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    Prof. Berna Serrano Prieto

    Materials Science and Engineering and Chemical Engineering Department


    About the program

    The objective of this Ph.D. program is to train researchers in the field of Materials Science and Engineering, and enable them to gain experience in techniques of synthesis and/or processing of materials, as well as different material characterization techniques. It is considered essential to develop the capability to establish links between structure-microstructure and material properties, as well as their relationship to synthesis or processing techniques.

    Students will achieve a systematic understanding of some aspects of Materials Science and Engineering and a mastery of research skills and methods associated with that field of knowledge, e.g.:

    • The ability to conceive, design, implement and adopt a substantial research process with scholarly integrity
    • The ability to complete an original scientific or technological contribution, which stems from their research and expands the frontiers of knowledge in the field of Materials Science and Engineering. Ph.D. students are required to have made a scientific or technological contribution in a journal that is contained in the ISI, in order to be allowed to defend their Ph.D. thesis
    • The ability to carry out a critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis of new and complex ideas
    • The ability to communicate with peers, the academic community as a whole and with society at large about their areas of expertise


    • Program regulated by RD 99/2011, January 28








    Alvaro Alonso Barba Technological Institute of Chemistry and Materials





    The goal of the Ph.D. Program in Materials Science and Engineering is to provide students with a technological and research training that enables them to develop their competencies in Universities, research departments of public or private enterprises or technological centers.

    Doctorado en Ciencia e Ingeniería de Materiales

    Admission requirements


    Candidates for the Ph.D. program must hold a a Bachelor's and Master's degrees (or equivalent). The Master's degree should be in the fields of materials science and technology, industrial production, civil engineering and engineering for society, chemistry science and technology, or physics with a specialization in materials or related fields.

    Candidates with academic backgrounds in other fields (Mathematics, Energy and Transportation, Environmental Science and Technology, Bioscience and Biotechnology, etc.) may also be exceptionally admitted, provided that they meet the requirements of the current legislation to access Ph.D. studies, in which case the Academic Committee will determine the complementary training to be completed by the candidate (up to 30 ECTS).





    Admission criteria


    Admission is decided according to the criteria set by the Academic Committee as listed below. These are implemented by the Coordinator of the program, who reports to the Committee on a regular basis. 

    • Academic background of the candidate (30%)
    • Suitability of the candidate's profile to the lines of research of the Ph.D. Program (30%). Subjects and specialization as well as scientific works by the candidate will be taken into account. 
    • Viability of thesis proposal with details on the candidate's interest in the Ph.D. Program, line(s) of research to be carried out, contribution and innovative character (30%)
    • Candidate's research interests, motivation and commitment to the Ph.D. Program. Candidates may provide one or more letters of recommendation from researchers from Universities or Research Centers with knowledge of the candidate's abilities and competence (10%)
    • English skills will be taken into consideration (proof of minimum level B2 required)
    • Candidates may have endorsement from a Professor from the Ph.D. Program.

    Admission criteria and procedures are the same for full-time and part-time candidates.


    Seats available for the academic year: 15





    In addition to the elaboration of the doctoral thesis, students must take some training aimed at improving their research skills and the scientific quality of their research work. This is structured in the following types of training.


    Specific training


    • Predoctoral seminar of presentation of state-of-the-art research in development. Ph.D. candidates will participate with the presentation of a document authored by themselves. This is a mandatory activity to be carried out 12-18 months from initial enrollment and scheduled at the beginning of each academic year, with a maximum of two sessiones per year. 
    • Predoctoral seminar of presentation of final research outcomes by the Ph.D. candidate. This is a mandatory activity to be carried out in the final stage of the doctoral research. Completion of the seminar will enable the candidate to initiate the thesis defense process.


      (*) Minimum attendance to two predoctoral seminars of each category is required for every academic year.
    • Conferences or presentations by the Ph.D. candidate before a qualified audience in events hosted by external institutions to the Ph.D. Program.
    • Conference series of the Ph.D. Program in Materials Science and Engineering. Minimum attendance to two conferences is required for every academic year. Ph.D. candidates will choose these conferences according to their research interests. 
    • Scientific publication. As part of their training, candidates are required to do at least one article for publication in a JCR-indexed journal (Journal of Citation Reports). The article must have the Ph.D. candidate listed as first or second author and be directly related to the research work of the doctoral thesis. This activity is mandatory in order to initiate the thesis defense process.


    Research skills training


    Research skills training is focused on abilities common to all disciplines for the development of scientific and educational skills and the improvement of the professional career. This training consists of different activities (short courses, seminars, etc.), which can be recommended by the Academic Committee of the program.

    Students are required to take 2 credits (20 hours approximately) throughout the doctoral training period.


    Further information:

    • Research Lines
      • Construction materials, corrosion and durability. Development of new materials for concrete and corrosion control
      • Surface treatments and adhesion: adhesives and paints
      • Electrochemical characterization of materials
      • Composite and multifunctional materials: processing; properties; interphases; multifunctional composites; nanocomposites and polymer blends (thermoplastics and thermosets)
      • Materials with electrical, magnetic, optical or thermal functionality. Manufacture of functional materials, study of the relationship between structure (at any length scale) and properties
      • Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology. Synthesis and properties of new nanostructured and functional materials and their transformation processes applied to different industrial and scientific fields
      • Materials with biomedical applications. Synthesis of biocompatible materials and fabrications of devices for biomedical applications
      • Ceramic materials. Synthesis and characterization
      • Materials for energy. Development of materials for energy conversion and storage systems
      • Powder injection molding (PIM): Metal and ceramic materials
      • Metallic Materials and Powder Metallurgy. Sintered titanium alloys and Ti matrix composites; Sintered Al alloys and Al matrix composites; Nickel base alloys; Sintered Mg alloys. Sintered low alloy steels; Stainless steels; Sintered tool steels
      • Metallic materials for high temperature. Superalloys, ODS Steels, high entropy alloys, MAX phases, TiAl, cermets & HM
      • Special production techniques. Spray-pyrolysis. Atomization. Mechanical grinding. Coatings by sol-gel. Surface treatments by diffusion. Additive manufacturing
    • Scientific results

      This is a sample of relevant publications derived from doctoral thesis work over the last five years:

      • Thesis: Modificación de grafeno con cadenas de polisulfona e incorporación a matrices poliméricas. Evaluación de las propiedades y de la biocompatibilidad de los nanocomposites
        Author: Janire Peña Bahamonde
        Publication: Functionalization of Reduced Graphene Oxide with Polysulfone Brushes having Enhanced Antibacterial Properties and Reduced Human Cytotoxicity.  J. Peña-Bahamonde; V. San-Miguel; H. N. Nguyen; Rahmi Ozisik; D. F. Rodrigues; J. C. Cabanelas.
        Journal: Carbon, 11, 258 - 268 (2017); DOI: 10.1016/j.carbon.2016.10.005
        Area: Material Science, Multidisciplinary
        Ranking position in area in 2017: 27/ 271 (Q1)
        Impact Factor: 6,33
      • Thesis: Nonlinear effects in low-dimensional systems: graphene membrane and electron transport in semiconductor superlattices
        Author: Miguel Ruiz García
        Publication: Bifurcation analysis and phase diagram of a spin-string model with buckled states. M. Ruiz-Garcia, L. L. Bonilla, and A. Prados.
        Journal: Physical Review E 96, 062147 (2017). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevE.96.062147
        Area: Physics, Mathematical
        Ranking position in area in 2017: 6/53 (Q1)
        Impact Factor: 2,252
      • Thesis: Producción y Caracterización de Composites Mg-HAP Biocompatibles
        Author: Rubén del Campo Muga
        Publication: Processing and mechanical characteristics of magnesium-hydroxyapatite metal matrix biocomposites. R. del Campo, B. Savoini, A. Muñoz, M.A. Monge and R. Pareja.
        Journal: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials, 69, 135-143 (2017). DOI: 10.1016/j.jmbbm.2016.12.023
        Area: Engineering, Biomedical
        Ranking position in area in 2017: 20/77 (Q2)
        Impact Factor: 3,1
      • Thesis: Sistema de imagen infrarroja para la caracterización in-situ del comportamiento a fuego de materiales compuestos
        Author: Sergio Sánchez Carballido
        Publication: A quantitative infrared imaging system for in situ characterization of composite materials in fire tests. S Sánchez-Carballido, C Justo-María, J Meléndez, F. López.
        Journal: Fire technology, pp. 1-23 (2017)
        Area: Engineering, Multidisciplinary
        Ranking position in area in 2017: 31/85 (Q2)
        Impact Factor: 1,471
      • Thesis: Synthesis, structure and scalability of macroscopic carbon nanotube fibre
        Author: Víctor Javier Reguero Sanz
        Publication: Fractal carbon nanotube fibers with mesoporous crystalline structure. H. Yue, V. Reguero, E. Senokos, A. Monreal-Bernal, B. Mas, J.P. Fernández-Blázquez, R. Marcilla, J.J. Vilatela
        Journal: Carbon, 122, 47-53 (2017). DOI: 10.1016/j.carbon.2017.06.032
        Area: Material Science, Multidisciplinary
        Ranking position in area in 2017: 27/271 (Q1)
        Impact Factor: 6,19
      • Thesis: Desarrollo y optimización del proceso de Moldeo por Inyección de Metales (MIM) de aleaciones magnéticas blandas base hierro
        Author: Alicia Páez Pavón
        Publication: Influence of thermal debinding on the final properties of Fe-Si soft magnetic alloys for metal injection molding (MIM). Paez-Pavon, A.; Jiménez-Morales, A.; Santos, TG; Quintino; Torralba, J.M.
        Journal: Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, 416, 342-347 (2016); DOI: 10.1016/j.jmmm.2016.05.031
        Area: Physics, Condensed Matter
        Ranking position in area in 2016: 24/67 (Q2)
        Impact Factor: 2,63
      • Thesis: Microstructure and mechanical response of nanostructured bainitic steels
        Author: Lucía Morales Rivas
        Publication: Analyzing the scale of the bainitic ferrite plates by XRD, SEM and TEM. Carlos Garcia-Mateo, Jose A. Jimenez, Belen Lopez-Ezquerra, Rosalia Rementeria, Lucia Morales-Rivas, Matthias Kuntz, Francisca G. Caballero.
        Journal: Materials Characterization, 122, 83-89 (2016); DOI: 10.1016/j.matchar.2016.10.023
        Area: Metallurgy & Metallurgical Engineering
        Ranking position in area in 2016: 8/74 (Q1)
        Impact Factor: 2,714
      • Thesis: Development of a Bio-based Binder for its Application in the Mineral Wool Insulation Material
        Author: María Mercedes Castro Cabado
        Publication: Bio-based thermosets: Effect of the structure of polycarboxylic acids on the thermal crosslinking of maltodextrins. Castro-Cabado, M.; Casado, A. L.; San Roman, J.
        Journal: European Polymer Journal, 78, 91-105 (2016). DOI: 10.1016/j.eurpolymj.2016.03.007
        Area: Polymer Science
        Ranking position in area in 2016: 13 de 86 (Q1)
        Impact Factor: 3,531
      • Thesis: Processing and Characterization of novel biodegradable and bioresorbable PLA/MG composites for ostosynthesis
        Author: Sandra Carolina Cifuentes Cuéllar
        Publication: In vitro degradation of biodegradable polylactic acid/magnesium composites: Relevance of Mg particle shape. Cifuentes, SC; Gavilán, R; Lieblich, M; Benavente, R; Gonzalez-Carrasco, JL.
        Journal: Acta Biomaterialia, 32, 348-357 (2016); DOI: 10.1016/j.actbio.2015.12.037
        Area: Materials Science, Biomaterials
        Ranking position in area in 2016: 2/33 (Q1)
        Impact Factor: 6,319
      • Thesis: Multifunctional Layered Double Hydroxide (LDL) based epoxy nanocomposites
        Author: Ehsan Naderikalali
        Publication: Functionalized layered double hydroxide-based epoxy nanocomposites with improved flame retardancy and mechanical properties. Ehsan Naderi Kalali, Xin Wang y De-Yi Wang.
        Journal: Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 3, 6819-6826 (2015); DOI: 10.1039/c5ta00010f
        Area: Chemistry, Physical
        Ranking position in area in 2015: 16/144 (Q1)
        Impact Factor: 8,262
      • Thesis: Nuevos materiales nanocompuestos con propiedades eléctricas especiales y desarrollo de nuevos métodos de caracterización: nano-piezodeformación
        Author: Freddy Ariel Sánchez Ruiz
        Publication: PVDFBaTiO3/carbon nanotubes ternary nanocomposites: Effect of nanofillers and processing. Freddy A Sánchez and Javier González-Benito.
        Journal: Polymer Composites 38 (2) (2015); DOI: 10.1002/pc.23579
        Area: Materials Science, Ceramics
        Ranking position in area in 2015: 9/25 (Q2)
        Impact Factor: 2,04
      • Thesis: Assessment of the eutectic trough and properties of a multiphase alloy in the NiAl-Cr-W system
        Author: Arcadio Varona Caballero
        Publication: Mechanical alloying and field assisted hot pressing of nanocrystalline B2-NiAl intermetallic compound. A. Varona-Caballero, S. Milenkovic, M. A. Jabbari-Taleghani & M. A. Monge
        Journal: Powder Metallurgy, 57:3, 212-219 (2014); DOI: 10.1179/1743290114Y.0000000099
        Area: Metallurgy & Metallurgical Engineering
        Ranking position in area in 2014: 38/74 (Q3)
        Impact Factor: 0,779
      • Thesis: Mechanical Properties of Advanced High-Strength Steels produced Via Quenching and Partitioning
        Author: María Irene de Diego Calderón
        Publication: Deformation behavior of a high strength multiphase steel at macro- and micro-scales. De Diego-Calderón, I., Santofimia, M.J., Molina-Aldareguia, J.M., Monclús, M.A., Sabirov, I.
        Journal: Materials Science and Engineering A, 611, 201-211 (2014). DOI: 10.1016/j.msea.2014.05.068
        Area: Mechanical Engineering
        Ranking position in area in 2014: 22/505 (Q1)
        Impact Factor: 3,32
      • Thesis: Synthesis of carbon nanomaterials by catalytic chemical vapor deposition: Growth mechanisms on metal powders and foils
        Author: Pablo Romero Rodríguez
        Publication: Simultaneous synthesis of vertically aligned carbon nanotubes and amorphous carbon thin films on stainless steel. Pablo Romero, Raquel Oro, Mónica Campos, José M. Torralba, Roberto Guzmán de Villoria.
        Journal: Carbon (2014); DOI: 10.1016/j.carbon.2014.10.020
        Area: Material Science, Multidisciplinary
        Ranking position in area in 2014: 26/260 (Q1)
        Impact Factor: 6,196
      • Thesis: Micromechanics of magnesium and its alloys studied by nanoindentation
        Author: Raúl Sánchez Martín
        Publication: Measuring the critical resolved shear stresses in Mg alloys by instrumented nanoindentation. Sánchez-Martín, R., Pérez-Prado, M.T. Segurado, J., Bohlen, J., Gutiérrez-Urrutia, I., Molina-Aldareguia, J.M.
        Journal: Acta Materialia, 71, 283-292 (2014). DOI: 10.1016/j.actamat.2014.03.014
        Area: Metals and Alloys
        Ranking position in area in 2014: 4/131 (Q1)
        Impact Factor: 5,16
      • Thesis: Estudio de termofluencia en plomo-bismuto líquido de aceros ferrítico-martensíticos mediante el uso de probetas miniatura
        Author: Rebeca Hernández Pascual
        Publication: On anisotropy of ferritic ODS alloys. Marta Serrano, Andrea García-Junceda, Rebeca Hernández, Mercedes Hernández Mayoral
        Journal: Materials Science and Technology, 30 (13b): 1664-1668 (2014); DOI: 10.1179/1743284714Y.0000000552
        Area: Metallurgy & Metallurgical Engineering
        Ranking position in area in 2014: 28/74 (Q2)
        Impact Factor: 0,995
      • Thesis: Diseño y desarrollo de sistemas ligantes ecológicos para moldeo por inyección de polvos como una nueva ruta de procesamiento del circón
        Author: Carolina Abajo Clemente
        Publication: Effect of a binder system on the low-pressure powder injection moulding of water-soluble zircon feedstocks. Hidalgo, J; Abajo, C; Jiménez-Morales; Torralba, JM
        Journal: Journal of the European Ceramic Society, 33 (15-16), 3185-3194 (2013); DOI: 10.1016/j.jeurceramsoc.2013.06.027
        Area: Materials Sciente, Ceramics
        Ranking position in área in 2013: 1 de 26 (Q1)
        Impact Factor: 3.454


    • Scientific publications

      This is a sample of relevant faculty publications:


      • Fernández-Álvarez, M., Velasco, F. & Bautista. Effect on wear resistance of nanoparticles addition to a powder polyester coating through ball milling. Journal of Coatings Technology and Research (2018)
      • B. Enciso, J. Abenojar, MA. Martinez. Influence of plasma treatment on the adhesion between a polymeric matrix and natural fibres. Cellulose,  vol. 24,  n. 4, p. 1791-1801 (2017)
      • M. Pantoja, J. Abenojar, M.A. Martínez, F. Velasco. Silane pretreatment of electrogalvanized steels: Effect on adhesive properties. International Journal of Adhesion and Adhesives, vol. 65, p. 54-62 (2016)
      • E.C. Paredes, A. Bautista, F. Velasco, S.M. Alvarez. Welded, pickled stainless steel reinforcements: corrosion results after 9 years in mortar. Magazine of Concrete Research, vol. 68, p. 1099-1109 (2016)
      • G. Monrrabal, S. Guzmán, I.E. Hamilton, A. Bautista, F. Velasco. Design of gel electrolytes for electrochemical studies on metal surfaces with complex geometry. Electrochimica Acta, vol. 220, p. 20-28 (2016)
      • A. Bautista, E.C. Paredes, S.M. Alvarez, F. Velasco. Welded, sandblasted, stainless steel corrugated bars in non-carbonated and carbonated mortars: A 9-year corrosion study. Corrosion Science, vol. 102, p. 363-372 (2016)
      • A. Bautista, S.M. Alvarez, F. Velasco. Selective corrosion of duplex stainless steel bars in acid. Part 1: effect of the composition, microstructure and anodic polarizations. Materials and Corrosion, vol. 66, p. 347-356 (2015)
      • A. Bautista, S.M. Alvarez, F. Velasco. Selective corrosion of duplex stainless steel bars in acid. Part 2: effect of the surface strain and numerical analysis.  Materials and Corrosion, vol. 66, p. 357-365 (2015)
      • J. Abenojar, M. Pantoja, M.A. Martınez, J.C.del Real. Aging by moisture and/or temperature of epoxy/SiC composites: Thermal and mechanical properties. J. Compos. Mater. 49, 2963–2975 (2015)
      • J. Abenojar, N. Encinas, J.C del Real, M.A. Martínez. Polymerization kinetics of boron carbide/epoxyresin composite. Thermochimica Acta, 575, 144-150 (2014)
      • J. Abenojar, A. Bautista, S. Guzmán, F. Velasco, M.A. Martínez. Microstructural influence on corrosion properties of aluminium composites reinforced with amorphous iron borides. Mater. Corrosion-Werkstoffe Und Korrosion, 65, 678-684 (2014)
      • J. Abenojar, M.A. Martinez, F. Velasco, M.A. Rodríguez-Perez. Physicochemical characterization and decomposition kinetics of the Polyehylene / Boro Composites Treated with Atmospheric Plasma Torch. Surface Coating & Technol. 239, 70-77 (2014)
      • J. Abenojar, M. A. Martínez, F. Velasco, N. Encinas. Modification of glass surfaces adhesion properties by atmospheric pressure plasma torch. Int. J. Adhes. Adhes. 44, 1-8 (2013)
      • C. Rodríguez-Villanueva, N. Encinas, J. Abenojar, M. A. Martínez. Assessment of atmospheric plasma treatment cleaning effect on steel surfaces. Surface Coating Technol. 236, 450-456 (2013)
      • M. Pantoja, N. Encinas, J. Abenojar, M. A. Martínez. Effect of tetraethoxysilane coating conditions on the improvement of plasma treated polypropylene adhesion. Applied Surface Sci. 280, 850-857 (2013)
      • S.M. Alvarez, A. Bautista, F. Velasco. Influence of strain-induced martensite in the anodic dissolution of austenitic stainless steels in acid medium. Corros. Sci. 69, 130-138 (2013)
      • F. Velasco, S. Guzmán, C. Moral, A. Bautista. Oxidation of micro-sized aluminium particles: hollow alumina spheres. Oxid. Met. 80, 403-422 (2013)
      • B. Rannou, F. Velasco, S. Guzmán, V. Kolarik, F. Pedraza. Aging and thermal behavior of a PVA/Al microspheres slurry for aluminizing purposes. Mater Chem Physics 134, 360-365 (2012)
      • N. Encinas, J. Abenojar, M.A. Martínez. Development of improved polypropylene adhesive bonding by abrasion and atmospheric plasma surface modification. Int. J. Adhes. Adhes. 33, 1–6 (2012)
      • N. Encinas, R.G.Dillingham, B.R. Oakley, J. Abenojar, M.A.Martínez, M. Pantoja. Atmospheric Pressure Plasma Hydrophilic Modification of a Silicone Surface.  J. Adhes. 88, 321-336 (2012)
      • M. M. Cledera-Castro, Y. Ballesteros-Iglesias, M. Pantoja-Ruiz, F. Velasco. Evaluation of Silanes as Adhesion Promoters for Organic Coatings. J. Adhes. 88,  308-320 (2012)



      • Iorio, M ; Teno, J ; Nicolas, M  ; Garcia-Gonzalez, R  ; Pelaez, VH ; Gonzalez-Gaitano, G ; Gonzalez-Benito, J. Conformational changes on PMMA induced by the presence of TiO2 nanoparticles and the processing by Solution Blow Spinning. Colloid and Polymer Science, vol.296, N.3, P.461-469 (2018)
      • Olmos, D.; Pontes-Quero, GM.; Corral, A.; Gonzalez-Gaitano, G.; Gonzalez-Benito, J. Preparation and Characterization of Antimicrobial Films Based on LDPE/Ag Nanoparticles with Potential Uses in Food and Health Industries. Nanomaterials, vol. 8, n.2, article 60 (2018)
      • Teno, Jorge; Gonzalez-Gaitano, G.; Gonzalez-Benito, J. Surface modification and characterization of basalt fibers as potential reinforcement of concretes. Applied Surface Science, vol. 427, p.1248-1256 (2018)
      • Sanchez, Freddy A.; Gonzalez-Benito, Javier. PVDFBaTiO3/Carbon Nanotubes Ternary Nanocomposites: Effect of Nanofillers and Processing. Polymer Composites, vol.38, n.2, p. 227-235 (2017)
      • Teno, Jorge; Gonzalez-Gaitano, Gustavo; Gonzalez-Benito, Javier. Nanofibrous Polysulfone/TiO2 Nanocomposites: Surface Properties and Their Relation with E. coli Adhesion. Journal of Polymer science Part B-Polymer Physics, vol.55, n.21, p.1575-1584 (2017)
      • Iorio, M.; Santarelli, ML.; Gonzalez-Gaitano, G.; Gonzalez-Benito, J. Poly (ethylene-co-vinyl acetate) films prepared by solution blow spinning: Surface characterization and its relation with E-coli adhesion. Polymer Testing, vol.60, p.140-148 (2017)
      • Gonzalez-Benito, J.; Teno, J.Gonzalez-Gaitano, G.; Xu, S.; Chiang, MY. PVDF/TiO2 nanocomposites prepared by solution blow spinning: Surface properties and their relation with S. Mutans adhesion. Polymer Testing, vol. 58, p.21-30 (2017)
      • P.D. Castrillo, D. Olmos, J. González-Benito. Kinetic study of the intercalation process of dimethylsulfoxide in kaolinite. International Journal of Mineral Processing, pp 70-74 (2015)
      • E. Segura-González, D. Olmos, G. González-Gaitano, B. Orgaz, J. González-Benito. Effect of kaolin nanofiller and processing conditions on the structure, morphology, and biofilm development of polylactic acid. Journal of Applied polymer Science, pp 41497-41502 (2015)
      • P.D.Castrillo, D. Olmos, J.González-Benito. Mechanical characterization and fractographic study of epoxy–kaolin polymer nanocomposites. Composite Structures, pp 70-76 (2015)



      • Urena, J.; Tsipas, S.; Jimenez-Morales, A., Gordo, E.; Detsch, R.; Boccaccini, AR. Cellular behaviour of bone marrow stromal cells on modified Ti-Nb surfaces. Materials & Design, vol.140, p.452-459 (2018)
      • Urena, J.; Tejado, E.; Pastor, JY.; Velasco, F. ; Tsipas, S. ; Jimenez-Morales, A. ; Gordo, E. Role of beta-stabilizing elements on the microstructure and mechanical properties evolution of modified PM Ti surfaces designed for biomedical applications. Powder Metallurgy, vol.61, n.2, p.90-99 (2018)
      • Urena, J.; Mendoza, C.; Ferrari, B. ; Castro, Y.; Tsipas, SA.; Jimenez-Morales, A.; Gordo, E. Surface Modification of Powder Metallurgy Titanium by Colloidal Techniques and Diffusion Processes for Biomedical Applications. Advanced Engineering Materials, vol.19, n 6, artículo 1600207 (2017)
      • Sierra-Fernandez, A.; De la Rosa-Garcia, SC. ; Gomez-Villalba, LS.; Gomez-Cornelio, S.; Rabanal, ME.; Fort, R.; Quintana, P. Synthesis, Photocatalytic, and Antifungal Properties of MgO, ZnO and Zn/Mg Oxide Nanoparticles for the Protection of Calcareous Stone Heritage. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, vol. 9, n. 929 (2017)
      • Dios, M.; Gonzalez, Z.; Alvaredo, P.; Bermejo, R.; Gordo, E.; Ferrari, B. Novel colloidal approach for the microstructural improvement in Ti(C,N)/FeNi cermets. Journal of Alloys and Compounds, vol.724, p. 327-338 (2017)
      • E. Bernardo, A. Galan-Salazar M. Campos, JM. Torralba. A new approach to understand the contribution of the microstructure in the fracture behavior of sintered steels. Int. J. Powder Metall. Vol.52, No 2, 29-35 (2016)
      • A. Sierra-Fernandez, L.S. Gomez-Villalba, M.E. Rabanal, R. Fort, L. Csóka. Application of magnesium hydroxide nanocoatings on cellulose fibers with different refining degree. RSC Advances (RSC ADV). Vol.6 (57), 51583-51590 (2016)
      • L.S. Gomez-Villalba, A. Sierra-Fernandez, O. Milosevic, R. Fort, M.E. Rabanal. Atomic scale study of the dehydration/structural transformation in micro and nanostructured brucite (Mg(OH)2) particles: Influence of the hydrothermal synthesis conditions. Advanced Powder Technology (Adv Powder Technol) (2016)
      • J. Ureña, E. Gordo, E. Ruiz-Navas, N. Vilaboa, L. Saldaña, A. Jiménez-Morales. Electrochemical comparative study on corrosion behavior of conventional and powder metallurgy titanium alloys in physiological conditions. Metal Powder Report (2016)
      • A. Páez-Pavón, A. Jiménez-Morales, T.G. Santos, L. Quintino, J.M. Torralba. Influence of thermal debinding on the final properties of Fe–Si soft magnetic alloys for metal injection molding (MIM). Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, vol. 416, 342–347 (2016)    
      • A. Sierra-Fernandez, L.S. Gomez-Villalba, M.E. Rabanal, R. Fort. New nanomaterials for applications in conservation and restoration of stony materiales: a review. Materiales de Construcción (MATER CONSTRCC). Vol.67 (325), p.e107 (2016)
      • M. Carton-Cordero , B. Srinivasarao , M. Campos , A. García-Junceda , J.M. Torralba. On the role of processing parameters in sintered new Co-based (W,Al) alloys. Journal of Alloys and Compounds. 674, 406-412 (2016)
      • L. Muñoz-Fernandez, A. Sierra-Fernandez, G. Flores-Carrasco, O. Milosevic, M.E. Rabanal. Solvothermal synthesis of Ag/ZnO micro/nanostructures with different precursors for advanced photocatalytic applications. Advanced Powder Technology (Adv Powder Technol). Vol.27 (3), 983-993 (2016)
      • J. Ureña, C. Mendoza, B. Ferrari, Y. Castro, S. Tsipas, A. Jiménez-Morales, E. Gordo. Surface modification of powder metallurgy titanium by colloidal techniques and diffusion processes for biomedical applications. Advanced Engineering Materials (Accepted 26 Jun 2016. First published online 26 Jun 2016)
      • L.S. Gomez-Villalba, A. Sierra-Fernandez, M.E. Rabanal, R. Fort. TEM-HRTEM study on the dehydration process of nanostructured Mg-Ca hydroxide into Mg-Ca oxide. Ceramics International (CERAM INT). Vol.42 (8), 9455–9466 (2016)
      • A. Galán-Salazar, M. Campos and J. M. Torralba. The substrate composition: a key factor in sinter-brazing. Met. Powder Rep (2016)
      • Dios, M.; Gonzalez, Z.; Gordo, E.; Ferrari, B. Semiconductor-metal core-shell nanostructures by colloidal heterocoagulation in aqueous medium. Materials Letters, vol. 180, p.327-331 (2016)
      • J. Hidalgo A. Jiménez-Morales T. Barriere J.C. Gelin, J.M. Torralba. Capillary rheology studies of INVAR 36 feedstocks for powder injection moulding. Powder Technology, vol. 273, p.1-7 (2015)
      • A. García-Junceda, N. García Rodríguez, M. Carton-Codero , M. Campos, J. M. Torralba. Effect of zirconium on the microstructure and mechanical properties of an Al-alloyed ODS steel consolidated by FAHP. Journal of the American Ceramic Society, vol.98, nº11, pp 3582-3587 (2015)
      • J.A. Escribano, P.Alvaredo, B. Ferrari, E. Gordo and A.J. Sánchez-Herencia. FGM Stainless steel-Ti(C,N) cermets through colloidal processing. Int. Journal of Refractory Metals and Hard Materials, 49, 143-152 (2015)
      • B. Velasco, S.A Tsipas, B. Ferrari, E. Gordo. MAX phase foams produced via powder metallurgy process using water soluble space holder. Powder Metallurgy  58(2), 95-99 (2015)
      • B. Velasco, E. Gordo, S.A. Tsipas. MAX phase Ti2AlC foams using a leachable space-holder material. Journal Alloys and Compounds 646, 1036-1042 (2015)
      • R. Montoya, F.R. García-Galván, A. Jiménez-Morales, J.C. Galván. A cathodic delamination study of coatings with and without mechanical defects. Corrosion Science, 82, 432-436 (2014)
      • R. Muñoz-Moreno, E. M. Ruiz-Navas, C. J. Boehlert, J. Llorca, J.M. Torralba, M. T. Pérez-Prado. Analysis of crystallographic slip and grain boundary sliding in a Ti-45Al-2Nb-2Mn (at.%)-0.8v.%TiB2 alloy by high temperature in situ mechanical testing. Materials Science and Engineering: A 606, 276-289 (2014)
      • M. Campos, J. Sicre-Artalejo, J.M. Torralba, J. Zbiral, H. Danninger. Degradation of alumina refractory bricks by sintering Mn low alloyed steels. Ceram Int,  40 (2), 3063-3070 (2014)
      • E. Bernardo, R. Oro, M. Campos, J.M. Torralba. Design of low-melting point compositions suitable for transient liquid phase sintering of PM steels based on a thermodynamic and kinetic study. Metall Mater. Trans. A., 45 (4), 1748-1760 (2014)
      • M.E. Rabanal, I. Barroso, LS Gómez-Villalba, L. Mancic, O. Milosevic. Directed growth of nanoarchitected hybrid phosphor particles synthesized at low temperature. Advanced Powder Technology (Adv Powder Technol) (2014)     
      • P. Alvaredo, C. Abajo, S. Tsipas, E. Gordo. Influence of heat treatment on the high temperature oxidation mechanisms of an Fe-TiCN cermet. Journal of Alloys and Compounds, 591, 72-79 (2014)
      • L. Bolzoni, E.M. Ruiz-Navas, E. Gordo. Investigation of the factors influencing the tensile behaviour of PM Ti–3Al–2.5V alloy. Materials Science and Engineering: A, Vol.609, 266-272 (2014)
      • R. Muñoz-Moreno, E.M. Ruiz-Navas, B. Srinivasarao, J.M. Torralba. Microstructural development and mechanical properties of PM Ti-45Al-2Nb-2Mn-0.8vol.%TiB2 processed by Field Assisted Hot Pressing. Journal of Materials Science & Technology, 30, 1145-1154 (2014)
      • C. Abajo, J. Hidalgo, A. Jiménez-Morales, J. M. Torralba. Optimisation of eco-friendly binary binder system for powder injection moulding. Powder Metallurgy, 57 3, 198-203 (2014)
      • L. Bolzoni, E.M. Ruiz-Navas, E. Gordo. Powder Metallurgy CP-Ti Performances: Hydride-DeHydride vs. Sponge. Materials and Design, 60, 226–232 (2014)
      • G. Flores, J. Carrillo, J.A. Luna, R. Martínez, A. Sierra-Fernández, O. Milosevic, M.E. Rabanal. Synthesis, Characterization and photocatalytic properties of nanostructured ZnO particles obtained by low temperature air-assisted-USP. Advanced Powder Technology (Adv Powder Technol) (2014)
      • J. M. Torralba, L. Esteban, E. Bernardo, M. Campos. Understanding contribution of microstructure to fracture behaviour of sintered steels. Powder Metallurgy, 57, 357–364 (2014)
      • J. Hidalgo A. Jiménez-Morales T. Barriere J.C. Gelin, J.M. Torralba. Water soluble Invar 36 feedstock development for-PIM. Journal of Materials Processing Technology, 214, 436-444 (2014)
      • R. G. Neves, B. Ferrari, A.J. Sanchez-Herencia, E. Gordo. Colloidal approach for the design of Ti powders sinterable at low temperature. Materials Letters, 107, 75-78 (2013)
      • José M. Torralba, Luz Fuentes-Pacheco, Nerea García-Rodriguez, and Mónica Campos. Development of high performance powder metallurgy steels by high energy milling. Advanced Powder Technology, 24, 813-817 (2013)
      • J Hidalgo, C Abajo, A Jiménez-Morales, JM Torralba. Effect of a binder system on the low-pressure powder injection moulding of water-soluble zircon feedstocks. Journal of the European Ceramic Society, 33 (15), 3185-3194 (2013)
      • P. Alvaredo, D.Mari, E. Gordo. High temperature transformations in a steel-TiCN cermet. Int. Journal of refractory metals and hard materials, 41, 115-120 (2013)
      • P. Alvaredo, S.A. Tsipas, E. Gordo. Influence of carbon content on the sinterability of an FeCr matrix cermet reinforced with TiCN. Int. Journal of refractory metals and hard materials, 36, 283-288 (2013)
      • L. Bolzoni, E.M. Ruiz-Navas, E. Gordo. Influence of vacuum hot-pressing temperature on the microestructure and mechanical properties of the Ti-3Al-2.5V
      • alloy obtained by blended elemental and master alloy addition powders. Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A-Physical Metallurgy And Materials Science, 44(4), 1887-1896 (2013)
      • L. Bolzoni, T. Weissgaerber, B. Kieback, E.M. Ruiz-Navas, E. Gordo. Mechanical behaviour of pressed and sintered CP Ti and Ti–6Al–7Nb alloy obtained from master alloy addition powder. J. of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials, 20, 149-161 (2013)
      • José M. Torralba, Javier Hidalgo, Antonia Jiménez-Morales. Powder Injection Moulding: processing of small parts of complex shape. International Journal of Microstructure and Materials Properties, 8, 87-96 (2013)
      • E. Bernardo, J.Hidalgo, A. Jiménez-Morales, J.M. Torralba. Feedstock development for powder injection moulding of zirconium silicate. Powder Injection Moulding International, 6(1), 75-78 (2012)
      • J.M. Torralba, J.Hidalgo, A. Jiménez-Morales. Inductive Hot-pressing of Titanium and Titanium Alloy Powders. International Journal of Microstructure and Materials Properties, 131(3), 672-679 (2012)
      • L. Fuentes-Pacheco, M. Campos. Lead-free copper-based alloys for friction components: sinterability and recrystallization. International Journal of Powder Metallurgy, 48(3), 29-39 (2012)
      • R de Oro, JM Torralba, M. Campos. Lean sintered steels obtained through the master alloy route: mechanical properties. Powder Metallurgy Progress, 12 (3), 159-170 (2012)
      • L. Bolzoni, P.G. Esteban, E.M. Ruiz-Navas, E. Gordo. Mechanical Behaviour of Pressed and Sintered Titanium Alloys Obtained from Prealloyed and Blended Elemental Powders. Journal of Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials, 546, 189-197 (2012)
      • L. Bolzoni, E.M. Ruiz-Navas, E. Neubauer, E. Gordo. Mechanical Properties and Microstructural Evolution of Vacuum Hot-pressed Titanium and Ti–6Al–7Nb Alloy. Journal of Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials, 9C, 91-99 (2012)
      • L. Fuentes-Pacheco, M. Campos. Microalloying in sintered steels by mechanical alloying: evolution of the nanostructure during attrition and thermal stability. Powder Metallurgy, 55 (4), 287-293 (2012)
      • L. Bolzoni, E.M. Ruiz-Navas, E. Neubauer, E. Gordo. Powder injection moulding: processing of small parts of complex shape. Materials Chemistry and Physics, 131(3), 672-679 (2012)
      • Lidija Mancic, Vesna Lojpur, Ignacio Barroso, M.E. Rabanal, Olivera Milosevic. Synthesis of cerium activated yttrium aluminate-based fine phosphors via aerosol route. European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, 16, 2716-2724 (2012)
      • J. Hidalgo, A. Jiménez-Morales, J.M. Torralba. Torque rheology of zircon feedstocks for powder injection moulding. Journal of the European Ceramic Society, 32 (16), 4063–4072 (2012)

      IMDEA Materials

      • Sanchez-Hernandez, R.; Padilla, I.; Lopez-Andres, S.; Lopez-Delgado, A. Eco-friendly bench-scale zeolitization of an Al-containing waste into gismondine-type zeolite under effluent recycling. Journal of Cleaner Production, vol.161, p.792-802 (2017)
      • Sanchez, H., Sabirov, I., Monclus, M.A., Matykina, E., Molina-Aldareguia, J.M. Ultra-fine grained pure Titanium for biomedical appliations. Materials Technology, vol. 31 (13), p. 756-771 (2016)
      • Herrera-Ramirez, Luis C.; Castell, Pere; Fernandez-Blazquez, Juan P Fernandez, A.; de Villoria, RG. How do graphite nanoplates affect the fracture toughness of polypropylene composites? Composites Science and Technology, Vol.111, p.9-16 (2015)



      • J. Peña‐Bahamonde; V. San‐Miguel; J.C. Cabanelas; D. F. Rodrigues. Biological Degradation and Biostability of Nanocomposites Based on Polysulfone with Different Concentrations of Reduced Graphene Oxide. Macromolecular Materials and Engineering, vol.303, n.2, Article 1700359 (2018)             
      • Shabestari, ME.; Kalali, EN.; Gonzalez, VJ.; Wang, DY.; Fernandez-Blazquez, JP.; Baselga, J.; Martin, O. Effect of nitrogen and oxygen doped carbon nanotubes on flammability of epoxy nanocomposites. Carbon, vol.121, p.193-200 (2017)
      • Pena-Bahamonde, J.; San Miguel, V.; Nguyen, HN.; Ozisik, R.; Rodrigues, DF.; Cabanelas, JC. Functionalization of reduced graphene oxide with polysulfone brushes enhance antibacterial properties and reduce human cytotoxicity. Carbon, vol.111, p.258-268 (2017)
      • Llorente, Amaia; Serrano, Berna; Baselga, Juan. The Effect of Polymer Grafting in the Dispersibility of Alumina/Polysulfone Nanocomposites. Macromolecular Research, vol.25, n.1, p.11-20 (2017)
      • Amaia Llorente, Berna Serrano, Juan Baselga, Gabriel Gedlerb, Rahmi Ozisik. Nanoindentation and wear behavior of thermally stable biocompatible polysulfone–alumina nanocomposites. RSC Advances, 6, 100239-100247 (2016)
      • Marta González, María Crespo, Juan Baselga, Javier Pozuelo. Carbon nanotube scaffolds with controlled porosity as electromagnetic absorber materials in the gigahertz range. Nanoscale, 8, 10724-10730 (2016)
      • Gonzalez, M.; Mokry, G.; de Nicolas, M.; Baselga, J.; Pozuelo, J. Carbon Nanotube Composites as Electromagnetic Shielding Materials in GHz Range. Carbon Nanotubes – Current Progress of their Polymer Composites, p.297-321 (2016)
      • M. González, J. Baselga and J. Pozuelo. High porosity scaffold composites of graphene and carbon nanotubes as microwave absorbing materials. Journal of Materials Chemistry, C 4, 8575-8582 (2016)
      • Claire Antonelli, Berna Serrano, Juan Baselga, Rahmi Ozisik, Juan Carlos Cabanelas. Interfacial characterization of epoxy/silica nanocomposites measured by fluorescence. European Polymer Journal, 62, 31–42 (2015)
      • Artemia Loayza, Juan Carlos Cabanelas, María González, Juan Baselga. Critical examination of chemically modified hybrid thermosets: Synthesis, characterization and mechanical behavior in the plateau regime of polyaminosiloxane-nitrile-DGEBA. Polymer, 69, 178-18 (2015)
      • María Crespo, Néstor Méndez, María González, Juan Baselga, Javier Pozuelo. Synergistic effect of magnetite nanoparticles and carbon nanofibres in electromagnetic absorbing composites. Carbon 74, 63–72 (2014)
      • María Crespo, María González, Ana Laura Elías, Rajukumar, Juan Baselga, Mauricio Terrones, Javier Pozuelo. Ultra-light carbon nanotube sponge as an efficient electromagnetic shielding material in the GHz range. Physica Status Solidi-Rapid Research Letters, 1–7 (2014) / DOI 10.1002/pssr.201409151                             
      • Viviana Gonzalez, Carlos Martin-Alberca, Gemma Montalvo, Carmen Garcia Ruiz, Juan Baselga, Mauricio Terrones, Olga Martín. Carbon Nanotube-Cu Hybrids Enhancing Catalytic Activity in Aqueous Media. Carbon, Vol.78, p.10-18 (2014)
      • M. Crespo; M. González, J. Pozuelo. Magnetic silica: epoxy composites with a nano- and micro-scale control. Materials Chemistry and Physics, 144, 335-342 (2014)                                                                                 
      • Susana Anaya, Berna Serrano, Berta Herero, Alberto Cervera, Juan Baselga. γ-Alumina Modification with Long Chain Carboxylic Acid Surface Nanocrystals for Biocompatible Polysulfone Nanocomposites. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 6, 14460−14468 (2014)
      • Claire Antonelli, Berna Serrano, Juan Baselga, Juan Carlos Cabanelas. Fluorescence probes the early formation of network at the interface of epoxy-silica nanocomposite during curing. Materials Letters, 137, 460–463 (2014)
      • J. Peña; JJ Atencia; J. Pozuelo, P. Tarazona; F. Mendicuti. New insights on the self-organization of PEG/alpha-cyclodextrin- based Polyrotaxanes in solution: an experimental and theoretical study. Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics, 214, 2802-2812 (2013)        
      • María González, Ignacio Martín-Fabiani, Juan Baselga, Javier Pozuelo. Magnetic nanocomposites based on hydrogenated epoxy resin. Materials Chemistry and Physics, 132, 618– 624 (2012)

      IMDEA Materials                                                                                                                       

      • Aleman, B.; Ranchal, R.; Reguero, V.; Mas, B. ; Vilatela, JJ. Carbon nanotube fibers with martensite and austenite Fe residual catalyst: room temperature ferromagnetism and implications for CVD growth. Journal of Materials Chemistry C, Vol.5, N.22, p.5544-5550 (2017)
      • Herrera-Ramirez, Luis C.; Cano, Manuela; Guzman de Villoria, Roberto. Low thermal and high electrical conductivity in hollow glass microspheres covered with carbon nanofiber-polymer composites. Journal of Polymer Science B-Polymer Physics, vol.55, n.2, p.189-197 (2017)
      • Herrera-Ramirez, Luis C.; Castell, Pere; Castillo-Rodriguez, Migue Fernandez, A.; de Villoria, RG. The Effect of a Semi-Industrial Masterbatch Process on the Carbon Nanotube Agglomerates and Its Influence in the Properties of Thermoplastic Carbon Nanotube Composites. Journal of Polymer Science B-Polymer Physics, vol.55, n.2, p.189-197 (2017)
      • Romero, P.; Postigo, PA.; Baquedano, E.; Martinez, J.; Bosca, A.; de Villoria, RG.             Controlled synthesis of nanocrystalline glass-like carbon thin films with tuneable electrical and optical properties. Chemical Engineering Journal, vol.299, p.8-14 (2016)
      • Aleman, B.; Reguero, V.; Mas, B.; Vilatela, JJ. Strong Carbon Nanotube Fibers by Drawing Inspiration from Polymer Fiber Spinning. ACS Nano, Vol.9, N.7, p.7392-7398 (2015)



      • Sotomayor, ME.; de la Torre-Gamarra, C.; Bucheli, W.; Amarilla, JM.; Varez, A.; Levenfeld, B.; Sanchez, JY. Additive-free Li4Ti5O12 thick electrodes for Li-ion batteries with high electrochemical performance. Journal of Materials Chemistry A, vol.6, n.4, p. 5952-5961 (2018)
      • de la Torre-Gamarra, C.; Woszczak, M.; Levenfeld, B.; Varez, A.; Garcia-Gonzalez, E. ; Urones-Garrote, E. ; Di Noto, V. Interplay between humidity, temperature and electrical response of a conductivity sensor based on a La2LiNbO6 double perovskite. Journal of Materials Chemistry A, vol.6, n.13, p.5430-5442 (2018)
      • Sotomayor, ME.; Levenfeld, B.; Varez, A.; Sanz, J. Study of the La1/2+1/2xLi1/2-1/2xTi1-xAlxO3 (0 <= x <= 1) solid solution. A new example of percolative system in fast ion conductors. Journal of Alloys and Compounds, vol. 720, p.460-465 (2017)
      • B. Arias-Serrano, M.E. Sotomayor, A. Várez, B. Levenfeld, H. Monzón, M. A. Laguna-Bercero and A. Larrea. High performance Ni-YSZ thin-walled microtubes for anode-supported solid oxide fuel cells obtained by powder extrusion moulding. RSC Advances, Vol.6, p.19007-19015 (2016)
      • M.E. Sotomayor, B.I. Arias-Serrano, J. Ciruelos, A.Várez, B. Levenfeld. Porous Ni-YSZ planar anodes by powder extrusion moulding employing PMMA as pore former. Powder Metallurgy, Vol.59(4), p.281-287 (2016)
      • A.M.Martos, M. Herrero, A. Várez, B.Levenfeld. Synthesis and characterization of new membranes based on sulfonated polysulfone/Zn,Al-heptamolibdate LDH. Materials Letters, Vol.152, p.125-127 (2015)
      • M.J.Martínez-Morlanes, A.M.Martos, A. Várez, B. Levenfeld. Synthesis and characterization of novel hybrid polysulfone/silica membranes doped with phosphomolybdic acid for fuel cell applications. Journal of Membrane Science, Vol.492, p.371-379 (2015)
      • A.M.Martos, J-Y Sanchez, A. Várez, B.Levenfeld. Electrochemical and structural characterization of sulfonated polysulfone. Polymer Testing, Vol.45, p.185-193 (2015)
      • M. Herrero, A.M. Martos, A. Varez, J.C. Galván, B. Levenfeld. Synthesis and Characterization of Polysulfone / layered double hydroxides nanocomposite membranes for fuel cell application. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, Vol.39, p.4016-4022 (2014)
      • M.E. Sotomayor, R. de Cloe, B. Levenfeld and A. Varez. Microstructural study of duplex stainless steels obtained by powder injection molding. Journal of Alloys and Compounds, vol.589, p.314-321 (2014)
      • M. E. Sotomayor, I. Krupa, A. Várez, B. Levenfeld. Thermal and mechanical characterization of injection moulded high density polyethylene/paraffin wax blends as phase change materials. Renewable Energy Volumen, 68, p.140-145 (2014)
      • Sotomayor, L.M. Ospina, B. Levenfeld, A.Várez. Characterization of 430L porous supports obtained by powder extrusion moulding for their application in solid oxide fuel cells. Materials Characterization, Vol.86, p.108-115 (2013)  


      RESEARCH GROUP 6                                

      • Sanchez-Carballido, S.; Justo-Maria, C.; Melendez, J.; Lopez, F. Measurement of the Thermal Parameters of Composite Materials During Fire Tests with Quantitative Infrared Imaging. Fire Technology, vol.54, n.1, p.313-333 (2018)
      • del Campo, R.; Savoini, B.; Jordao, L.; Munoz, A.; Monge, MA. Cytocompatibility, biofilm assembly and corrosion behavior of Mg-HAP composites processed by extrusion. Materials Science & Engineering C-Materials for Biological Applications, vol.78, p.667-673 (2017)
      • del Campo, R.; Savoini, B.; Munoz, A.; Monge, MA.; Pareja, R. Processing and mechanical characteristics of magnesium-hydroxyapatite metal matrix biocomposites. Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials, vol.69, p.135-143 (2017)
      • Sanchez-Carballido, S.; Justo-Maria, C.; Melendez, J.; Lopez, F. A Quantitative Infrared Imaging System for In Situ Characterization of Composite Materials in Fire Tests. Fire Technology, vol.53, n.3, p.1309-1331 (2017)
      • Carro, G.; Munoz, A.; Monge, MA. ; Savoini, B.; Galatanu, A.; Galatanu, M.; Pareja, R. Thermal conductivity and diffusivity of Cu-Y alloys produced by different powder metallurgy routes. Fusion Engineering and Design, vol.124, p.1156-1160 (2017)
      • V. de Castro, S. Lozano-Pérez, M. Briceno, P. Trocellier, S. Roberts, R. Pareja. Effects of the single-and simultaneous triple-ion-beam irradiation on oxide dispersion strengthened Fe12Cr steel. Journal of Materials Science, 50, 2306-2317 (2015)
      • G. Carro, A. Muñoz,  M.A. Monge, R. Pareja. Microstructural and mechanical characterization of Cu-0.8 wt%Y. Fusion Engineering and Design, 89-99, 1941–11944 (2015)
      • G.Carro, A. Muñoz, M.A. Monge, B. Savoini, R. Pareja, C.Ballesteros, P.Adeva. Fabrication and characterization of Y2O3 dispersion strengthened copper alloys. Journal of Nuclear Materials, 455, 655-659 (2014)
      • Sanchez-Carballido, S.; Justo-Maria, C. ; Melendez, J. ; Cortes, F. ; Lopez, F. ; del Cerro, FJL. Experimental Determination of the Thermal Parameters of Carbon Fiber-Composite Materials. Exposed to Fire by Infrared Imaging Pulse Thermography. International Journal of Thermophysics, Vol.34, N.8-9, p.1606-1616 (2013)



      • Essen, J.; Ruiz-Garcia, M.; Jenkins, I.; Carretero, M.; Bonilla, LL.; Birnir, B. Parameter dependence of high-frequency nonlinear oscillations and intrinsic chaos in short GaAs/(Al, Ga) As superlattices. Chaos, vol.28, n.4, artículo 043107 (2018)
      • Ruiz-Garcia, M.; Essen, J.; Carretero, M.; Bonilla, LL.; Birnir, B. Enhancing chaotic behavior at room temperature in GaAs/(Al,Ga)As superlattices. Physical Review B, Vol.95, N.8, Artículo 085204 (2017)
      • Ruiz-Garcia, M.; Bonilla, L. L.; Prados, A. Bifurcation analysis and phase diagram of a spin-string model with buckled states. Physical Review E, vol. 96, n.6, artículo 062147 (2017)
      • Ruiz-Garcia, M.; Bonilla, L. L.; Prados, A. STM-driven transition from rippled to buckled graphene in a spin-membrane model. Physical Review B, Vol.94, N.20, Artículo 205404 (2016)
      • Bonilla, L. L.; Ruiz-Garcia, M. Critical radius and temperature for buckling in graphene. Physical Review B, Vol.93, N.11, Artículo 115407 (2016)
      • Ruiz-Garcia, M.; Bonilla, L. L.; Prados, A. Ripples in hexagonal lattices of atoms coupled to Glauber spins. Journal of Statistical Mechanics-Theory and Experiment. Artículo P05015 (2015)



      • Nieves Cubo, Marta Garcia, Juan F. del Cañizo, Diego Velasco and Jose L. Jorcano. 3D bioprinting of functional human skin: production and in vivo analysis. Biofabrication, 9, 015006 (2017)

    Thesis defense


    The doctoral thesis consists of an original research work developed by the Ph.D. candidate student in the field of knowledge of the program that enables the student for autonomous work in the field of R+D+ i.

    Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and the Doctoral School establishes the follow-up procedures to guarantee the quality of the doctorate's training and supervision. It also facilitates the procedures for the proper evaluation and defense of the doctoral thesis.


    Further information:



    Requirements for thesis defense in Materials Science and Engineering


    Theses are required to meet the quality standards required by the Ph.D. Program for defense. Quality can be supported by the scientific-technical contributions derived from the thesis.

    Requirements for thesis defense established by the Ph.D. Program and approved by the Directing Board of the Álvaro Alonso Barba Institute of Chemistry and Materials Technology (IAAB) at UC3M are:

    • i) A seminar of approximately 30 minutes given by the Ph.D. candidate on his/her research outcomes. The seminar must take place after the first annual evaluation (with a favorable assessment) and before the application for thesis deposit. The organization of the seminars has to be carried out with the assistance of the IAAB assistant at least 10-15 days in advance. These seminars are conducted in a single public session during the last week of each month.
    • ii) An article derived from the thesis research that has been published (or accepted for publication) in a journal indexed in the JCR-Journal of Citations Report during the year of its publication.
    • iii) Attendance to at least two seminars for every category hosted by the Ph.D. Program (state-of-the-art and presentation of outcomes) during each academic year. Proof of attendance to seminars
      Schedule and contents of these seminars will be notified to students on the Aula Global platform. This requirement will not apply during the academic year(s) in which the Ph.D. candidate has carried out research visits, scientific conferences or workshops.
    • Ph.D. Studies Overview
      Información Práctica de los Estudios de Doctorado


      Our Ph.D. programs focus on the acquisition of skills and abilities required to undertake high-quality research work within the strategic framework and lines of research of the university. Students will be expected to work independently under supervision and guidance of top experts in their fields in order to produce novel, groundbreaking research work in the form of a dissertation.

      The Ph.D. thesis constitutes the expected outcome of the doctoral training, stating the specifics of the research work and results. The thesis must meet the high-quality standards required by the Ph.D. program and be subject to public defense and assessment by an independent thesis committee.

      A favorable assessment of the thesis enables Ph.D. students to request their official Ph.D. degree certificate, issued by the Spanish Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte. 



      Doctoral training calendar 


      Duration of the academic year: October 1st through September 30th

      Process Period
      Admission According to the start semester of the PhD:

      First semester of the 22/23 academic year
      Admission application deadline: February 1st through August 31st 2022 (23:59 h., CET)
      PhD start date: November 15th

      Second semester of the academic year
      Admission application deadline: September 1st through January 31st 2023 (23:59 h., CET) 
      PhD start date: March 30th
      Enrollment According to the start semester of the PhD:

      Enrollment period for new students
      First semester: September 1st through 30th (23:59 h., CET) of the current academic year
      Second semester: March 1st through 31st (23:59 h., CET) of the current academic year

      Enrollment period for continuing students
      September 1st through 30th (23:59 h., CET) of the current academic year
      Annual Assessment  June
      All PhD candidates are subject to annual evaluation.

      Only students whose June evaluation was unfavorable are subject to evaluation. 

      In both cases the evaluation is based on the progress of the thesis project (Reseach Plan) and the doctoral activities carried out during the academic year.
      Thesis Defense Thesis defense can be carried out throughout the academic year.
    • Procedures
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      Ph.D. Studies

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      What is a Ph.D.?

      A Ph.D. is a period of training in skills and abilities required to undertake independent, high-quality research work in the realm of R&D under the supervision of top experts in their respective fields.


      What are the terms of access to a Ph.D. program?

      As a general rule, candidates are required to hold a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree. Credits for both must amount to at least 300 ECTS credits.

      Additionally, specific requirements and candidate profiles are described in each program’s terms of access. Before applying for admission, it is strongly recommended to take the  Ph.D. Programs into consideration, as well as its lines of research, profiles of the scholars involved and final results (theses and scientific publications) as proof of the program’s quality and specialization.

      What is the duration of a Ph.D.?

      The regular duration of a full-time Ph.D. program is 3 years. This period can be extended up to 5 years.

      The regular duration of a part-time Ph.D. program is 5 years. This period can be extended up to 8 years. 

      You may apply, for justified reasons, for either an extension or a leave of absence from your Ph.D. training period to the Academic Committee of your program. Your request must be endorsed by your tutor/advisor. Further information:  Duration of Ph.D. studies


      Can I do my Ph.D. entirely online?

      No. All Ph.D. Programs require some face-to-face activity throughout the training period. The duration of face-to-face activity is established by each Program.


      How can I apply for a part-time enrollment status?

      You can state your part-time enrollment status upon admission or, once you have initiated your training period, by submitting a request for justified reasons to the Academic Committee of your program. Your request must be endorsed by your tutor/advisor. Further information:  Enrollment status for Ph.D. studies


      Must I take any other training in addition to my research work?

      Yes. There are three different types of additional training to be taken during your Ph.D.:

      • Complementary training. Applicable only to students whose terms of admission state this training as required.
      • Specific training. Activities within the framework of your Ph.D. program.
      • Research Skills training. Courses or activities focused on abilities common to all disciplines (communication, academic writing, stress management, etc.).

      Further information on Doctoral Training: Monitoring and Development of these FAQ.

      What is the outcome of a Ph.D.?

      The Ph.D. thesis is the intended outcome of the doctoral training period. The thesis must give account of the student’s scientific work and meet the quality standards established by the Academic Committee of the program. Theses are defended in a public dissertation event, where they are subjected to assessment by an independent committee.

      A favorable assessment enables students to apply for their official Ph.D. degree certificate issued by the Spanish Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte. An additional Doctorado Internacional distinction is awarded to students who met a number of specific requirements during their training period.

      What is an Interuniversity Ph.D.?

      Interuniversity PhDs are joint degree programs by Universidad Carlos III de Madrid in collaboration with other Spanish or international institutions. The outcome of these programs does not translate into multiple degrees but just one equivalent to the training undertaken by the student.




      How can I apply for admission to a Ph.D. program?

      Your application for admission must be submitted online. Signing in is previously required in order to get your login and password. Further information on how to carry out this process:  Apply for admission


      I have not completed my Master’s degree yet. May I apply for admission now?

      Yes. However, in the event of a favorable resolution of admission, it will be conditioned to your Master’s degree completion.


      When can I apply for admission?

      Applications for admission for the first semester of the 22/23 academic year with start date on the 15th of November, 2022, can be submitted from February 1st through August 31st, 2022 (Spanish peninsular time, CET)*

      Applications for admission for the second semester of the 22/23 academic year with start date on the 30th of March, 2023, can be submitted from September 1st, 2022 through January 31st, 2023 (Spanish peninsular time, CET)*.

      *Except where noted in the details of each Ph.D. Program.

      The PhD academic year begins on October 1st and ends on September 30th. 


      What documents do I need to submit?

      Scan in advance, in pdf format, the documentation requirements to be attached to your application. The documents listed below are mandatory in all cases:

      • National Identity Document: DNI, NIE, or passport
      • Previous degree certificate or diploma (Master’s degree or equivalent), or proof of payment of issuance fees. 
      • Academic transcript of previous degree (Bachelor's and Master’s degree or equivalent), including grades
      • Curriculum Vitae
      • Authorization of disclosure of educational and employment information
      • Ph.D. research proposal
      • Endorsement for thesis project

      Some programs may require additional documents, such as reference letters by notable researchers, foreign language skills certificate, etc.

      Please note: If your previous degree was earned at an international institution, you must also submit a certificate issued by said institution stating that your degree meets the requirements for access to Ph.D. level studies.


      Can I choose when to start my doctoral training?

      Yes. As a new student, you must state in your application for admission whether you want to start your training in the first semester (November 15) or second semester (March 30).


      I want to apply for a scholarship or financial aid program. Must I do it before or after applying for admission to a Ph.D.?

      It is strongly recommended to apply first for your Ph.D. program of choice at uc3m, as most of the granting institutions require proof of admission (or application for admission) to a Ph.D.

      Further information on Scholarships and Financial Aid Programs of these FAQ.


      I submitted my application. When will I know if I am admitted?

      The review process of your application consists of two stages:

      • Administrative validation. Your application will be reviewed at the Doctoral School Office on campus to ensure that it meets the admission requirements. You will be contacted if necessary.
      • Academic evaluation. If your application has succesfully passed the previous stage, it will be forwarded to the Academic Committee of the Ph.D. program for review. You will be notified of the Committee's decision by certified mail sent to the postal address provided in your application.

      This process may take up to one-two months. You will be notified of the Committee’s resolution by e-mail.


      I have been admitted. When must I submit my enrollment form?

      In you are admitted to a Ph.D. program, you have to submit your online application for enrollment in the periods set by the university to that effect, according to the instructions indicated in your letter of admission, our website or the Enrollment section of this FAQ, including the payment of tuition fees. If you do not submit your enrollment for the academic year for which you were admitted, your admission will be cancelled.

      Doctoral training scholarships. Exemptions

      Campus Getafe

      What types of financial aid programs can I apply for?

      There is a wide variety of financial aid programs for doctoral training that cover partial or total tuition fees and, in some cases, allow uc3m to formally hire the Ph.D. student as a training researcher.

      Who are the awarding bodies?

      Here is a list of the most common scholarship and financial aid programs:

         - Formación de Investigadores del Ministerio de Innovación / Researchers Training by Ministerio de Innovación (formerly known as FPI scholarships)
         - Formación de Profesorado Universitario del Ministerio de Educación / University Faculty Training by Ministerio de Educación (formerly known as FPU scholarships)
         - Researchers Training by Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, awarded by the institution departments
         - Ph.D. Scholarships by La Caixa
         - Ph.D. Scholarships by Comunidades Autónomas (Autonomous Regions of Spain)
         - Scholarships by Fundación Carolina (for Latin American students)

      Further information:  Doctoral Training Scholarships

      When and how can I apply for these?

      Each granting body has its own application and awarding periods. It is strongly recommended to apply first for your Ph.D. program of choice at uc3m in all cases, as most of these institutions require proof of admission (or application for admission) to a Ph.D.


      Do I have to be admitted to a Ph.D. in order to apply for admission?

      It is not required in most cases, but, as pointed out previously, you must have at least submitted your application for admission in order to be eligible (check the awarding institution’s specific terms). Only if you are eventually granted the scholarship or financial aid will it be required to be admitted and enrolled on the program in order to accept the aid and be hired as a training researcher at uc3m.


      I received a scholarship or financial aid. Do I have to notify uc3m?

      Yes. As a recipient of any financial aids, it is recommended to notify the university for these to be applied upon enrollment. If your scholarship status is not registered in your self-enrollment application, please contact the Doctoral School Office, either in person or by e-mail at


      Where will I undertake my Ph.D. research work?

      Your research and teaching activities (when applicable) will be carried out at the department or Institute stated in your contract within the framework of your Ph.D. program under the supervision of the tutor and advisor(s) appointed by the Academic Committee.

      Who is in charge of managing my scholarship or financial aid program?

      Granting institutions usually delegate on uc3m the management of these aids according to the terms originally established by those and our own rules and regulations.


      Who is to evaluate the progress and outcomes of my research work?

      All our Ph.D. students must submit the progress of their research work for evaluation by the Academic Committee of their Ph.D. program. Recipients of any financial aid program must also provide this information to the granting body.


      Are there any other tuition fees exemptions?

      Yes. As a new student, if you are eligible for any of the following exemptions or discounts recognized by the Spanish administration, you must submit certified copies of the pertinent documents to the Postgraduate Office on campus before enrollment proceedings so that these exemptions apply upon enrollment.

      • Large Family status: Certified copy of the Large Family status card (general or special)
      • Disability: Certified copy of Disability Identification card (minimum 33% disability)
      • Other: Certified copy of proof of exemption for victims of terrorist attacks (including their spouses and children) or children of civil and military servants who perished in the line of duty.

      These documents must be valid for the academic year for which the exemption is requested.


      How to enroll

      Our Ph.D. Management service allows you to submit your enrollment data online. To access the application, just enter your ID or passport number and the four-digit password generated by our system upon initial registration. Forgot your code? You will need to print out your proof of enrollment and tuition fees invoice, when applicable.


      When to enroll               

      New students can choose the start date of the Ph.D. studies. Enrollment period varies accordingly:

      Students starting first semester:

      • Enrollment period: September 1st through 30th (23:59 h., Peninsular Spanish time)
      • Start date of Ph.D. training: November 15 

      Students starting second semester*:

      • Enrollment period: March 1st through 31st (23:59 h., Peninsular Spanish time)
      • Start date of Ph.D. training: March 30

      *In these cases, students benefit from a reduced tuition fee, applicable only for first-year enrollment.

      Your start date will determine the length of your Ph.D. training period.

      As a continuing student, the enrollment period is September 1st through 30th (23:59 h., Peninsular Spanish time) of each academic year.


      What modules should I register on my application?

      You must select the following modules of your enrollment application:

      • Ph.D. Monitoring for your doctoral training year. 

      Required in all cases. It will be registered by default in your application. 

      • Complementary credits.

      Only applicable if the Academic Committee of your program established these credits as obligatory in its admission resolution, in which case you have been properly notified in your admission letter. These credits will be registered by default in your application.

      Other activities of your doctoral training may not require enrollment. If so, our Doctoral School Office is in charge of the registration process:

      • Specific training: Activities included in the curriculum of your Ph.D. program. 
      • Research Skills training: Only required for students of some Ph.D. programs.  

      Please note: Upon completion of your Ph.D. training, it is required to be enrolled in both the Ph.D. monitoring of the academic year of your thesis defense and the Ph.D. thesis Defense and Assessment module in order to defend your thesis.


      What are the costs of tuition fees?

      These are the tuition fees for all your Ph.D. training:


      1. Academic fees

      Academic monitoring of Ph.D. training year.  

      • Ordinary fee (full-time, starting first semester): 390 €.
      • Reduced fee* (full-time, starting second semester): 234 €.
      • Reduced fee (part-time, starting first or second semester): 234 €.

                  *Full fees will apply in subsequent years.

      Training credits

      • Complementary training (only for students who are required to take these credits as established in their resolution of admission). If the subjects are the same as subjects from an official degree, the price will be the same as in the original degree. The prices range from € 45,02 to € 80-150 €, depending on the master's program and the doctoral year of enrollment (first, second or subsequent).
      • Research Skills training courses. 45,02 € per credit. Credits from other institutions also require an enrollment at UC3M . A reduced 25% fee will apply in these cases (11,25 € per credit).


      Thesis defense. 143,15 €

      Ph.D. Degree Certificate. 229,86 €


      1. Administrative fees
      • Registrar’s Office expenses. 6,11 €
      • Academic record proceedings (first-year students only). 27,54 €


      1. School insurance. 1, 12 €. Applicable to Spanish or international students (legal residents) under 28 years of age.


      Students who fail to fulfill the payment of these fees will be dismissed from the Ph.D. program.

      Further information:  Tuition fees


      How do I validate my first-year enrollment?

      Upon completion and payment of your enrollment, the Doctoral School will get in touch with you and set an appointment to provide the original documents to have your enrollment validated in compliance with the access requirements to Ph.D.



      According to your previous studies, the documents to be submitted are listed below: 

      1. If you have taken an official Master's degree at UC3M, you are not required to submit any documents. The Doctoral School will check your records accordingly.

      2. If your access degree for Ph.D. has been issued at a Spanish University or member states of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), the required documents are: 

      • Access degree certificate for Ph.D. (Master's degree or equivalent) or payment receipt of issuance fees.
      • Grades certificate of access degree to Ph.D. (Master's degree or equivalent).

      3. If your access degree for Ph.D. has been awarded by a University in a country outside of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), the required documents are:

      • Access degree certificate for Ph.D. (Master's degree or equivalent) or payment receipt of issuance fees.
      • Grades certificate of access degree to Ph.D. (Master's degree or equivalent).

      These documents must have been previously legalized through diplomatic channels (the Apostille of The Hague Convention, when applicable). Please bear in mind that this procedure must be carried out from the country of origin. Therefore, it is strongly recommended to do it well in advance. 

      Find which legalization procedure applies to your country:  Legalization of Foreign Degrees


      Original hard copies of the documents must be provided along with their photocopies. The Doctoral School will check both originals and their copies and have them certified. If the degree certificates and documents have an electronic signature or digital certification (with safe verification codes), these will be submitted by e-mail at

      All documents must be submitted in Spanish, English, French, Italian or Portuguese (certificates and degrees provided in other languages must have attached an official Spanish translation).  

      The submission period will be notified by e-mail within a month after the end of the enrollment period.


      What are my rights and obligations as a uc3m student?

      Please refer to the following documentation issued by the regional authorities and uc3m. All of them apply to Ph.D. candidates at Uc3m.

      • Students Statute of the Region of Madrid (Estatuto del estudiante de la Comunidad de Madrid)
      • uc3m students Rights and Obligations (Carta de los derechos y deberes del estudiante en la uc3m)
      • Rules and Regulations of the Doctoral School at uc3m (Reglamento de la Escuela de Doctorado de la uc3m)
      • Good Practices of the Doctoral School at uc3m (Código de buenas prácticas de la Escuela de Doctorado de la uc3m)

      Additionally, you have access to the university's support services to students and researchers.

      Further information:  Rules and Regulations

      Ph.D. Studies: Monitoring and Development

      Biblioteca María Moliner

      How are my Ph.D. supervisors appointed?

      Ph.D. tutors and advisors are advanced members of the uc3m faculty or other research institutions who serve as mentors of your research work and keep track of your progress. They also facilitate your communication with the Academic Committee of the program.

      Tutors are appointed by the Committee upon your admission. Tutors must hold a Ph.D. degree and have ties with the program, as well as a proven track record in research of at least six years (or proof of equivalent qualifications).

      The Committee will also appoint an advisor within three months from initial enrollment on the program. Thesis advisors must hold a Ph.D. degree and have a proven track record in research of at least six years (or equivalent qualifications), as well as specific research experience in the field of your thesis. Advisors' may be based at any university, center or institute in Spain or abroad. A professor may be appointed as both tutor and advisor of a Ph.D. student.

      The Academic Committee may change these designations throughout your doctoral training period for justified reasons.


      Must I take any other training in addition to my research work?

      Yes. There are three different types of additional training to be taken during your Ph.D.:

      • Complementary training. Maximum: 40 ECTS credits. Applicable only to students whose terms of admission state this training as required. The Academic Committee will determine the credit-based courses or subjects in the admission resolution. As a general rule, this training must be taken during the first year.
      • Specific training. Students are also expected to participate in a number of activities relevant to their field of research: seminars, meetings, conferences, courses, etc. These activities may require prior enrollment at uc3m. Your tutor or advisor will confirm the contents of your specific training program.
      • Research Skills training. Some Ph.D. programs at uc3m require training in research skills focused on abilities common to all disciplines (communication, academic writing, stress management, etc.). These credits can be earned at either uc3m or other institutions and require formal enrollment at uc3m in all cases, as well as the approval of your tutor or advisor.


      How is the progress of my research evaluated?

      The Academic Committee of your program will evaluate the progress of your research project and activity report on an annual basis in the month of June. Grounds for evaluation are to be registered in the following documents:

      • Research Plan. Not to be mistaken for the research proposal submitted when applying for admission. As a new Ph.D. student, you must elaborate an initial Research Plan within the first year of your doctoral training period. This plan will serve as a tracking tool of your project, listing the objectives and methodology of your research as well as a comprehensible timeline stating the periods estimated for the achievement of each goal. It must have attached your tutor or advisor's evaluation report in order to be submitted for assessment to the Academic Committee of your program.

      An annual update of this Plan must be submitted in subsequent years, with the corresponding tutor or advisor’s evaluation report, so that all parties involved in your doctoral training can track and assess your progress.

      • Activity Report. In addition to your Research Plan (initial or updated), it is also required to register any activity relevant to your Ph.D. research: courses, seminars, meetings, conventions, publications, international fellowship programs, etc. Be sure to have attached all certificates and/or work papers as proof of completion.

      In the event of an unfavorable assessment by the Academic Committee, you will be subjected to evaluation again in December.



      Can I join an international research visit program?

      Yes. Undertaking a period of research abroad is a requirement for Doctorado Internacional distinction eligibility. Among other requirements, your visit must have a minimum duration of three months; also, the report of activities and outcomes of your research at the host institution must be written in one of the languages used for scientific dissemination in your field of research (different from any of Spain’s official languages). Prior approval by your tutor/advisor and the Academic Committee of your program is required. The Committee will evaluate your visiting research reports and, if approved, submit your candidacy for the Doctorado Internacional distinction to the Doctoral School Board.

      Thesis defense

      Biblioteca Carmen Martin Gaite

      What is a Ph.D. thesis?

      The Ph.D. thesis is the intended outcome of the doctoral training period. The thesis must give account of the student’s scientific work and meet the quality standards established by the Academic Committee of the program. Theses are defended in a public dissertation event, where they are subjected to assessment by an expert committee.

      As a general rule, Ph.D. candidates must have been enrolled on their program for a minimum period of 24 months before initiating thesis defense proceedings.


      I have approval to proceed to the thesis defense. What are the stages of this process?

      Once you get approval for your thesis defense by your tutor, advisor and Academic Committee, a minimum span of 8 weeks (excluding holiday periods) is usually required to go through these stages:

      1. Plagiarism management procedure
      2. Thesis deposit. Three weeks.
      3. Approval of thesis defense and appointment of Thesis Committee by the Dean of Doctoral School. One week.
      4. Defense session logistics. Three weeks.
      5. Thesis defense


      What is the plagiarism management procedure?

      Once the Academic Committee of your Ph.D. program determines that your research period is done and your thesis is ready for deposit, a pdf file of the thesis will be submitted to the Doctoral School to proceed to the plagiarism management, in compliance with the Code of Good Practice of the Doctoral School.

      The results of this study will be at the disposal of the members of the thesis committee, should they be requested.

      Further information:  Plagiarism management


      What is the thesis deposit?

      The deposit of your thesis enables doctors and scholars of your field to review your work before the defense. The deposit period is 15 days (excluding August), after which all comments and observations by the experts will be reported to the Academic Committee and yourself. 

      Further information:  Thesis deposit


      Who is in charge of approving the defense? Who can be a member of the Thesis Committee?

      Once the deposit period is ended, the Academic Committee of the program, upon favorable assessment by the tutor/advisor, will submit their proposal for defense and appointment of Thesis Committee members to the Dean of Doctoral School.

      This Committee consists of three experts in the field of research of the Ph.D. candidate, two of which must be based outside uc3m.

      Further information:  Defense session. Appointment of Committee members


      How are defense logistics managed?

      Once all authorizations are signed, the Thesis Committee’s Secretary will appoint a date for the defense. The Doctoral School Office on campus will be in charge of the logistics of the event (room reservations, technical equipment, etc.) and the travel procedures of the committee members, when applicable.

      Additionally, the Postgraduate Office will submit a digital copy of the thesis to each member of the Thesis Committee at least 15 days prior to the defense session. This file will contain any allegation or comment submitted by the experts during the deposit period.

      Further information:  Defense session. Appointment of Committee members


      Do I have to pay any fees before the defense?

      Yes. The payment of thesis defense fees must be fulfilled before proceeding to defense. Additionally, payment of enrollment fees for the academic year in which the defense takes place must be up to date.


      How is my thesis assessed?

      All Committee members must receive a copy of the thesis 15 days prior to the defense event.

      Once the Ph.D. candidate completes his/her dissertation, the Committee can provide feedback or pose questions. Their global assessment will be given in terms of Fail (No Apto), Pass (Aprobado), Good (Notable) or Excellent (Sobresaliente).

      Theses with an Excellent (Sobresaliente) grade are eligible for the cum laude distinction. The committee members will subsequently cast their votes via separate secret ballot in closed session. Only if all votes are favorable will the committee submit their proposal for the thesis to be awarded the cum laude distinction to the university Chancellor. In this case, each member of the committee will finally cast their vote, anonymously and in a sealed envelope, for the thesis to be considered for the Outstanding Thesis Award by Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.


      How can I apply for my Ph.D. certificate?

      Your application for the official Ph.D. degree certificate, issued by the Ministry of Education of Spain, and the payment of the corresponding fees is managed by the Doctoral School Offices.

      Issuance of your certificate may take 6 to 12 months. Until then you may apply for a temporary certificate as proof of completion of your Ph.D. studies as of the date of your thesis defense.


      Where is my Ph.D. thesis published?

      Your thesis will be published in e-archivo, the open online repository of Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, and Teseo the Ph.D. database managed by the Ministry of Education. In the event of partial or temporary restrictions pertaining to the publication of your thesis, you must report them to the university.

      Glossary of terms

      Ph.D. Program. Array of training and activities oriented to the acquisition of abilities required to undertake autonomous research work in the realm of R&D. Each Ph.D. program establishes their own procedures and lines of research for the development of theses within the framework of their respective fields.

      Academic Committee. The coordinator/director of the program and two other Ph.D. members constitute a program's Academic Committee, the body in charge of the various training areas and research progress of the program, as well as the authorization of thesis defense of their Ph.D. candidates.

      Doctoral School. Academic body in charge of the management and coordination of all Ph.D. programs.

      Ph.D. Thesis. Original piece of research carried out by Ph.D. candidates in their field of knowledge. Presented as a written dissertation according to the quality, content and format guidelines set by the Ph.D. program for its public defense.

      Tutor. Supervisor in charge of tracking the training progress of the Ph.D. candidate and serving as a communication link between the researcher and the Academic Committee. Tutors must be attached to uc3m faculty with a proven research track record. Tutors are appointed upon approval of admission by the Academic Committee.

      Thesis advisor. Supervisor in charge of tracking the training progress of the Ph.D. candidate. Advisors are experts in the field of the Ph.D. candidate's research, not necessarily attached to uc3m faculty (if they are, they can also be appointed as tutors). Advisors are appointed within the first three months of the student's Ph.D. training period. A student may have more than one advisor.

      Specific training. Specific activities pertaining to the field of research of each Ph.D., designed to provide students with the knowleddge and opportunity for debate required for the development of their research work: seminars, meetings, conferences/dissertations, international research visits, etc.

      Research Skills training. Training activities oriented to the acquisition of skills common to all disciplines. All students are required to earn at least 6 credits (60 hours) throughout their doctoral training period. Enrollment on these courses is performed separately from their regular doctoral training.

      Complementary training. Maximum 40 ECTS credits. Training that the Academic Committee may deem necessary in their admission resoluction in order to complement the Ph.D. candidate's previous academic background. Enrollment on these credits will be required in addition to the student's regular doctoral training. These credits are usually earned during the first Ph.D. year. 

      Research plan. Document to be drafted within the first six months of Ph.D. training detailing the student’s research project to be subjected to annual evaluation every month of June. It must be approved by the tutor, the thesis advisor and the Academic Committee. This plan must be updated and submitted for review and evaluation purposes on a yearly basis.

      Ph.D. Activity report. A registration account of all training activities pertaining to the Ph.D. student's research. The tutor and thesis advisor must endorse these activities for them to be submitted to the Academic Committee for annual evaluation in June. 

      Student record. Academic details of every Ph.D. student as registered in uc3m databases, including activities and credits completed. This information is to be attached to the thesis in the final stages of defense approval.

      Academic transcript. Official document signed by the Head of Doctoral Studies certifying a student's academic record.

      Monitoring and assessment. Annual process by which the research progress and activities of a Ph.D. candidate are subjected to evaluation by the Academic Committee.

      Written Agreement. Document signed by all parties involved in a thesis research project (Ph.D. student, tutor, advisor/s, and Academic Committee) stating their roles and specific conditions pertaining to confidentiality agreements, copyright or use and distribution of research outcomes, where applicable, as well as conflict resolution procedures.

      Thesis public review. Procedure required to allow the academic community to review the student's thesis and issue comments and observations prior to the defense. The thesis is usually deposited at the university's intranet.

      Thesis defense. Academic event open to the public in which Ph.D. candidates defend their research work before a committee of experts in their field. The defense is followed by a question and answer session led by the defense committee in order for it to give their assessment.

      Defense committee. Committee consisting of three experts with proven track records of research in the field of the thesis, most of which must be based outside uc3m. The committee gives their assessment of the thesis and awards the cum laude distinction and the Outstanding Thesis Award candidacy, where applicable.

    • Itinerary
      Itinerario Estudiante de Doctorado
    • Regulations
    • Quality


      Implementation Year: 2012-2013


      The Academic Committee of the Ph.D. complies with the SGIC-UC3M. It is responsible for the quality analysis of the program and produces the Degree Reports ("Memoria Académica de Titulación").




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