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Dr. Luis Llanes  Pitarch is the new director of the Structural Integrity and Materials Reliability Centre (CIEFMA UPC). He takes over from Dr. Marc Anglada, who had been the Centre’s director since its Foundation in 1993, originally as a quality research group, recognised by the Government of Catalonia in Fatigue and Fracture of Materials, and since 2001 under its current name. Dr. Anglada’s expertise and leadership have helped to make CIEFMA UPC a leading research group in its field.

Luis Llanes is Professor of the UPC Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy (CMEM). He holds a degree in Materials Engineering (Simón Bolívar University, Venezuela) and a Doctoral Degree in Materials Science and Engineering (University of Pennsylvania, USA), and has been employed by the UPC since 1992. His research is focused on mechanical properties (particularly fracture and fatigue) of engineering materials: metals, ceramics and inorganic matrix composites. For over 15 years, his activity has centred on hard materials in layers or with volume. Examples are cemented carbides, polycrystalline diamond, compounds with particles of cubic boron nitride, or multilayer ceramics. Notably, in this area he has studied the development of protocols to optimise the microstructural design of these materials based on improvements in their mechanical integrity, reliability and damage tolerance. In the academic arena, he has supervised ten doctoral theses, published over a hundred papers in journals of recognised International prestige, and led over 25 research projects. At international level, he has been Chairman or Co-Chairman of the last four International Conferences on the Science of Hard Materials (ICSHM).

The new director will start on 1 September 2017.