Position: Research Associate
PhD: Autonomy University of Barcelona, Spain,
Research: A novel process for manufacturing complex shaped Fe-Al intermetallic parts
In June 2011, Dr. Anna Hynowska joined the department of Physics at the Autonomy University of Barcelona, Spain, where she started her PhD in Materials Science. (Funded by the European Commission under the FP7 – `People` Marie-Curie Initial Training Network Action).Her Ph.D. research project mainly focuses on the synthesis and characterization (structural, mechanical and anti-corrosion) of different types of titanium-based metallic glasses and nanocomposite material for biomedical applications. In general terms, the Ph.D research project was devoted to develop suitable materials for orthopedic implants. The first part of the study focused on the synthesis and characterization of the different types of metallic alloys by paying special attention to the correlation triangle microstructure-mechanical behavior-biocompatibility. The second part of the research was devoted to modify the structure of these metallic glasses. The synthesis parameters were tailored in order to achieve porous architectures close to those shown in natural bones. During the Ph.D, an ion-irradiation treatment of bulk metallic glass (BMG) materials was applied to modify its structure properties and therefore increase its biochemical compatibility.As a part of her Ph.D. she spent three months at the Leibniz-Institute for Solid State and Materials Research Dresden (IFW Dresden), Germany, carrying out studies on mechanical behavior and corrosion performance of amorphous and nanocrystalline titanium-based alloys.