Efraín Carreño-Morelli

University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland, Switzerland


Efraín Carreño-Morelli, Professor of Materials Technology, was born in 1966 in Córdoba (Argentina) and has the swiss, argentinian and italian citizenships. He graduated from National University of Córdoba with a MSc in Physics (1989). Then, he moved to the Atomic Centre of Bariloche to pursue a PhD Thesis on the subject "Metallurgical properties of Al-Mg-Si alloys subjected to neutron irradiation and thermomechanical treatments", (1994). Working with the oil industry in Patagonia, he developed in 1994 a monitoring system to evaluate the operation condition of sucker rod pumps (pumpjacks), which was successfully tested and used in several oil wells. Arriving at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne EPFL in 1995, he was a research assistant in the Physics Department, where he performed investigations on the processing and damping behaviour of metal matrix composites, dislocation dynamics in ordered intermetallic compounds, and anelastic properties of aluminium alloys. In 2000 he joined the Swiss Federal Institute of Materials Testing and Research EMPA in Thun, where he was a project manager working in the development of metal matrix composites. Dr. Carreño-Morelli assumed in 2001 his present position with the University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland in Sion. He is the head of the Design & Materials Unit since 2012 and currently teaches in several courses of materials science and engineering, including powder metallurgy, composite materials and ceramics technology. His research interests are in the field of powder metallurgy, metal and ceramic powder injection moulding, mechanical alloying, processing of metal-ceramic composites and solid free-form fabrication techniques. Recent achievements include the invention of a novel variant of the three-dimensional printing technique, net-shape fabrication of shape memory alloys, processing of carbon nanotube - metal matrix composites and powder injection moulding of titanium.

Biography Updated on 23 February 2013

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