Education

Our compromise is to mentor and train PhD students and post-doctoral fellows to stablish their future careers. Frequently we organise seminars and workshops for training undergraduate students and young researches and to engage public in general into science. We always welcome talented students, who can address important research questions to perform stays at our laboratories in a transdisciplinary and multicultural environment.

Contact: doc. Ing. Ladislav Čelko, Ph.D.

Topics in progress

  • Direct ink writing for fabrication of biological-tissue-like-constructs
  • Additive manufacturing of patient tailored implants
  • Advanced design, development and evaluation of the next generation of thermal barrier coatings

Direct ink writing for fabrication of biological-tissue-like-constructs

This PhD research topic explores Direct Ink Writing method, also known as robocoasting, for in vitro fabrication of tissue-like-constructs with potential application as i) tissue or organ substitutes in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine approaches or ii) development of models for in vitro testing of drugs and new therapies. Direct ink writing is an additive manufacturing method able to produce polymeric, ceramic or metallic shapes, besides, it offer the possibility to use cell-loaded materials to fabricate directly cell-containing constructs. Along the studies, the candidate will have the opportunity to learn and work from the synthesis of the materials for manufacturing, to the biological characterization of the manufactured constructs. Principal attention will devote to fabrication of bone-like tissues, but according with the results, other tissues such as pancreas, muscle or neuronal will be addressed. Highly motivated and collaborative candidates with outstanding track of records and with the ambition to learn from both materials and biological sciences are welcome to submit an application.

Contact person: Edgar B. Montufar Ph.D.

Additive manufacturing of patient tailored implants

This PhD topic is focused on the development of implants individually designed to address specific challenges in a personalized medicine approach. A combination of imaging techniques with computer assisted fabrication methods such as selective laser melting, direct in writing and machining will be the bases to solve this topic. Along the studies, the candidate will have the opportunity to learn and work in specific challenges in orthopaedic surgery, focused in children diseases, processing and characterization of biomaterials at different scales and in vitro characterization of implants. Highly motivated and collaborative candidates with outstanding track of records and with the ambition to learn from both materials and biological sciences are welcome to submit an application.

Contact person: Edgar B. Montufar Ph.D.

Advanced design, development and evaluation of the next generation of thermal barrier coatings

Thermal barrier coatings (TBCs) are playing a significant role in advancing the efficiency of aircraft gas-turbine engines. These high-temperature ceramic coatings provide a high level of thermal protection for the underlying turbine substrate as well as extensive durability under severe environmental conditions. While the effect of TBCs towards the engines efficiency has been recognized in industry over the past decades, advanced research focused on extending the life and performance of TBCs is still necessary and mandatory. 

The doctoral thesis will be focused on the detailed research and advanced development of multilayer TBCs systems. In particular, the PhD candidate will be focused on investigating and evaluating systems which will be composed of rare-earth zirconates (LZ) with the general formula Ln2Zr2O7 (where Ln = rare-earth ions). 

The aim of this study will be, thus, the design, development, testing and evaluation of multilayer thermal barrier coating architectures with increased temperature capability (above 1300 °C) and increased protection against severe environments (e.g. CMAS attack) for aircraft gas-turbine engines to overcome todays’ limitations and reach todays’ energy and technology needs. Novel synthetic and characterization techniques currently used in the fields of chemical engineering and materials synthesis will be applied to study, develop and evaluate these advanced ceramic systems.

Contact person: Ing. Melita Menelaou, Ph.D.