Federico Sket

In-situ processing and mechanical characterization of materials

Dr. Federico Sket holds (since 2020) a Senior Researcher position at the IMDEA Materials Institute as head of the “In-situ processing and mechanical characterization of materials" Group. He graduated in Electrical Engineering (2006) at the National University of Comahue, Argentina, and obtained his PhD in Mechanical and Material Engineering (2010) from Max-Planck Institute for Iron Research -MPIe- (Germany) and Bochum University, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, (Germany). He joined IMDEA Materials in 2010 were he carried out his post-doctoral studies and later became junior researcher (2015-2020) under a tenure track position. In 2018, he was awarded with a Ramón y Cajal fellowship from the Spanish Ministry of Science and since 2020 he holds a Senior Researcher position at IMDEA Materials Institute.

Dr. Sket has co-authored over 50 peer-reviewed articles in international journals (Web-of-Science h-index: 17) with the vast majority of them in first quartile (Q1) of their categories. He has contributed to >90 conferences.


Publications at IMDEA Materials



Research Gate

Dr. Sket research activities within the multiscale characterization of materials and processes has been focused in the field of laboratory and synchrotron computed tomography and diffraction applied to the investigation of damage mechanisms and damage development in a wide field of engineering materials such as metal alloys, fiber reinforced polymer composite materials and biomaterials. The microstructural evolution information, obtained from non-destructive techniques, and occurring during e.g. mechanical deformation or material processing was used to understand and model the final properties of the materials. He has also gained experience in enhancing data acquisition quality through image analysis techniques, developing new strategies for material characterization (e.g. in-situ devices, testing methodologies) and software for the evaluation of damage development from tomographic data. He is also applying new image analysis techniques based on machine learning method for analysis of tomographic data, and for correlation with other NDT techniques, such as ultrasound, in-situ monitoring of SLM processes, etc.

In the field of experimental mechanics, he has experience in the design and improvement of miniaturized testing devices for in-situ tomographic and diffraction measurements. The multiscale characterization of materials for mechanical deformation and material processing in 3D and 4D has provided Dr. Sket also with experience in several X-ray based imaging techniques (available at synchrotron) as well as electron microscopy techniques such as 3D FIB-SEM-EDS-EBSD and 3D TEM.

  • Since 2020 Senior Researcher at IMDEA Materials Institute, Spain.
  • 2015-2020 Researcher at IMDEA Materials Institute, Spain.
  • 2010-2015 Postdoctoral Researcher, IMDEA Materials Institute, Spain.
  • 2006-2010 PhD, Max-Placnk Institute for Iron Research, Germany.
  • 1998-2006 Electrical Engineer, Universidad Nacional del Comahue, Argentina.
  • Ramón y Cajal Grant (RYC) 2018, post-doctoral grant

  • Post-doctoral grant – Juan de la Cierva equivalent –, 2013 (MINECO)

  • Member of the beam time allocation panel for X-ray imaging (ID17, BM18, ID19) at the ESRF (European Synchrotron Radiation Facility), since 2022.
  • Member of the beam time allocation panel for nano-imaging and nano-analysis (ID16A&B, ID21) at the ESRF (European Synchrotron Radiation Facility), 2016-2020.
  • Coordinator of the (accepted) proposal for new fast-tomography beam with focus in time-resolved in-situ experiments in the ALBA synchrotron, Spain. 2014.