Executive Committee and Officers

Executive Committee

President (2016 - 2017)

Dr Brett Suddelltl_files/webpage_content/images/officers/Brett.jpg
Managing Director
Biobased Solutions Ltd
1 Picton Lane
South Wales, UK

Tel: +44 7742 119600
email: bret...@biobasedsolutions.co.uk

Dr Brett Suddell is a Materials Scientist and Engineer specialising in natural materials, a Fellow of The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IoM3) and a Chartered Environmentalist.  He is the founder and Director of BioBased Solutions Ltd., a natural materials consultancy which advises Industry, Governments and Academics on applications of natural materials along with event organisation and helps companies get access to funding as well as undertaking project management tasks. He has worked with clients including the Common Fund for Commodities, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation and being an invited guest speaker at their intersessional meetings in Brazil and many others. He has a PhD and MRes sponsored by Rolls Royce PLC in Aerospace materials including Titanium Alloys and CMC's.

Brett is a keen supporter of professional institutions at a local, national and international level. Brett has served as the UK representative on FEMS (Federation of European Materials Societies) with over 20,000 members for 8 years and is currently the Vice President of this European organisation and President (from 1st January 2016) . He was a member of the Scientific committee for Euromat 2015 and the Area coordinator for Area E – Energy and the Environment. Brett has served as the Senior Vice President of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IoM3) and the Honorary Overseas Secretary, he has also served as a member of Council, the Managing Board, Chair of the Younger Members Committee, Materials, Minerals and Mining Strategy Commission, and member of the Local Affairs Board of The Institute over a 12 year period. As well as being a trustee of IoM3 and the Institute of Packaging. He founded the Natural Materials Association and is a current board member of this UK based group. Brett is a Past President of the South Wales Materials Association and a past steering group member of Materials Network Wales, Welsh Composites Consortium and Construction Knowledge Wales.  

He is also a member of the ESF pool of reviewers, Eurostars programme, InnovateUK and a reviewer for the Journal of Biobased materials and BioEnergy. A guest Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Biobased materials and BioEnergy and an editor of a special issue of the Journal of Green Materials due out in Spring 2016. Brett has written numerous papers, given invited Plenary and Keynote lectures and  a  book chapter on the applications of natural materials. He has also examined numerous PhD and Masters theses on the subject at Swansea University and the University of New South Wales, Australia. 

Vice-President (2016 - 2017)

Prof. Paloma Fernández Sánchez tl_files/webpage_content/images/officers/Paloma Fernandez.jpg
Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Facultad de Ciencias Físicas
Depto. Física de Materiales
Av. Complutense, s/n
E-28040 Madrid

telef: 0034 913944550
fax: 0034 913944547

Paloma Fernández was born in Madrid in 1961and graduated in Materials Physics in 1985 at University Complutense. She got the Ph Degree in April 1989. During 1990 stayed at Technische Universität in  Berlin as Post-Doc  Researcher. After the Post-Doc period obtained a tenure at Department of Materials Physics in the Faculty of Physics of University Complutense in Madrid, where became a Full Professor in 2007. Having published around 100 SCI papers, her main research interests include the investigation of defects and optical and electronic properties of semiconductors, being also very active in educational research, mainly focused on Materials Science. Since February 2006 is President of Spanish Society of Materials, in this role, since 2007 has participated in FEMS GA. In 2009 she acted as Co-chair for EUROMAT, held in Glasgow. She has been Chair of the Managing Committee and Member of Scientific Committee for the last EUROMAT 2013 held in Seville. Besides the responsibilities as President of SOCIEMAT, she has been Academic Management Responsible (deputy director ) of the Department Materials Physics at the Faculty of Physics, Complutense University (1993-2010); Member of Academic Advisory Committee in the Faculty of Physics, Complutense University (1998-2010) Member of Faculty Board in the Faculty of Physics, Complutense University (2007-2010); Responsible for Physics and Chemistry Speciality in the Master for Secondary and High School Teachers formation at Complutense University (since 2011) and Member of Advisory Committee for the Project ENCIENDE (Promotion of Science at Schools) from Confederation of Spanish Scientific Societies (COSCE).

Immediate Past President (2016 - 2017)

Dr.-Ing. Margarethe Hofmann tl_files/webpage_content/images/officers/Screen-Shot-2015-11-19-at-07.50.32-222x222.png
MAT SEARCH Consulting
Jean Pavillard 14,
CH-1009 Pully-Lausanne
Tel.: ++41 21 729 01 55

Margarethe Hofmann-Amtenbrink started as Assistant for Metallography in industry. She then studied foundry technology and materials science and received her PhD in materials science at Max Planck Institute Stuttgart and Technical University Berlin, Germany. In 1987 she started her own business (Mat Search Consulting Hofmann) in Switzerland. Among various consulting activities for industry she became CEO of the Swiss governmental Priority Program for Materials (PPM 1991-1994), CEO of the Swiss Association for Materials Technology, SVMT and President until 2007, and is still CEO of the Foundation for Rare Metals, ESM. Since about 10 years she is involved in research projects on nanoparticles for biomedical applications and initiated two European Research Projects (FP5 and FP7) for which she was/will be the scientific coordination. Since 5 years she is organising the technical sessions of the conference NanoEurope in Switzerland. She is member of several Advisory Boards in Germany and individual member and member of the Scientific Board of the Swiss Academy for Engineering Sciences, SATW, Switzerland. M. Hofmann-Amtenbrink has published several reports in the field of technology assessment and innovation and published book chapters and articles in the field of biomedical nanotechnology.


Prof. Ludo Froyen
Department Metallurgy and Materials Engineering
Kasteelpark Arenberg 44 - box 2450
3001 Heverlee - Leuven
room: 00.46
tel. +32 16 321277 or +32 16 321260
fax +32 16 321982

Ludo Froyen is professor in Materials engineering and former Dean of the Faculty of Engineering Science at the KU Leuven, Belgium. His research is in the field of development of new metallic materials and material systems, through innovative physical material science principals and creative process techniques. The concept cycle from new material to an industrially usable product is being approached in an integrated way: starting from the physical principals for the building of a microstructure (e.g. microstructural control in dispersion strengthened materials or of metal matrix composites) over the suitable process technique (often original techniques) to the complete characterisation of the manufactured material through advanced material characterisation techniques. This approach is applied on a broad range of considered materials and material systems. Investigated specific processing techniques are controlled solidification processes (e.g. directional solidification),innovative powder metallurgical techniques (e.g. mechanical alloying and synthesis, selective laser sintering and selective laser melting, combustion synthesis, …), …

This research has both an extended basic scientific component (e.g. gain insight in complex solidification structure of multicomponent multiphase systems, reactive synthesis through combustion synthesis, …) as a clear application driven component (e.g. lightweight connecting rod for a car motor, components for high temperature turbines, matrix material for diamant-tools, …). This has led to some patents, together with industrial partners and black box know how for companies.

Within the research on solidification of complex alloys there has been success in the use of the micro gravity environment on board the manned and unmanned spacecrafts like Texus-, Maser- and Maxus rockets, Spacelab, Spacehab, MIR, International Space Station, … Most research has been carried out from the start in an international context and with multi-disciplinary teams.

He is also closely involved the training of material science engineers and of academic engineers in general as former program director of the course Material Science Engineer, former vice-dean and dean of the Faculty of Engineering Science. He is member of several professional, scientific and educational organizations e.g. EPMA (European Powder Metallurgy Association), CLUSTER (Consortium Linking Universities of Science and Technology for Education and Research), CESAER (Conference of European Schools for advanced engineering education and research), SEFI, …

Executive Officers

Professor Aldo R. Boccaccinitl_files/webpage_content/images/officers/Boccaccini_Photo-1.jpg
Head, Institute of Biomaterials
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
University of Erlangen-Nuremberg
Cauerstr. 6
91058 Erlangen, Germany
Tel.:  +49  9131 85 - 2860

Aldo R. Boccaccini is Professor of Biomaterials and Head of the Institute of Biomaterials at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany. Prior to this he was Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Imperial College London, UK (2000-2009), where he is currently Visiting Professor of Materials. Boccaccini holds a MEng degree from Instituto Balseiro (Argentina), PhD (Dr-Ing.) from RWTH Aachen University (Germany) and Habilitation from Ilmenau University of Technology (Germany). The research activities of Prof. Boccaccini are in the broad area of glasses, ceramics and polymer/glass composites for biomedical, functional and/or structural applications. A current focus of his research is the processing and characterization of scaffolds for tissue engineering. He currently leads a group of > 40 researchers and has mentored and graduated > 30 PhD students and > 20 post-docs.

Boccaccini has received numerous international honours and awards, including the FEMS Materials Science and Technology Prize 2003. Most recently, he was awarded the Materials Prize of the German Materials Society (DGM) in 2015, the Turner Award of the International Commission on Glass (2016), the 2016 Pfeil Award of the UK Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and the Friedberg Award and Lecture (2016) of the American Ceramic Society. In 2015, he was elected academician of the World Academy of Ceramics. Boccaccini is editor-in-chief of the journal Materials Letters and serves in the editorial board of > 10 international journals. He is the founding editor and first editor-in-chief of the journal "Biomedical Glasses". In 2015 he was elected member of the Council of the European Society for Biomaterials (ESB).

He also serves in the Review Panel of the German Science Foundation (DFG) and in the Engineering Panel of the European Research Council (ERC). He is international advisor to the Ministry of Science and Technology of Argentina. Boccaccini’s track record includes: > 800 publications, 15 book chapters and he has co-edited 6 books. He is Founder and Chairman of the International conferences series “Electrophoretic Deposition: Fundamentals and Applications”. In the last 5 years, he was in the organising committee of > 50 conferences.



Professor Albano Cavaleirotl_files/webpage_content/images/officers/Cavaleiro.jpg
University of Coimbra
Departamento de Engenharia Mecânica
Pinhal de Marrocos
3030-788 Coimbra
Tel.: +(351)239790745

Albano Cavaleiro is Full Professor in the University of Coimbra, Portugal. In 1990, he received a Ph.D. from the same University on the field of Mechanical Engineering, with a thesis on the surface modification of materials by the sputtering deposition of thin coatings. Presently, he is head of the research group “Surface Engineering Group” of Centre for Mechanical Engineering of the University of Coimbra and head of the Laboratory of Tests Wear & Materials at Instituto Pedro Nunes. His field of research and publications is related with the degradation and protection of materials, in the following fields:Materials and Surface Engineering, Structural transformations, Deposition and characterization of thin films, Tribology, Nanocrystalline and nanocomposite materials, Electrolytes for fuel cells, Biomaterials; Hard coatings, Mechanical characterization of thin films (depth sensing indentation), Corrosion and oxidation behaviour of thin coatings, Self-lubricating coatings. He participated in more than 30 research projects from which he was scientific responsible in more than 20. He was invited for talks in about 30 international conferences. He supervises(d) 14 PhD students and have an extensive evaluating activity for national and international research agencies. He published more than 250 papers from which about 220 in international journals of SCI. He belongs to the executive committee of the Portuguese Materials Society since 2010. In 2013 he acted as Co-chair for EUROMAT, held in Seville.


Eric Le Bourhistl_files/webpage_content/images/officers/Eric Le Bourhis.jpg
Institut P’
Bd M&P Curie
86960 Futuroscope

tel +33 0549496758
fax +33 0549496692

Eric Le Bourhis is professor at Poitiers University (Futuroscope, France) in the department of materials' physics. He initially taught at a secondary school in Lima (Peru) between 1989 and 1991. Upon returning to France, he gained his PhD at Paris VII University in 1994. Then he joined Evry University for one year as an assistant professor and subsequently the Saint Gobain R&D team at Aubervilliers for 4 years as an engineer. During this industrial period, he applied contact mechanics to glass surfaces and coatings developed for glazing, and was also involved in industrial production tasks. He joined Poitiers University in 1998, where he has pursued an activity to promote sol-gel hybrid coatings in close collaboration with glass industrial manufacturers, while his other research activities focus on the mechanical properties of thin-films and nanostructures. He has published 150 papers in international journals, 3 patents and 1 book (Glass Mechanics and Technology, 2nd Ed., Wiley VCH, 2014).

He has been involved in the organisation of different small-scale mechanics workshops (JMC9 2004, SF2M 2004, Matériaux 2010 & 2014), 2 MRS (Boston 2007 & 2009) and 1 EUROMAT (Montpellier 2011) symposia. He is also member of the board of SF2M.

Prof. Livio Battezzati
Professor of Metallurgy
Dipartimento di Chimica
Università di Torino
Via Pietro Giuria 7
10125 Torino
Tel: +390116707567
Fax +390116707855

Livio Battezzati, Chemistry graduate from Turin University, developed his academic career in the same University which he left on 1985-86 for a sabbatical year at the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, University of Cambridge (UK). Associate Professor in Metal Science since 1981, he became full Professor in 2001. He is author of about 250 scientific papers published in international journals and books. His research activities are on the thermodynamics and phase transformations in alloys, rapid solidification and mechanical alloying, metallic glasses, quasicrystals, microstructures and metastable compounds, industrial processes of alloy solidification and precipitation hardening. Livio Battezzati is presently responsable of the Materials Science Courses at University of Turin. He has chaired the Physical Metallurgy Centre of the Italian Association for Metallurgy and co-chaired EUROMAT 2011. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Materials and a Corresponding Member of the Academy of Sciences of Turin.

Dr. Jana Horniková
Institute of Solid Mechanics, Mechatronics and Biomechanics
Brno University of Technology
Technická 2
616 69 Brno
Czech Republic
Tel.: (+420) 541 142 866

Jana Horníková after graduating from Brno University of Technology started as a researcher in engineering industry. After 5 years she returned back to the University as a lecturer at the Institute of Solid Mechanics, Mechatronics and Biomechanics. In 2001 she acquired her Ph.D. degree in “Applied mechanics” and in 2009 she was awarded an Associate Professor.
During her employment at the university, Jana Horníková has gained experience in fracture mechanics and computer modelling with a main focus on the finite element method and the boundary element method. She paid a special attention to the problems of shielding effects. The results achieved were published in more than 80 original scientific papers in journals and in proceedings of international conferences.
Jana Horníková is an executive editor of a scientific journal “Engineering Mechanics” that six times a year publishes reviewed papers in the area of technical applications of mechanics. She has been an active member of several organizing teams of various conferences and she is a member of the scientific committee of a regular conference on “Fatigue and Damage Mechanics”. She is a member of the managing committee of “The Czech Society for New Materials and Technologies” which supports international cooperation and research and development in the area of new materials and technologies, including their applications in production practice.


Dr. Anna Zervakitl_files/webpage_content/images/officers/Zervaki-222x222.png

Laboratory of Materials,
Department of Mechanical Engineering,
University of Thessaly, Greece,


Anna Zervaki graduated as a Mining and Metallurgical Engineer from the National Technical University of Athens in 1989. After graduation she joined the Laser Applications Group at IESL/FORTH, and in 1991 she moved to MIRTEC SA, in Volos Greece. She partially returned to the University in 1996, and in 2004 received her Ph.D. from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Thessaly. In 2002, she joined the Materials Laboratory, where currently she is working as a Laboratory Teaching Staff. Her research interests are in the field of Structure-Processing-Properties-Performance interactions in metallic materials/Computational alloy thermodynamics and kinetics/Laser welding/FSW/Shape memory alloys/Failure analysis of Mechanical Components and Structures. She is co-author of about 85 papers published in International journals and Conference Proceedings, and more than 300 failure analysis reports to the Industry. Since 2010 she is President of the Hellenic Metallurgical Society, and is actively involved in the organisation of EUROMAT 2017, as the chair of the Managing Committee.

Dr Bernard Rickinson CEng, FIMMM tl_files/webpage_content/images/officers/Rickinson.jpg
Chief Executive's Office
The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining
1 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5DB
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 20 7451 7365

Graduating in metallurgy, with subsequent research activity in the UK and USA, Dr Rickinson has managed the development of novel processes and alloy development for businesses in aerospace, power generation, automotive and general engineering applications.  In the mid 80’s and 90’s he became a world leader for the application of Hot Isostatic Processing and directed the activities of Bodycote PLC in this area, becoming a main board director of Bodycote PLC in 1996.  Currently operating as the Chief Executive of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) he has actively supported the growth of the Institute to encompass the complete material cycle and in this strategy has involved the Institute in five separate organisational mergers in the last decade.
Dr Rickinson actively supported the development of Foresight in the Materials community and with the Institute was fully engaged in the transfer of Faraday partnerships into the Materials KTN.  During the period 2005 to 2014 the Institute provided core services and technical leadership to grow an effective knowledge exchange network in Materials and Manufacturing in the UK.  To broaden interdisciplinary activity, Dr Rickinson developed the Materials and Design Exchange, a unique network involving materials specialists and the UK product design community.  This concept has provided significant strategic development for OEM’s, SME’s and UK Government and its aims are currently being paralleled by the European Commission.
Dr Rickinson has established strong links to Government departments, particularly BIS and the Home Office.  Innovative concepts to reduce glassing injuries and metal theft have been recently developed by the Institute to assist British Transport Police and other large agencies and businesses.


Prof Dariusz Katatl_files/webpage_content/images/officers/kata.png

AGH University of Science and Technology
Faculty of Materials Science and Ceramics
Al. Mickiewicza 30, 30-059 Cracow, Poland

tel. +48 12 617 25-74
mob. +48 503 460 259
mail: kat...@agh.edu.pl

Dariusz Kata is the professor at the AGH-University of Science and Technology, Cracow, Poland. He gained Ph.D. at the same University in 1997. The main subject of his research was the synthesis and processing of novel ceramic composites in the Si-C-N system. Next he was staying two years at the Ryukoku University, Kyoto, Japan teaching students and conducting research on the covalently bonded solid-solutions. In 2007 he finished his habilitation and currently he is staying at AGH as full professor. His research is focus on synthesis and sintering of advanced composites and examination of their structure and microstructure. His expertise is extended to thermal dissociation of nitrides and carbides, measurements of structural and functional properties of polycrystalline compounds and preparation and rheological investigation of UV-cure pastes. Recently, he started to explore joining of the materials and shaping by additive manufacturing method. Professor Dariusz Kata published two books and is co-author of around 140 papers. He was invited as visiting professor in Hokkaido University in Japan (2010, 2012, 2015); Uniwersity of Ceretaro, Mexico (2008), University of Miskolsc, Hungary (2013) and University of Central Florida, USA (2015). He is member of several Advisory Boards in Poland and Japan.


Dr. Csaba Balázsitl_files/webpage_content/images/officers/Csaba Balzski.jpg

Centre for Energy Research
Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Konkoly-Thege M. 29-33
1121 Budapest

Tel: +36 1 392 2249
Fax: +36 1 392 2226

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

He is a metallurgical engineer with 20+ years of practice in various physical and chemical technologies of nanocomposite manufacturing, including nano-milling, hydrothermal, powder metallurgy,sintering, electrospinning. His research area covers 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 sensors, carbon nanotube/graphene nano-platelet added silicon nitride ceramic composites for tribological applications and several other nanocomposites, including polymer based biocompatible composites for orthopedics. He is principal investigator or co-PI in several national (OTKA, NKTH, TéT, Eötvös, Bolyai) and international (FP7, NATO, NSF, ESA) 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 including the American Ceramic Society (ACERS), the 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.


Dr Hugh M. Dunlop
Mob: +33 6 62 15 81 79

Hugh Dunlop is a British citizen having spent most of his career in France after obtaining his BSc in geology and PhD in isotope geochemistry from Edinburgh University. Previously senior scientist at the Aluminium Company Constellium corporate research centre near Grenoble, he was in charge of the idea generation process for innovation within the organisation and responsible for European fund brokerage for Constellium’s Global Aerospace RTD. Prior to that he was head of the materials characterization facilities for nine years at Constellium CRV (formerly Alcan and Pechiney). Hugh Dunlop has more than 30 years’ experience in light metal surface and interface phenomena (oxidation, surface treatments, lubrication, bonding) and has published more than 50 papers in the field.. He is also experienced in project management, quality and EHS procedures, and the application of ISO9001, ISO14001 and OHSAS18001 standards. He served on ISO9001 expert committees TC201 and TC202 concerning the development of standards for surface and bulk analysis with techniques such as ESCA, SIMS, and EPMA. He has been on several conference organising committees and was chairman of the 4th International Symposium "Aluminium Surface Science and Technology", held in Beaune in 2006. He has served on the European Aluminium Association’s Technology Platform, and is member of the SF2M.