Aula Magna Giovanni Agnelli


Mathias Herrmann

 Wear resistant materials – present and future

Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS in Dresden, Germany


Wednesday 19 June / 08.30 • Aula Magna


Dr.  Mathias Herrmann is head of department at the Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS in Dresden, Germany. He studied chemistry and received his Ph.D. degree in chemistry at the Moscow State University, Russia in 1984. Mathias Herrmann started his research activities in the field of ceramic materials at the Academy of Science of the GDR. Since 1992 he has been working in different positions at the Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS.


During his career, Mathias Herrmann held lectures at different universities. He was visiting lecturer at Wits University from 2002 to 20014. He co-supervised more than 20 PhD theses, participated or directed several European and national projects. He is author/coauthor of more than 200 papers including review articles as well as of 30 patents. He received the Fraunhofer Award in 1999 and the Scientific Award of the Stifterverband of the German Industry in 2010.


His main research fields concern the development and characterization of nonoxide ceramic materials and components for structural applications. In the last years, his research focused on the tailoring of microstructures of silicon nitride materials with improved wear and corrosion behavior as well as the development of superhard wear-resistant ceramic composites.


Pedro Ivo Batistel Galiote Brossi Pelissari

Nacre-like ceramic refractories for high temperature applications

HiTemp Technological Solutions, São Carlos, São Paulo, Brazil


Wednesday 19 June / 09.20 • Aula Magna


Pedro Ivo Batistel Galiote Brossi Pelissari is the CEO and partner of HiTemp Technological Solutions, technology-based Spin-off in São Carlos, São Paulo, Brazil. He started his academic studies at the Physics Institute of São Carlos of the São Paulo University in Brazil, where later he obtained his bachelor (2005-2009) and master in applied physics (2010-2012). Along his master’s course, he attended the undergraduate one in Materials Engineering (2010-2014) at the Federal University of São Carlos in Brazil.

In parallel, he worked as an associated researcher at Figlabs Research and Development Ltd in 2013 and held the same position at Centre of Characterization and Development of Materials in 2014. Later, he began his Ph.D. in materials science and engineering (2015-2019) at the Federal University of São Carlos in Brazil. During his Ph.D., he carried out an internship at ETH Zürich (2015-2016) and at Imperial College London (2016). In 2018, he started a spin-off focused on the integration of technical ceramics development and industrial production enhancement to the 4.0 industry technologies. In addition, he has received an innovation government grant (FAPESP) for a multicriteria optimization software for high-temperature insulating linings.

He has published 9 technical papers in peer-reviewed journals. Authored and co-authored many works presented in several conferences since 2008. He is the co-author of the best presentation award in ALAFAR 2018. Additionally, he has participated in the organization local committee of the ICC7, held in Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil, and presented 2 invited talks in the same conference. His main research interest is the development of high-performance technical ceramics for high-temperature applications assisted by machine learning and numerical simulations.


Young-Wook Kim

Using Microstructure and Composition to Achieve High Performance SiC Ceramic

Department of Materials Science and Engineering at University of Seoul in Seoul, Korea


Wednesday 19 June / 09.25 • Aula Magna


Young-Wook Kim is Professor of Department of Materials Science and Engineering at University of Seoul in Seoul, Korea. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Materials Science and Engineering from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) in Daejeon, Korea and a B.S. degree in Ceramic Engineering from Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea. Before joining the University of Seoul in 1996, he worked as a senior research scientist at the Korea Institute of Science and Technology. He was a visiting researcher at the National Institute for Research in Inorganic Materials and a visiting professor at the University of Toronto. His research interests include the microstructural control of nonoxide ceramics, the mechanical, electrical and thermal properties of SiC ceramics, and the processing of polysiloxane-derived ceramics. He has authored or co-authored about 280 journal articles and holds about 50 issued patents. Prof. Kim is an academician from the World Academy of Ceramics and a fellow of the American Ceramic Society. He received “Global Star Award” from the American Ceramics Society, “Academic Award” from the Korean Ceramic Society, a “Distinguished Paper Award” from the Korea Federation of Science and Technology Societies, and others.


Prof. Kim is a member of the European Ceramic Society (ECerS) since 2017. He has authored or co-authored about 36 articles in the Journal of the European Ceramic Society. He served as a member of the ECerS International Advisory Board since 2017.


Richard Todd

Flash sintering – where’s the magic?

University of Oxford, UK


Wednesday 19 June / 09.55 • Aula Magna


Richard Todd is Professor of Materials at the University of Oxford and Goldsmiths’ Fellow in Materials Science at St. Catherine’s College, Oxford. He began his academic studies with two scholarships to Cambridge University, one to study Natural Science and the other for musical performance. On graduating, he first worked on the development of electronic interconnection and packaging for VLSI technology at GEC-Marconi Research Ltd. He later returned to academia to take his Doctorate, with a Carreras Senior Scholarship at Oxford University. Following a Research Fellowship at Wolfson College, Oxford and an academic position at Manchester University, he returned to Oxford in 1999 to take up his present positions.


Professor Todd has previously been the Director of the Oxford Centre for Advanced Materials and Composites. He is the Senior Editor of The Journal of the European Ceramic Society, rated as the top ceramics journal, and has been Guest Editor and an Editorial Board Member of several other international journals. He is a present or past member of many committees and advisory boards for industrial organisations and conference series, the Institute of Materials and the European Ceramic Society and is a member of the Board of the JECS Trust. He has organised or co-organised 11 major conferences and symposia and has served as the Chairman of the International Advisory Board to the ICSAM international conference series on superplasticity.


The research interests of Professor Todd revolve around the processing and mechanical behaviour of ceramics and he has over 130 publications in these areas. He was the winner of the Pfeil Award of the Institute of Materials for published work in ceramics in 2001 and the Verulam Medal and Prize in 2012 in recognition of distinguished contributions to ceramics. Professor Todd was elected a Fellow of the European Ceramic Society in 2013 and has given over 90 plenary, keynote and invited talks, mostly at international conferences.


Jose María Domínguez Ibáñez

Innovative Refractories for a Sustainable and Industrial Europe

Grupo Aldomer, Spain


Wednesday 19 June / 10.25 • Aula Magna


Jose María Domínguez Ibáñez is the Managing Director for Grupo Aldomer. Within Aldomer there are other subsidiary companies, such as Alfran Spain, Alfran Mexico, Alfran Andino, Alfran do Brasil, Alfran USA, Alget Morocco, Alfran Saudi Arabia and Intec-Heat, which are specialized in high-temperature solutions, including refractory, passive fireproofing, thermal insulation and heat treatments.


José María studied Marketing and Communications at Saint Louis University, Missouri, USA. Furthermore, he did a master in Business & Administration, and he majored in Management for Leading Enterprises at IESE Business School. He complemented his studies with different courses related to refractory materials. José Mª commenced his professional career working at Refractarios Alfran (Seville) in 1993, in the Sales Department. In 1998, he became the Sales Manager. Later, in 2000, he started as General Manager at Montajes Térmicos (Asturias). Following, he developed into the Sales Director of Grupo Aldomer in 2006. Ending up, being the Managing Director of Grupo Aldomer from 2011 to our days.


Jose María has cooperated in different conferences and proceedings in National and International Refractory Technical Congresses, highlighting Congress UNITECR and Ecers Conference. And he has different cooperation with Technical Institutions. There are eleven technical papers in which he has participated, including one for the Journal of the European Ceramic Society. Besides, Alfran has a patent since 2004 about a Castable composition and Application System, called Alfranjet, which involves 100% wet-mix pumping and high-speed spraying of heat-resistance concrete without dust or waste. Moreover, Alfran has carried out more than thirteen National and International projects, where stand out the Frame Program 6_S, and horizon 2020. Alfran was qualified as INNOVATIVE SME by the Spanish Government on 2016.

Jose María is an active participant of National and International associations, standing out

World Refractory Association, President P.R.E. (Produits Refractaires Europeens), President

ANFRE (Refractory Association for Spain & Portugal), and Consejo Asesor Sociedad Española de

Cerámica y Vidrio (España).


Andraž Kocjan

From peculiar to innovative and sustainable ceramic processing

Department for Nanostructured Materials, Jožef Stefan Institute (JSI), Ljubljana, Slovenia


Wednesday 19 June / 10.55 • Aula Magna


Andraž Kocjan is a senior researcher at the Department for Nanostructured Materials, Jožef Stefan Institute (JSI), Ljubljana, Slovenia.


In 2005, dr. Kocjan has graduated in Chemical Engineering at the Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. He obtained his PhD in Nanosciences and nanotechnologies at the Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School (IPS) in 2010 working at JSI as a young researcher. In 2011 he moved to the Division of Materials and Environmental Chemistry, Stockholm University, Sweden, for 1.5 year working as a guest, postdoctoral researcher. Afterwards, he gained a permanent position at JSI and habilitation at IPS, where he is an Assistant Professor. In 2015, he became head of the research programme Engineering and Bioceramics and was acting head of the JSI`s Engineering Ceramics department. The latter was cancelled with the start of 2016 when he continued his research career at the Department for Nanostructured Materials. Up to date, Dr. Kocjan has EU and Slovenian patent, GB patent application, technical invention, has published 37 scientific papers, 2 professional papers and 3 non-technical articles and held 5 invited talks and 7 interviews. He has co-founded a spin-out company based on JSI`s licensed knowledge and was named as deputy of Ceramics section of the Slovenian Chemical Society.


Andraž Kocjan successfully executed a JECS Trust Frontiers of Research project, he was a committee member of the Young Ceramists Network and is today’s chairperson of the Young Ceramists and Training Working Group of the European Ceramic Society (ECERS).