TEP-120 - Diamond-Aerospace Group
Department of science materials metallurgical engineering and inorganic chemistry at Cádiz University
María del Pilar Villar Castro is currently Professor at the University of Materials Science and Engineering. Graduated in Chemical Sciences and PhD in Sciences from the University of Cádiz (2000), she made her doctoral thesis in the environment of ceramic materials, studying crystallization mechanisms of sol-gel mullites doped with chromium and characterizing structurally sintered of these materials by neutron diffraction techniques, X-ray diffraction and electron beams (electron microscopy techniques: SEM, TEM, HREM). Since 2001, she focused her research activity on the composite materials, and in particular for the aeronautical industry sector. She began to work on laser processing of carbon fibre composite materials for aeronautical use with several contracts with Airbus, SL and national projects (3 PROFIT projects). In 2006, she evolves towards mechanical behaviour of such CFRP materials through the introduction of nanoparticles with regional fundings. Finally, several contracts with companies in the aerospace sector (EADS-CASA, Airbus Military, Grupo TAM) allowed to follow this activity on nanoparticule for CFRP.
Since 2007, she also participate in the study of diamond materials for electronic devices contributing with the application of techniques of electronic microscopy (TEM / STEM-HAADF-EELS). She is co-director of 5 PhD thesis with the Professor Daniel Araujo. She is co-author of 35 scientific publications, 81 contributions to national and international congresses and 1 patent.