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Nanotechnology in aerospace: from laboratory to industry

Friday, February 10, 2017, 2:00 PM - 2:50 PM
Woolf Hall 402

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Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department Seminar

Nanotechnology in aerospace: from laboratory to industry

Victor-Manuel Castaño-Meneses, Ph.D.
Professor, Secretaria de Desarollo Institucional
Universidad Nacional Autonoma de México

Abstract: A review of the main areas of R&D in aerospace science and technology will be presented, emphasizing the role that NASA and the European Space Agency foresee for nanotechnology. Then, some specific examples on how nanoscience can be brought from the bench side to the aerospace industry will be discussed, including radiation-resistant materials, self-cleaning surfaces, antibacterial coatings, etc. Finally, the challenges for the next future, along with some potential venues for the aerospace sector will be analyzed.

Bio: Víctor M. Castaño-Meneses is a recognized international leader in the area of applied materials science and technology. He holds a B.Sc. degree in Engineering Physics and M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Physics from the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico. He is currently a professor at that university. He spent 2 years at IBM´s Thomas J. Watson Research Center in New York as a postdoctoral fellow and has been a lecturer at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (faculties of Chemistry, Sciences, Engineering, Accounting and Administration and Dentistry), Universidad Autonoma de Querétaro (faculties of Engineering, Medicine, Accounting and Administration, Psychology and Law), the Autonomous University of Nuevo León (faculty of Physico-Mathematical Sciences), the Universidad Iberoamericana, the Instituto Tecnológico de Querétaro, etc. He was the founding director of the Center for Applied Physics and Advanced Technology of the UNAM in Juriquilla, Querétaro. Castaño has published more than 650 articles in international refereed and indexed journals, 242 articles in conferences proceedings, 22 book chapters, 5 books and 20 patents. He has been advisor to more than 190 B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. theses in Mexico, Peru, Argentina, Colombia, the U.S., Canada, Spain and Germany. He is associate editor of several prestigious international journals and Editor-in-Chief of Recent Patents in nanoMedicine. He is treasurer, by election, of the International Council for Materials Education and has been a member of several evaluation commissions in Mexico and abroad (United States, Canada, Spain, Costa Rica, Colombia, Brazil, etc.).

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