Roberto Orru received his M.A. degree in chemical engineering from the University of Cagliari in 1991 and his Ph.D. degree in metallurgical engineering from the Polytechnic of Torino in 1997. He became an Assistant Professor in 1998 and an Associate Professor in 2002. His principal research interests are the synthesis and sintering of advanced materials and chemical reaction engineering. Since 1995, in Italy and USA (University of California, Davis) where he spent about 2 years as a Visiting Scholar and a Visiting Scientist, he has been mainly involved in the investigation of self-propagating high-temperature synthesis (SHS), spark plasma sintering (SPS), and ball milling (BM) processes from both the theoretical and the experimental points of view. The scientific activity in these and other topics is documented by more than 90 papers published in refereed journals, 1 book, 6 book chapters, 5 patents, and over 140 presentations at national and international conferences. He acts as a reviewer for several international journals in the fields of chemical engineering and material science and technology. He has been a Member of the European Space Agency Topical Team on Combustion Synthesis and Microgravity and coordinated or participated to research programs on SHS and SPS financed by various regional, national, and international sponsors. He currently participates to a research project financed by the Italian Space Agency that is related to the potential use of self-propagating reactions in Moon and Mars environments.
Biography Updated on 29 December 2011