science and Engineering at Carlos III University of Madrid. His research focuses on the hybridization of natural fibers with carbon fibers to manufacture hybrid biocomposites and assessment of their properties.
 

PREVIOUS STUDENTS-RESEARCHERS OF THE GROUP

Dra. María Fernández Álvarez

María Fernández Álvarez
mfalvare@ing.uc3m.es

Bachelor Degree in Industrial Chemical Engineering at Universidad de Oviedo (2015), studying the Materials Engineering specialty at the Università degli Study di Napoli Federico II and with her final thesis carried out at Department of Materials Science and Metallurgical Engineering at Universidad de Oviedo. Master Degree in Materials Science and Engineering at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (2016). She has worked in very different fields: metallurgical wastes treatments, duplex stainless steel obtained by PIM, powder organic coatings, erosion and abrasive wear, cure kinetic of powder organic coatings and mechanical properties. She has participated in the elaboration of 1 research paper and 3 communications to international and national conferences. Nowadays, her work is focused on functionalizing powder organic coatings with silica nanoparticles for wear and corrosion applications. Besides, she is a laboratory professor of subjects related to materials of different Bachelor Degrees in Engineering.

Dra. María Belén Enciso Ramos – Assistant Doctor

 

Belén Enciso Ramos
menciso@ing.uc3m.es

Industrial Mechanical Engineer at Carlos III University (2009), place where she obtained her Master Degree in Materials Science and Engineering (2012). She has been developed her technical knowledge as Rotating Equipment Engineer during 6 years working in two companies, Sener, Ingeniería y Sistemas and Initec, Plantas Industriales. She obtained her PhD in 2018 in the same University (Cum Laude) focusing her investigation on the behavior of polymeric composites reinforced with natural fibres under different conditions, analyzing its durability, biodegradation and biodeterioration. Currently, she is working as a postdoctoral researcher in Carlos III University in the department of Materials Science and Engineering and Chemical Engineering at Carlos III University. She is carrying out the thermal, mechanical and structural characterization of electric steels and epoxy resins in order to be employed as materials for transformers. She is author of 7 publications, 3 of them in SCI journals and more than 25 communications to national and international conferences. Besides, she has participated in 4 research projects.

Sara López de Armentia Hernández – PhD Student

Sara López de Armentia
slopezar@ing.uc3m.es

Bachelor Degree in Industrial Technology Engineering at Polytechnic University of Madrid (2015), with her final thesis carried out at Eduardo Torroja Institute for Construction Sciences in Madrid (IETcc-CSIC). Master Degree in Materials Science and Engineering at Carlos III University of Madrid (2018). She was hired as research support technician in Materials Science and Engineering and Chemical Engineering at Carlos III University in 2015 until 2017. She has worked in very different fields: additives for calcium aluminate cement, superhydrophobic coatings, wear, wettability of surfaces, surface treatments, composites and impact resistance. She has participated in the elaboration of 5 research papers and 9 communications to international and national conferences. Nowadays, her work is focused on recycling of composite materials and the study of thermoplastic matrix composite materials. Besides, she is a laboratory professor of subjects related to materials of different Bachelor Degrees in Engineering.

Dr. Pedro Gálvez Villarino

Pedro Gálvez Villarino
pgalvez@ing.uc3m.es

Bachelor Degree in Aerospace Engineering (aerospace propulsion specialization) at Polytechnic University of Madrid (2014). In his bachelor thesis he worked in optimization with genetic algorithms. Master Degree in Materials Science and Engineering at Carlos III University of Madrid (2015). In his master thesis he worked in structural adhesive joints. He started his PhD in 2015, and his research is focused on different areas of both science and engineering of materials and mechanical engineering, highlighting:  composite materials, adhesives, surface treatments, mechanical properties of materials, fracture mechanics and simulation by finite elements. In addition to his research work, he is working as lecturer in subjects related to the science and engineering of materials.