The PhD thesis was supervised by Teresa Puig and Susagna Ricart, from the SUMAN group, ICMAB-CSIC.
The PhD Committee that evaluated the Thesis was formed by Bernhard Holzapfel, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology | KIT · Institute of Technical Physics, Germany (President), Xavier Granados, ICMAB-CSIC, Spain (Secretary) and Albert Tarancon, IREC, Spain (Vocal).
Doctor Adrià Pacheco PhD thesis was part of the PhD in Materials Science from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB).
Adrià Pacheco with the PhD committee ans supervisors | ICMAB, CSIC
Why did you choose ICMAB for your PhD?
The ICMAB center is a leading technological center, excellent for research and developing my expertise.
How would you explain your research to a non-scientific audience?
Superconducting materials are usually expensive materials, but interesting in a wide range of applications, especially in the field of renewable energies. The development of new methodologies that lower their cost and allow an easier access to the market, would be beneficial for the society. Inkjet Printing methodology allows the manufacture of superconducting layers with a very high thickness, using low-cost processes. It is a scalable process that could promote interest in manufacturing superconducting layers at an industrial level. In my case, I have used this technology to develope a novel methodology that makes possible to synthetize 1 micron thick layers of YBCO in a single sequential process, making it easier to manufacture.
What are the main applications of your research? Could you give us an example?
My research is focused in the manufacture of superconductor films. Supercondcuting materials can be used in a wide range of applications, as an example, they can be used in power generation and distribution, such as cables or fusion reactors.
From the lessons learnt here, which one do you value the most?
In my area of expertise, all the applied characterization techniques that allowed me to deepen into the subject of synthesis of functional materials. As a personal value, how to handle properly frustration and patience.
Adrià Pacheco about to start his PhD Thesis Defense at ICMAB | ICMAB, CSIC
What will you miss the most from ICMAB?
Their people. ICMAB staff is one of its main strengths.
How do you think this experience will contribute to your training and to your future?
I have learned a lot in terms of materials characterization. The knowledge obtained during this years will be very beneficial in my future.
What are your plans once you finish your PhD?
I will focus on research. Probably a postdoc in the near future.
What do you wish you had known at the beginning of your PhD, that you can recommend to the ones who are starting?
Always carry your notebook! It is very important to write down what you did throughout the day, number of experiments, ideas, etc.. Believe me, you will appreciate it when the day comes!
Why did you become a scientist? Who have been your role models?
I have always been very interested in research. Science and progress go hand in hand, there is no one without the other. I think that scientific and technological progress, which improves our environment and people's lives, is of vital importance. My role model are my parents. Their perseverance and hard work is what allowed me to be what I am, here and now.!
Let us know who are your favourite scientists (man and woman). Why?
Both Ernest Rutherford and Niels Bohr, for being pioneers on atomic research. Rosalind Franklin, for its crucial work in chemistry, X-ray crystallography and biology.
Adrià Pacheco with superviros Teresa Puig and Susagna Ricart, and tutor Ramon Yáñez | ICMAB, CSIC
Congratulations, Doctor Adrià Pacheco!
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