Keynote and Invited lectures

Keynote lecture: Processing of a Nanostructured Austempered Ductile Cast Iron (ADI)


Dr Susil K. Putatunda

Wayne State University, College of Engineering, Detroit, Michigan, USA

Professor Putatunda received his Ph.D. in Metallurgical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay in June, 1983. From June 1983, till December 1984, he carried out Post –Doctoral research in the Metallurgy Department at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA. He joined Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, USA in January 1985 as Assistant Professor of Metallurgy. Currently he is a full Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at Wayne State University.

Professor Susil Putatunda is an internationally well-known materials scientist and has over 30 years of experience in materials processing and synthesis. He has over 150 publications in refereed international journals and over 100 technical presentations in international conferences.

His research is mainly focused on the development of a new class of engineering materials with high strength, toughness and ductility. His research area includes a) Processing and development of high strength, high toughness Ausferritic/ Bainitic steels, (b) Austempered Ductile Cast Iron, (c) fatigue and fracture, (d) Alloy development and Microstructure-property relationship, (e) synthesis and fabrication of superconducting thin films and (f) Thermoelectric Materials.

Session II: Nanostructuring of steels by heat treatment process

Invited lecture: Austemperability of large chunk nanostructured steel designed based on thermodynamic model


Dr Behzad Avishan

Department of Materials Engineering, Azarbaijan Shahid Madani University, Tabriz, IRAN

Dr. Behzad Avishan is currently an Assistant Professor of Materials Engineering and an academic staff member in Azarbaijan Shahid Madani University in Tabriz, Iran. He received his PhD in June 2013 from Sahand University of Technology and he was a visitor researcher at National Center for Metallurgical Research (CENIM) in Madrid, Spain, for six months from March 1st to August 31st, 2012.

His main research filed is physical metallurgy and phase transformations and he is mainly focused on Nanostructured Bainitic Steels also known as Super Bainite. He is also interested in iron and steels, heat treatment and physical and mechanical metallurgy of ferrous metals. He advised many master thesis related to different aspects of iron and steel alloys. He has different journal publications mostly related to super bainite and austempered ductile irons emphasizing on their microstructural characteristics and corresponding mechanical properties. Also he presented different lectures in different international conferences.

Session III: Stability and optimisation on nanocrystalline structure in steels

Invited lecture: Understanding the tempering process of nanocrystalline bainite


Dr Carlos Garcia-Mateo

National Centre for Metallurgical Research (CENIM-CSIC) Madrid, SPAIN

Dr Carlos Garcia-Mateo is Tenured Scientist at the Spanish National Centre for Metals Research (CENIM) since June 2007. His main research line is devoted to the study of the bainitic transformation, mainly in high C systems, also known as Nanostructured Bainite. He has received several awards, among them: Twice the Vanadium Award-Council and the Cook/Ablett Award 2015 of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining-UK, years 2000 ,2008 and 2015 respectively. He has been Visiting Professor of the Center for Advanced Studies Warsaw University of Technology in 2015 and of the Advanced Alloys Group, Dept. Mechanical Engineering, The University of Hong Kong in 2016. He has supervised 2 PhD students and actually is supervising another 4, one of them in conjunction with the ETS (École de technologie supérieure- Montreal-Canada), all of them in the field of bainitic steels.

He has published more than 90 papers in SCIENCE CITATION INDEX journals, with an h index of 25 and a total of more than 2000 references. He has co-authored 12 chapters mostly related with bainitic microstructures.

Session IV: Cast Iron Alloys: Heat Treatment, Microstructure And Properties

Invited lecture: Multiphase Ausformed Austempered Ductile Iron

Professor Adel Nofal

Central Metallurgical Research and Development Institute - CMRDI, Helwan, Cairo, EGYPT

Prof. Nofal received his B. Sc in Metallurgical Engineering from the Engineering Faculty of Cairo University in 1963 and Ph. D from Moscow Institute of Steel and Alloys in Metal Casting in 1972. He was the President of CMRDI from 1996 – 2002 and currently; he is a Professor of Metal Casting in the same institute.

Prof. Nofal has over 50-years experience in Cast Iron Metallurgy with special interest in ADI research over the past 15 years. He was visiting scientists in several European and Japanese institutes and Universities Currently; he is the Chairman of the Technical Committee of the World Foundry Organization on ADI.

He has received the State Award for Scientific Excellence (1999) and the State Merit Award (2009) of the Egyptian Academy of Scientific Research and Technology (ASRT).

He is the author of about 150 publications in refereed international periodicals and the principal investigator of more than 60 industrial contract research projects.

Session V: Durability and degradation processes of steel and cast iron in extreme conditions

Invited lecture: Review of hydrogen effects in some martensitic steels


Professor Anrej Atrens

The University of Queensland, St Lucia, AUSTRALIA

Andrejs Atrens is Professor of Materials at The University of Queensland (UQ), where he has been since 1984. He was awarded DEng (a higher doctorate) in 1997 by UQ.

An international academic reputation is evident from invitations for keynote papers at international conferences (23 since 2004), invitations as guest scientist/visiting professor at leading international laboratories (in Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, France & Sweden, 19 months since 2003), a ISI H-index of 47 [web of science], many citations (9,063 citations [web of science]), 14 journal papers with more than 100 citations, 5 journal papers with more than 400 citations, and an excellent publication record in top international journals with more than 230 refereed journal publications. Research areas are: corrosion of magnesium, hydrogen embrittlement and stress corrosion cracking, corrosion mechanisms, atmospheric corrosion and patination of copper.

Session VI: Phase transformations in steels

Invited lecture: The principle of a sufficient hardenability of the light CCT diagrams

Professor Jerzy Pacyna

AGH University of Science and Technology,Faculty of Metals Engineering and Industrial Computer Science, Cracow, POLAND

Professor, Ph.D., D.Sc., Eng. Jerzy Pacyna is a professor of technical sciences in the discipline of Materials Engineering, a specialist in the field of Steels and Special Alloys. He works at the Faculty of Metals Engineering and Industrial Computer Science AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow. He graduated in 1971 at the Faculty of Metallurgy in the University. Doctoral thesis "Influence of molybdenum on the ductility of the model alloys of high speed steels" defended in 1980 and in 1989 habilitation thesis "Physical metallurgy of the tool steels cracking". In 1998 the President of the Republic of Poland confered on him the title of professor. In the years 1990 - 1993 he served as Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering in matter Science, Scientific Staff Development and Cooperation with Industry. He is a AGH Senator, Attorney of Rector for cooperation with Stalowa Wola Iron Works, was advisor in the Tadeusz Sendzimir Iron Works and Katowice Iron Works. He is currently a member of the Committee Doctoral for the field of Metallurgy and Plastic Processing, Chairman of the Exam Committee for Graduate specialization Engineering of Steels and Special Alloys. He is a member of the Committees section of Metallurgy and Materials Science and a member of the Polish Society for Materials Testing, Polish Microscopy Society and the World Academy of Materials and Manufacturing Engineering.

He specializes in designing chemical composition and microstructure of steels with great resistance to cracking, among others, steel mill rolls, shafts of wind turbines. Is the creator of the first Polish steel rails of bainitic structure. Teaches Basics of Metallic Materials, Computer Design of Alloy Steels and Special Alloys, Tool Materials. He is the author of many patents, published more than 300 scientific papers, he promoted 8 doctors and more than 100 masters of engineering. Professor passion are lectures and trips.

Session VI: Phase transformations in steels

Invited lecture: Phase transformations in modern steels: interaction of alloying elements with transformation interface


Professor Mohamed GOUNE

Institut de Chimie de la Matière Condensée de Bordeaux CNRS, 87 Avenue du Docteur Schweitzer, 33608 Pessac, FRANCE

Mohamed GOUNE is a Professor at the Institut de Chimie de la Matière Condensée de Bordeaux – University of Bordeaux. He has been conducting research based on phase transformations in steels including modelling and experiments. He has been collaborating with major French and international industrial companies (ArcelorMittal, CEA, Nippon Steel Company) and national and international academic research centers (INP Grenoble, INSA Lyon, Univ. Rouen, Univ. Aix Marseille, Mc Master University, Univ. British. Colombia, Delft University, Taiwan University, Monash University).

He is the author or co-author of more than 70 peer-reviewed papers and 6 patents. He has presented 22 invited talks including 2 plenary sessions. He has received 5 national and international Awards. Reviewer for several journals, including Acta Materialia and Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A. President of the Section SO of the Société Française de Métallurgie et de Matériaux. Member of many international research networks.

Session VI: Phase transformations in steels

Invited lecture: Thermodynamic analysis of phase transitions in advanced multiphase steel showing the transformation-induced plasticity effect

Professor Adam Grajcar

Silesian University of Technology, Institute of Engineering Materials and Biomaterials, Gliwice, POLAND

Adam Grajcar received his M.Sc. (1999), Ph.D. (2003) and D.Sc. (2010) degrees in materials science from the Silesian University of Technology, Gliwice, Poland. He joined the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, the Institute of Engineering and Biomaterials (Division of Constructional and Special Materials) in 1999 and worked as an assistant and assistant professor. He works as an associate professor from 2011 to now. Prof. Grajcar is involved in teaching and research, primarily related to the relationships between microstructure and mechanical properties of steels. His main areas of interest include thermomechanical processing of steels, plastic deformation and heat treatment of steels. He started with high strength low alloyed steels (HSLA) and currently is involved in investigating advanced high strength steels (AHSS), primarily TRIP-aided microalloyed steels.

Prof. Grajcar is a member of the Association for Iron and Steel Technology (AIST) and Associazione Italiana di Metallurgia (AIM). He has authored or co-authored over 130 publications and presented results at 50 international conferences including invited talks at Thermec’2011 (Quebec City, Canada) and Thermec’2016 (Graz, Austria).

Session VII: New heat treatments and thermo-mechanical processes

Invited lecture: Evolution of microstructure and its influence on tensile properties in thermo-mechanically controlled processed (TMCP) quench and partition (Q&P) steel


Dr Sandip Ghosh Chowdhury

MST Division, CSIR National Metallurgical Laboratory, Jamshedpur, INDIA

Dr Sandip Ghosh Chowdhury is a Senior Principal Scientist at Materials Science and Technology Division Department, CSIR National Metallurgical Laboratory in Jamshedpur, India. He is also a professor at Academy of Scientific & Innovative Research (AcSIR). In years 2001-2002 dr Chowdhury received the Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship at Institut für Metallkunde und Metallphysik, University of Aachen, Germany.

The main fields of his research are: modern steels and technologies of steel treatment, phase transitions, evolution of crystallographic textures, microstructures of crystalline materials.

Dr Chowdhury is a co-author of two monographies, he has also published more than 70 papers in reputable scientific journals.

Session XI: Welding of high strength steels

Invited lecture: Friction Stir Welding of ODS steel: processing, characterization and stability


Professor E. Jimenez-Melero

School of Materials, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK
Dalton Cumbrian Facility, University of Manchester, Westlakes Science & Technology Park, Cumbria, UK

Enrique Jimenez-Melero was appointed in 2012 as lecturer in radiation materials science of the School of Materials in Manchester. His expertise lies on the phase transformations and micromechanics in complex high-strength steels, including TRIP/DP steels, stainless steels or ODS steels. He is currently leading the development of novel beam lines for irradiating nuclear-reactor steels using intense high-energy ion beams. He is also interested in applying advanced characterization techniques, such as high-energy synchrotron X-ray and neutron scattering or analytical electron microscopy, for material characterisation and micromechanical studies.

Before joining Manchester, he worked at the Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands), where he concentrated on understanding and controlling the thermo-mechanical stability of individual retained austenite grains in high-strength multiphase steels. His studies included the athermal martensitic transformation in low-alloyed TRIP steels, and the time-dependent transformation of austenite into martensite in maraging steels and into lower bainite in high-carbon bearing steels.