KEynote speakerS of ICMMT 2018


Prof. Vladimir Khovaylo, National University of Science and Technology, Russia

Prof. Vladimir V. Khovaylo received M.S. degree in 1997 from M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia, and Ph.D. degree in 2002 from Tohoku University, Japan. In 2010 he defended habilitation thesis at M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University. He was a JSPS Fellow at National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Japan (2002-2004) and a senior researcher at Institute of Radioengineering and Electronics of Russian Academy of Sciences (2004-2009) before joining National University of Science and Technology “MISiS” where he is currently a professor of materials science. He was an invited professor at Tohoku Gakuin University, Japan, in 2008, an invited researcher at Tohoku University, Japan, in 2010 and an invited lecturer at Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India, in 2017. His research interests include ferromagnetic shape memory alloys, Heusler compounds and thermoelectric materials.


Prof. Ghenadii Korotcenkov
Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, Korea

Ghenadii Korotcenkov received his PhD in Physics and Technology of Semiconductor Materials and Devices from Technical University of Moldova in 1976 and his Dr. Sci. degree in Physics of Semiconductors and Dielectrics from Academy of Science of Moldova in 1990 (Highest Qualification Committee of the USSR, Moscow). He has more than 40-year experience as a teacher and scientific researcher. Long time he was a leader of gas sensor group and manager of various national and international scientific and engineering projects carried out in the Laboratory of Micro- and Optoelectronics, Technical University of Moldova. 2007-2008 years he was an invited scientist in Korea Institute of Energy Research (Daejeon). Currently starting from 2008 year Dr. G. Korotcenkov is a research professor in the School of Materials Science and Engineering at Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST) in Korea.
His present scientific interests starting from 1995 year include material sciences, focusing on metal oxide film deposition and characterization, surface science, and thin film gas sensor design. G. Korotcenkov is the author or editor of thirty five books and special issues, including 11 volume “Chemical Sensors” series published by Momentum Press (USA), 15 volume “Chemical Sensors” series published by Harbin Institute of Technology Press (China), 3 volume “Porous Silicon: From Formation to Application” series published by CRC Press (USA) and 2 volume “Handbook of Gas Sensor Materials” published by Springer (USA). He is author and co-author of more than 550 scientific publications including twenty review papers, thirty five book chapters, and more than 250 peer-reviewed articles (h-factor=36 (Scopus) and h=41 (Google scholar citation)). He is a holder of 18 patents. He presented more than 200 reports on the National and International conferences, including fifteen invited talks. G. Korotcenkov was co-organizer of several International conferences. His research activities are honored by Award of the Supreme Council of Science and Advanced Technology of the Republic of Moldova (2004), The Prize of the Presidents of Ukrainian, Belarus and Moldovan Academies of Sciences (2003), Senior Research Excellence Award of Technical University of Moldova (2001; 2003; 2005), Fellowship from International Research Exchange Board (1998), National Youth Prize of the Republic of Moldova (1980), among others.


Prof. Dr. Gianluca Cicala, University of Catania, Italy

Speech Title: Engineering Polymers for Fused Deposition Modelling: New Material Development and Rational Approach to Material Characterization

Abstract: Fused deposition modelling is one of the most used additive manufacturing technology when functional application is foreseen. The widespread diffusion of desktop FDM machine combined with the desire to tailor material properties gave rise to an increasing number of research focusing on new material development. However, the choice of commercial materials for FDM is still limited to few polymers only. In most of the cases, consumer FDM machines process PLA and ABS only. However, there is an increasing interest to develop new equipment to work with engineering polymers like PC, PEI, PEEK etc. One of the aim of such developments being to gain the performances achieved by the professional FDM machines produced by the leading company Stratasys.


Our research group focused on the development of a whole range of materials for FDM ranging from engineering polymers, like PEEK[1] and PEI, to recycled polymers like PE or PLA. All the polymer and the microcomposites were transformed into filaments of 1.75 mm diameters using two pilot extrusion lines depending on the extrusion temperature. Some of these new filaments were developed and tested with the company Roboze[2] which launched on the market a professional printer capable to process PEEK for industrial oriented applications.


The aim of the present talk will be to present the state of the art for the materials used in FDM with a special focus on polymers and composites developed for functional applications. In addition to that, the development of novel eco-friendly thermoplastic composites which might be used as novel filaments will be presented. Most of these developments were achieved within the project COMMAND (Composites for Additive Manufacturing). In the talk, some insights on new testing approach and protocols for the characterization of FDM materials developed in our group will also be presented.

[1] Gianluca Cicala, Alberta Latteri, Barbara Del Curto, Alessio Lo Russo, Giuseppe Recca, Silvia Farè (2017) Engineering thermoplastics for additive manufacturing: a critical perspective with experimental evidence to support functional applications J Appl Biomater Funct Mater 2017; 15(1): e10-e18 DOI: 10.5301/jabfm.5000343



Biography: Education Prof. Cicala received the PhD title in “Polymeric materials for special uses” from the University of Catania on February 25 2004 being advised by Prof.A.Recca. The title of the thesis was “ Study and development of novel technologies for the production of advanced composites by RTM”. He received the Laurea Degree Summa cum laude in Mechanical Engineering on July 20, 2000. Professional experience Funded projects The PI has received funding within national funded research program and through grants funded by private industries: § (2011-2014) Local Coordinator of the PON0700 project entitled “Ambition Power” § (2011-2014) Local Coordinator of the PON01750 project entitled “Advanced components for drag reduction” § (2011-2014) Local Coordinator of the PON02239 project entitled “MATRECO – Advanced materials for eco-sustainable transports” § (2011-2013) National Coordinator of the PRIN project entitled “Nanofilled soluble textiles for RTM composites” § (2008-2010) National Coordinator of the project entitled “Development of selective polymeric membranes for gas separation: optimization by the integrated use of the synthesis, the characterization and the multiscale molecular modeling techniques.” (PRIN prot. 2007CNJTAH) § (2007-2008) Project “Design and testing of protective materials for robot used for inspection purposes in critical areas” Research Grant funded by EUROCONSULT s.a.s e GESIND srl. (Role Scientific Coordinator) § (2007-2009) Project “High Tg Thermoplastic Block-Copolymers” Research Project funded by Cytec Engineered Materials (Role: Scientific Supervisor) § (2006-2009) Project PLAST_Ics “Laboratorio pubblico-privato per lo sviluppo di tecnologie di processo e dimostratori di circuiti elettronici ad alte prestazioni e basso costo di fabbricazione realizzati su substrati plastici” Obiettivo OR1.1 “Ricerca ed individuazione di film polimerici con funzioni di barriera per dispositivi TFT on Plastic” (Unit Coordinator) § (2006-2007) “Polymeric Materials and Technologies for RTM (Resin Transfer Moulding) production” Research Grant funded by Holson Impianti Spa (Role: Scientific Coordinator). § (2004-2006) “Synthesis and development of nanocomposites for packaging based on novel functionalised copolymers of PET and PEN” National Project PRIN prot. 2004099185_004 (Role: Local Coordinator). Principal scientific activities Prof.Cicala has authored and/or co-authored 40 papers on international refereed journals, 5 papers on national journals with editorial board, 5 chapters on books, 50 proceedings on national and international conferences, 1 National Patent and 1 International patent. The papers published by the Prof.Cicala have received a total of 320 citations ( and his h-index is equal to 11. The research activity of Prof.Cicala is focused on: § Development of novel production process for composites; § Polymeric blends; § Eco-composites; § Auxetics; § Material characterization. Awards He has been awarded with his team with the Polymer Challenge 2008 award for the innovative technology for the RTM manufacturing of cellular auxetic composites.