Plenary and Keynote Lecture

Plenary and Keynote Lecture
Plenary Lecture
  • Prof. Dr. José M. TORRALBA
    Director-General for Universities and Research of Madrid Regional Government.
    Title: Co-W-Al base superalloys by Powder Metallurgy: a new approach for processing materials for high temperature applications

Metallurgical Engineer (1982, Technical University of Madrid –UPM-),
Dr. Eng. Metallurgy (1985, UPM),
Armament and Material Engineer (1986, Escuela Politécnica Superior del Ejército –EPSE-),
Dr. Eng. Armament (1994, EPSE).
He has been Head of the Materials Science and Engineering Department (UC3M) in 1999-2000, Vice-rector for Academics Infrastructures (UC3M)(2000-2004), Vice-rector for Research and Innovation (UC3M)(2004-2006). Deputy Director of Institute IMDEA Materials (2009-2015). Professor of MSE at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
His main scientific-technical field of interest is Powder Metallurgy.
He has published more than 450 scientific papers (210 in the JCR with more than 2000 cites),
He has supervised 26 PhD thesis and 80 Diploma Thesis.
In 1999 has received the “Professor Fryderyk Staub” Award by the Silesian University of Technology (Poland), in 2001 the Honoris Causa Doctorate by the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca (Rumania), in 2005 the Slovak Academy of Sciences Award and in 2007 Honoris Causa Doctorate by the University of Craiova (Rumania). European Powder Metallurgy Association Special Services Award (2013). Honor Award of the University College Fernando Abril Martorell (2014). Fellow American Powder Metallurgy Institute (2015).
He has participated in more than 70 international scientific committees of International Conferences and being Chairman of 7 of them (including AMTP’2001 and AMTP’2015). He has been involved in 35 competitive projects (in regional, national and international frameworks), being the main researcher in 25. He has managed several research grants with industries, including the Höganäs Chair in Powder Metallurgy. He is Regional Editor (for Europe) of Journal of Materials Processing Technology and Journal of Achievements in Materials and Manufacturing Engineering. Editor in Chief (co-editor) of Powder Metallurgy.
From 2009 to 2015 Academic Supervisor of the EPMA Summer School.

  • Prof. Hideshi MIURA
    Professor Emeritus of Kyushu University, Japan
    Title: Development of Innovative Ti Alloys through MIM Process

Hideshi Miura is Professor Emeritus and Professor of Research Center for Steel in Kyushu University and he is the leading Japanese academics in Powder Metallurgy. He was a past President of Japan Society of Powder & Powder Metallurgy (JSPM) and was Co-chair of the 2012 P/M World Congress in Yokohama.
He has led significant developments in ferrous press & sinter and MIM technologies, and recently developed laser-based AM for Ti alloys and superalloys.
He has contributed over 300 papers, 1 book (Translated the Powder Metallurgy Science written by R. M. German), 12 patents, and 20 edited books.
He received more than 25 Awards from Japan Society of Powder Metallurgy, Japan Society of Mechanical Engineering, Japan Institute of Metals, The Iron and Steel Institute of Japan, and also received The American Powder Metallurgy Institute International Fellow Award in 2016 as first winner from Asia.

  • Prof. Dr. Byoung-Kee KIM
    Dept. of Advanced Materials Engineering University of Ulsan, Republic of Korea
    Title: Nanostructure Materials produced by Chemical Process

Academic History

  • 1990 Ph.D. Rutgers University, USA (Materials Science)
  • 1988 Master Rutgers University, USA (Materials Science)
  • 1981 Bachelor Hanyang University, Korea (Materials Science)


  • 2010-Present Prof/Dean of Advanced Materials Engineering, University of Ulsan, Korea
  • 1991-2010 Head of Dept./Vice president, Korea Institute of Materials Science, Korea
  • 2005-Present Full Member, National Academy of Engineering of Korea
  • 2011 President of Korea Powder Metallurgy Institute, Korea
  • 2009-2011 Director of Korea Institute of Metals and Materials, Korea
  • 2004-2006 Vice President, Korean Association for Particle and Aerosol Research, Korea
  • 1998-2011 Full Member, American Powder Metallurgy Institute, USA
  • 2017-Present Chairman of Industrial Technology Protection (Steel committee)
  • 2016-Present Chairman of National R&D Program Committee for Lightweight Materials
  • 2006-2010 Head of Metals Bank, KIMS, Korea
  • 2006-2011 Head of Center for Development of Metals Core Technology


  • 2009 ‘Woong-bi’ Medal (Ministry of Science and Technology)

Keynote Lecture
  • Prof. Paweł ZIEBA
    Institute of Metallurgy and Materials Science, Polish Academy of Sciences, Cracow, Poland
    Title: Some technological aspects of discontinuous solid state reactions

Pawel Zieba (born 1956) is the head of the Institute of Metallurgy and Materials Science of the Polish Academy of Sciences. His PhD and DSc he obtained at the Polish Academy of Sciences in 1987 and 1997, respectively. Since 2003 he is professor with the scientific title received from the President of Republic of Poland. In 1991-92 he was British Council Fellow at Manchester Materials Science Centre and then in 1997-2001 Alexander von Humboldt Foundation at Max-Planck Institute für Metallforschung and Institut für Metallkunde der Stuttgart Universität. Between 2003-2011 he was General Secretary of the Polish Society for Materials Science. From 2011 to 2015 he was member of Executive Committee of European Federation of Materials Societies. Since 2011 he is Editor in Chief of Archives of Metallurgy and Materials. In 2016 Professor Zieba was elected as the Corresponding Member of the Polish Academy of Sciences. He is author more than 300 papers which were published in the field of modern methods of materials characterization including electron microscopy, mass and charge transport at grain boundaries of metallic and ceramic materials, interconnection and joining of materials and renewable energy sources like silicon solar cells.

  • Prof. Jan DUSZA
    Head of the Centre for Advanced Materials and Technologies – PROMATECH,
    Institute of Materials Research of SAS, Slovakia
    Title: Ceramic – Graphene Nanocomposites
RNDr, PhD., DrSc.,

Field(s) of research activity
Microstructure and mechanical properties of monolithic ceramics, ceramic matrix composites and nano-composites;
High temperature characteristics of brittle materials / creep, slow crack growth, oxidation, etc;
Fractographic failure analysis of brittle materials; Nano-mechanical testing of advanced ceramics.

Awards, prizes

  • 1989-1990 Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship, Stuttgart
  • 1995 Lisa Meitner fellowship, University of Vienna
  • 1998 EC Fellow, JRC, IAM Petten
  • 1999 Hertha Filnberg fellowship, Austrian Research Center Seibersdorf, Seibersdorf
  • 2012 Academician of the World Academy of Ceramics
  • 2014 Dennis Gabor Award, Budapest, Hungary
  • 2015 Fellow of the European Ceramic Society
  • 2016 Jedlik Anyos Award, Slovakia
  • 2016 Adjunct professor, NPU, XI´AN, CHINA

Publications, citations, patents
more than 150 CC publications, 1400 citations, 3 patents

  • Prof. Dr. Tohru SEKINO
    The Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research (ISIR), Osaka University, Japan
    Title: Materials Tuning of Titania Nanotubes for Advanced Multifunctionalities

Dr. Sekino graduated from Tohoku University and recruited into Osaka University as a Research Associate of the Institute of Scientific and Industrials Research (ISIR) in 1990. He obtained his doctorate in engineering from Osaka University in 1997. Dr. Sekino was appointed as an Associate Professor of Tohoku University and as a Professor at the ISIR Osaka University in 2014. Since April 2017, he is concurrently serving as the director assistant of ISIR.

Research field
He is involved in various cutting edge investigations in design, development, and functionalization for a wide variety of ceramics including nanocomposites, nanostructured materials, and nanohybrid materials. He has over 290 peer-reviewed publications in the worldwide journals including J. Am. Ceram. Soc., Adv. Mater., J. Nanosci. Nanotech., Langmuir, Appl. Catal., Chem. Mater. etc. He is a (co)inventor of more than 30 patents including overseas ones.


Curriculum Vitae

  • Prof. Hikaru KOBAYASHI
    Osaka University, Japan
    Title: Si material for suppression of oxidative stress in human body
Date of birth: 1956.4.1
Address: Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research, Osaka University, 1-8, Mihogaoka, Ibaraki, Osaka 567-0047, Japan

  • 1984.3: Completion of graduate school of Kyoto University, Doctor of Science
  • 1984.3-1986.3: Post-doctoral Fellow, Department of Physics, University of Pennsylvania
  • 1986.4-1987.1: Researcher, Matsushita Electronic Company, Kyoto Research Institute
  • 1987.1-1990.7: Research Associate, Department of Chemistry, Faculty Engineering Science, Osaka University
  • 1990.7-1998.7: Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, Faculty Engineering Science, Osaka University
  • 1998.7-present: Professor, Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research, Osaka University


  • 1995-1998: JST, PRESTO, Study on interfacial reactions by means of XPS measurements under bias
  • 2001-2006: JST, CREST, Thin film solar cells having new chemical bonds
  • 2001-2003: NEDO, Innovative next-generation PV system technology research development
  • 2003-2004: Kansai Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry, Study of defect passivation etch-less semiconductor cleaning method
  • 2004-2005: Kansai Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry, Study on apparatus for low temperature Si oxidation
  • 2004-2006: JST, Supporting Program for Creating University Ventures, Study on semiconductor cleaning solutions having defect passivation effect
  • 2006-2013: JST, CREST, Development of ultralow power system display having limit gate structure
  • 2014-presednt: JST, CREST, Ultrahigh efficiency crystalline Si solar cells by use of phase interface control method

  • Prof. Jan KAZIOR
    Cracow University of Technology, Poland
    Title: Enhanced sintering of AISI 316L austeniting stainless steel powder by nanografite addition


  • 1976 – present Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Cracow University of Technology, Poland


  • 1975 – M.Sc. Department of Metallurgy, AGH University of Science of Technology
    1985 – Ph.D. Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Cracow University of Technology
    1994 – D.Sc. Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Cracow University of Technology
    2004 – Prof. Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Cracow University of Technology

Positions held
Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Cracow University of Technology, Poland

  • 1999 – present Professor
    1996 – 2002 Vice-Head of Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Cracow University of Technology
    2002 – 2005 Vice-Rector of Cracow University of Technology
    2006 – 2008 Head of Material Engineering Institute, Cracow University of Technology
    2008 – 2016 Vice-Rector of Cracow University of Technology
    2016 to present Rector of Cracow University of Technology

Stay abroad

  • 1984 University of Clermont-Ferrand, France
  • 1989 University of Padua, Italy
  • 1991 University of Trento, Italy


  • Polish Society of Materials (PTM)
  • American Powder Metallurgy Institute 1996-2013 (APMI)
  • European Powder Metallurgy Association (EPMA)
  • European Powder Metallurgy Institute

Fields of interest

  • Characterization of sintered materials
  • Sintering of iron base powder
  • Nano-materials

Industrial Experience

  • Founder of University Academic Incubator
  • Founder of a Cracow University spin-off company

  • Prof. Boris STRAUMAL
    Institute of Solid State Physics RAS, Russia
    Title: Diffusive and Displacive Phase Transformations in Nanocomposites under High Pressure Torsion

Prof. D. sc. Boris Straumal was born in 1955 in Tashkent (former USSR, now Uzbekistan).

In 1978 he was graduated in Materials Science and Metal Physics at the Moscow Institute of Steel and Alloys (now NITU MISiS). Later he continued there his post-graduate studies and finished his PhD work on thermodynamic and kinetic properties of interphase boundaries in 1983. In 1996 B. Straumal defended his D.Sc. thesis on grain boundary phase transitions in metals and alloys.

Since 1974 he works at the Institute of Solid State Physics of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Chernogolovka, Russia (ISSP RAS). At ISSP RAS he was student, PhD student, research fellow etc. Since 2003 he is the head of the Laboratory of interfaces in metals at ISSP RAS. Since 2017 he is the head of the Scientific Centre of RAS in Chernogolovka.

Since 2003 he is the full professor (part-time) at NITU MISiS. In 2000-2013 he was full professor (part-time) at Moscow Lomonosov University. In 2009-2015 he was full professor (part-time) at Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (State University). Between 1990 and 2016 B. Straumal was guest-professor and research fellow at University of Stuttgart/Germany, Max-Planck Institute of Metals Research in Stuttgart/Germany, Kalrsruhe Unversity of Technology, Germany, Institute of Metallurgy and Materials Science, Cracow/ Poland, AGH University of Science and Technology, Cracow/ Poland, Kumamoto University, Kumamoto/Japan, Tohoku University, Sendai/Japan, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg/Sweden, TECHNION – Israel University of Technology, Haifa/Israel, University of Valencia, Valencia/Spain, Masaryk University, Brno/Czech Republik, Comahue University, Neuquen/Argentina.

Boris Straumal is the author of 340 scientific papers and review articles, his works were cited 5300 times, his Hirsch factor is 46.