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Functional surfaces and coatings

To provide surfaces with additional functionalities beyond the traditional decorative or protective ones is a key issue in science and technology. In particular, surface properties present relevant and specific scientific challenges that must be understood in depth prior to their implementation in devices. Paving the way towards a systematic functionalization of surfaces of active materials, via patterning and/or chemical modification techniques, will lead to obtaining specific and tailored magnetic, optical and mechanical responses in these materials upon the application of the pertinent stimulus. In this context, BCMaterials is working on the investigation of patterned surfaces and films and well as on the functional surface modification following a wide variety of methods, including chemical and physical deposition and printing techniques, among others.


Endrino, Jose L. Ikerbasque Research Professor
Email: jose.endrino@bcmaterials.net

Short Bio

Jose L. is currently Ikerbasque Professor and Head of Functional Surfaces and Coatings. He carried out his doctoral studies in Mechanical Engineering at the University of New Hampshire (USA) on the impact of coating architecture on the hardness, friction and wear of nanocomposite tribological coatings. From 2014 to 2019, he has been the director of the Surface Engineering and Precision Institute (SEPI) at the University of Cranfield (United Kingdom) and co-Director of the Centre of Doctoral Training in Ultra-precision Engineering along with Cambridge University. Previously he worked in the academic sector (at the Institute of Materials Science of Madrid and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory), in the industrial sector of renewable energies at Abengoa Research and in the field of tool materials and coatings at the company Oerlikon Balzers in Liechtenstein. He has published more than 100 scientific articles and has been inventor of more than 24 national and international patent applications in new materials and coatings for solar energy, catalysis and tools. He has been the main organizer of several international conferences and symposiums in the field of surface engineering and has acted as associate editor of several international scientific journals. He has supervised postgraduate students from many countries including Spain, Poland, United Kingdom, France, Nigeria, Kenia, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan Malaysia and China.

Research Interests

I) Deposition of thin films and coatings for a wide variety of applications (tribology, catalysis, energy).

II) Digital manufacturing of advanced coatings and surfaces.

III) Application of a wide range of synchrotron X-ray spectroscopic techniques in the characterization of technologically important materials.

IV) Acquiring key fundamental knowledge, valuable intellectual property, and development of key surface coating products for various surface engineering applications.

V) Establishing key scientific collaboration with a large number of renowned materials science institutes and universities in South America, Asia and Europe.

VI) Technological transfer between academia, government agencies and industry.

Morales, Rafael Ikerbasque Research Professor – UPV/EHU Research Associate
Email: rafael.morales@ehu.eus

Nanopatterning (electron beam and interference lithography), thin film deposition, magnetic nanostructure characterization.

Rafael Morales received his Ph. D degree in Physics from the University of Oviedo, Spain, in 2002. He was awarded with a Fulbright and a Marie Curie fellowship to work at the University of California, San Diego. He joined University of Oviedo and Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology Research Center, CINN, Spain, in 2007. Since 2010, he works at the University of the Basque Country as Ikerbasque Research Professor. He has experience in the fabrication of magnetic heterostructures by physical vapour deposition techniques, magnetic analysis by magnetometry and magneto-optical methods and nanopatterning lithography procedures. His research interests are focused on dimensionality effects in nanoscale magnetic structures, exchange coupled systems with in-plane and out-of-plane anisotropy and the potential of magnetic nanostructures in biomedical applications.

Interests and objetives
Research on magnetic properties of magnetically coupled heterostructures: thin films and nanostructures.
Biomedical application of magnetic nanostructures.

Curriculum Vitae

Porro, José María Ikerbasque Research Fellow
Email: jm.porro@bcmaterials.net

Physics PhD in Materials Science, from the University of the Basque Country (2014), developed in the nanomagnetism group at CIC nanoGUNE in Donostia-San Sebastián, Basque Country, Spain. Post-doctoral experience for 3.5 years at the ISIS neutron and muon source of the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Science and Technology Facilities Council, of the United Kingdom. Visiting scientist for three years at the i10 beamline of the Diamond Light Source, the synchrotron facility of the United Kingdom. Currently Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellow at the BCMaterials.

His expertise is focalized in nanomagnetism, with demonstrated hands-on experience in the design and fabrication of micro and nano-patterned structures, as well as in their characterization by means of standard lab-based techniques, combined with a strong experience in the usage of large scale structures such as neutron and synchrotron sources to complement the characterization of the materials. In particular, he has experience in preparing, submitting and performing neutron scattering and synchrotron-based experiments in the following centres: Institute Laue-Langevin (Grenoble, France), ISIS neutron and muon source (Oxfordshire, UK), SPring-8 synchrotron (Hyogo, Japan), ALBA synchrotron (Barcelona, Spain), Diamond Light Source (Oxfordshire, UK), NSLS-II synchrotron (Brookhaven National Laboratory, USA), SOLEIL synchrotron (París, France) and Advanced Light Source (Lawrence-Berkeley National Laboratory, USA).

He has secured funding as a PI of an H2020 project (MSCA-IF-EF-ST), and as researcher in international (EPSRC, UK), national (MINECO) and regional (ELKARTEK) projects. He has published several manuscripts in indexed journals with a strong percentage of them in Q1, with an h-index of 9, and has presented his work as invited and oral speaker in several international and national conferences in the area of magnetism and material sciences.

Research interests
Currently, I am involved in the study of the effect of patterning in the properties of magnetic shape memory alloys thanks to a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship obtained through the EU Horizon2020 program. My general interests lie in the fields of nanomagnetism, nanofabrication, micromagnetic modelling and magnetization dynamics.

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Valbuena-Niño, Ely Dannier Post-Doctoral Researcher
Email: ely.valbuena@bcmaterials.net

Ely Dannier joint BCMaterials as a Post-Doctoral Researcher in October 2019. He got a Master´s Degree in Physics at the Industrial University of Santander and has a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Madrid (Spain) on the Systematic research of physicochemical properties of functional photopolymers for additive manufacturing. He is one of the founder of the Foundation of Researchers in Science and Technology of Materials (FORISTOM) in Colombia. Previously he worked in the academic sector (at the University Industrial de Santander and the University Pontificia Bolivariana in Bucaramanga city, Colombia). He has actively conducted scientific research in various areas, especially in surface modification of materials through physical processes and additive manufacturing of functional devices by 3D printing. He has published his work in a number of scientific articles and edited several volumes of scientific articles on materials science, engineering, and nanotechnology which were published by the IOP Publishing in the Journal of Physics: Conference Series (JPCS). In addition, Ely has supervised various grade and master’s students, he is a peer reviewer of scientific articles and research projects, organizer and speaker at several international conferences and symposiums for academic-scientific dissemination. His research lines are the bulk and superficial modification of metallic and polymeric materials through Ion Implantation processes, deposition (coatings and thin films), and additive manufacturing (3D printing). He has good knowledge of the analysis of physicochemical properties of thin film materials including the use of morphological, spectroscopic, thermal and mechanical characterization techniques.


Research Associates

In this research line also take part several Research Associates, that belong to the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) and perform part of their activity within BCMaterials. Thus, the work of the different lines is carried out in close collaboration with research groups at the University, promoting excellence and worldwide impact.