Position: Research Associate
PhD: Dublin City University, Ireland
Research: Micro- and Nano-Mechanics
Address: IMDEA Materials, C/ Eric Kandel, 2, Tecnogetafe, 28906 Getafe, Madrid – Spain
Phone: +34 91 549 34 22
Fax: +34 91 550 30 47
Miguel Monclús graduated in B.Eng. in Electronic Engineering at Dublin City University in 1996 and got his Ph.D. at the same university in 2000 with a thesis entitled «Magnetron sputtering of carbon nitride films and investigation of their structural, electrical, optical, mechanical and emission properties». Before joining IMDEA Materials Institute as postdoctoral researcher in 2011, he was a higher research scientist at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) in London. He is now part of the research group of Nanomechanics and Micromechanics of Advanced Materials.
Dr. Monclús has held postdoctoral positions at the Department of Engineering, University of Surrey (UK) and at the National Centre for Plasma Science and Technology (NCPST), Dublin City University (Ireland) and has published twenty papers in international journals. His research work has developed in two main material characterization areas at small scales:
- Micro-structural and chemical characterization [TEM, XPS, XRD, SEM and AFM] of nano-composite coatings for wear resistance applications. Investigations undertaken were crucial for understanding the relationship between structure and performance of novel nano-composite coatings such as TiAlB(N)/a-BN.
- Application and improvement of nano/micromechanical measurement tools such as nanoindentation, atomic force microscope (AFM) and scratch testing instruments, for the study of mechanical properties of all types of materials [surfaces, thin films and nano-composite materials]. His more recent contributions to this field include the development of an AFM indentation tool for mapping elastic properties of interfaces, understanding indentation response of visco-elastic materials, and rapid testing of creep in polymer surfaces.
His current research interest lays on the characterization and performance of coatings, multilayers and nano-structured materials using the most advanced nanoindentation and AFM instruments and methods.