Efraín Carreño-Morelli

Carreño-Morelli, Efraín
Position Department / Business Unit
Professor of Materials Technology Design & Materials Unit
Institution Disciplines
University of Applied Sciences of Western Switzerland in Sion Nanomaterials
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M.Sc. Physics, National University of Córdoba; Ph.D., Atomic Centre of Bariloche

Career Highlights

Efraín Carreño-Morelli, Professor of Materials Technology, was born in 1966 in Córdoba (Argentina) and he has a dual argentinian-italian citizenship. He graduated in 1989 from the National University of Córdoba with a M.Sc. in Physics. Then, he moved to the Atomic Centre of Bariloche to pursue a PhD Thesis on the subject "Metallurgical properties of Al-Mg-Si alloys subjected to neutron irradiation and thermomechanical treatments", which he submitted in 1994.

Working with the oil industry in Patagonia, he developed in 1994 a monitoring system to evaluate the operation condition of sucker rod pumps (pumpjacks), which was succesfully tested and used in several oil wells. Arriving at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne EPFL in 1995, he was a research assistant in the Physics Department, where he performed investigations on the processing and damping behaviour of metal matrix composites, dislocation dynamics in ordered intermetallic compounds, and anelastic properties of aluminium alloys. In 2000 he joined the Swiss Federal Institute of Materials Testing and Research EMPA in Thun, where he was a project manager working in the development of metal matrix composites.

Dr. Carreño-Morelli assumed in 2001 his present position with the University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland in Sion (Systems Engineering Institute).

He currently teaches in several courses of materials science and engineering, including powder metallurgy, composite materials and ceramics materials. His research interests are in the field of powder metallurgy, metal and ceramic injection molding, mechanical alloying, processing of metal-ceramic composites and solid free-form fabrication techniques. Since 2002 he has been responsible for setting-up the powder injection moulding (PIM) technology at the Design & Materials Unit. He is the author of numerous refereed publications in international journals and conferences. He also serves as an external reviewer for several scientific journals.


He is a member of the technical program commitee of the upcoming Powder Metallurgy World Congress to be held in Florence, Italy, in 2010. Recent achievements include the invention of a novel variant of the three-dimensional printing technique, net-shape fabrication of shape memory alloys, processing of carbon nanotube - metal matrix composites and powder injection moulding of titanium.

Important Articles

Powder injection moulding of titanium from TiH2 powders (2009)
Net-shape manufacturing of shape-memory parts (2008)
Development of pressure sensors by powder technology (2007)
Carbon Nanotube: Metal Matrix Composites, (2006)
Tiny tubes boost for metal matrix composites, (2004)

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