Blanca Isabel Arias Serrano
  Post-Doc Fellowship  
   
  e-mail: blanca@ua.pt  
  department: Materials  
   
  supervisor: Jorge Ribeiro Frade  
  co-supervisor: Aleksey Yaremchenko  
   
     
SHORT CV

ACADEMIC DEGREES:

Ph.D. in Science and Materials Engineering.

Ph.D. Thesis: "Synthesis and characterization of perovskite-like materials and processing of YSZ microtubes for solid oxide fuel cells"; December, 2017, Carlos III University, Madrid, Spain.

Master degree in Science and Materials Engineering (1-year plan).

Master Thesis: "Processing of Al2O3 by means of Powder Extrusion and Injection Moulding"; 2009, Carlos III University, Madrid, Spain.

MEng in Industrial Engineering - specialty in Materials Engineering (5-year plan).

MEng Thesis: "Dynamic Characterization of Materials by means of double shear test using Abaqus code"; 2008, Carlos III University, Madrid, Spain.

MEng in Mechanical Engineering (3-year plan).

MEng Thesis: "Cinematic and Dynamic analysis using SOLIDWORKS of the Lightweight Mobile Robotic Arm MANFRED"; 2005, Carlos III University of Madrid; 2005, Carlos III University of Madrid, Spain.

 

SCIENTIFIC EXPERIENCE:

Postdoctoral Fellow: Since April 2018; Department of Materials and Ceramic Engineering, CICECO, University of Aveiro, Portugal.

Research Fellow: April 2017- April 2017; Department of Materials and Ceramic Engineering, CICECO, University of Aveiro, Portugal.

Research Fellow: December 2016-January 2009; Science and Materials Engineering and Chemical Engineering Department, Carlos III University, Madrid, Spain.

Research Fellow: January 2009-September 2008; Carlos III University, Madrid, Spain.

Internship: July 2007-September 2006; Laboratoire de Physique et Mécanique des Matériaux (LPMM), Lorraine University, Metz, France.

PRE-DOCTORAL TRAINING: SHORT-TERM FELLOWS and MAIN COURSES

SHORT-TERM FELLOWS:

Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Sheffield University, UK: January 2012-October 2011.(4 months).

Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Sheffield University, UK: December 2010-October 2010 (3 months).

Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Sheffield University, UK: January 2010-September 2009 (5 months).

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MAIN COURSES:

Fuel Cell: A reality: May 2010; HYCHAIN Project, Soria, Spain.

Hydrogen and Security: November 2011; Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Sheffield University, UK.

Scientific domain and specialization/skills

SCIENTIFIC DOMAIN:

Materials Science, Solid State chemistry and Electrochemistry. Energy Conversion and Storage Materials. Solid Oxide Fuel Cells. (Electro)Catalysis. Mixed-conducting Ceramic Membranes. Natural Gas and Biogas Conversion. Oxide Thermoelectrics.

 

TECHNICAL SKILLS:

Synthesis techniques: solid-state reaction, mechanochemical and mechanosynthesis, spray pyrolysis.

Fabrication techniques: powder injection/extrusion moulding (PIM/PEM).

Structural and microstructural characterization: X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy-dispersive analysis (EDS).

Thermal analysis: thermogravimetry (TGA), differential thermal analysis (DTA), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), dilatometry.

Electrical measurements: electrical conductivity (DC methods and AC impedance spectroscopy), Seebeck.

Experience on performing experiments at synchrotron and neutron diffraction facilities (ILL and ESRF, Grenoble, France).

Others: CHN, rheology tests, magnetic measurements (SQUID), studies of mixed ionic-electronic transport in oxides (determination of transference numbers by EMF modified method, analysis of defect chemistry, oxygen nonstoichiometry), thermochemical expansion.

 

ORGANISATION SKILLS:

6 years of experience in project management and R&D in collaboration with academic institutions and companies.

5 years of experience as a teacher assistant in Chemistry and Materials Engineering related laboratories. Co-supervisor of 2 MEng in Materials Engineering thesis and jury member of 4 MEng in Materials and Mechanical Engineering thesis.

 

LANGUAGE SKILLS:

Mother language: Spanish.

English: Advanced in writing and reading. Upper-intermediate in oral conversation.

French: Advanced in writing, reading and oral conversation.

Portuguese: Basic in writing, reading and oral conversation.

 

OTHERS:

Good in handling responsibilities within tight deadlines.

Able to adapt rapidly to new environments and challenges.

Versatile, sociable, open-minded, persistent, creative.

Willingness to travel abroad.

Jazz/swing dancing, outdoors activities, street markets, photography.

TEACHING ACTIVITIES

Around 600 hours of co-teaching of Materials science and engineering (2nd year of Materials Engineering), Mechanics of structures (3rd year of Materials Engineering), Ceramics technology (3rd year of Materials Engineering), Materials technology (3rd year of Mechanical Engineering), Mechanics of composite materials (3rd year of Mechanical Engineering).

PARTICIPATION IN NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH AND INNOVATION PROJECTS

December 2014-January 2001: NANOLICOM “Nanostructured Lithium Conducting Materials”;  Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), European Commission.

January 2014-January 2010: Materials for energy (MATERYENER 2); Regional Government of Madrid (CAM).

December 2013-January 2011: Synthesis, characterization and processing of materials for batteries and fuel cells; Interministerial Commission of Science and Technology (CICYT).

December 2010-January 2009: High density Ni-Zn ferrite; HISPANO FERRITAS, S.A.

December 2010-October 2007: Electrodes and electrolytes for Li-ion batteries and fuel cells; Interministerial Commission of Science and Technology (CICYT).

COLLABORATION IN SCIENTIFIC MEETINGS

Organization committee member of the IX National Electroceramic Meeting; Leganés, 28-30 June, 2009, Madrid, Spain.

Scientific Articles and Conferences

[1] B. Arias-Serrano, T. Jardiel, G. Matula, A. Várez, B. Levenfeld, (2010). Microstructure and Electrical Properties of Ni-YSZ Anode Supported Solid Oxide Fuel Cells Processed by Powder Injection and Extrusion Moulding”. In Proceedings of the
European Congress and Exhibition on Powder Metallurgy (Manuscript refereed by Dr Thomas Schubert, Fraunhofer Institut).

[2] H. Monzón, M. A. Laguna-Bercero, A. Larrea, B.I. Arias, A. Várez, B. Levenfeld (2014). “Design of industrially scalable microtubular solid oxide fuel cells based on an extruded support”. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 39 (10), 5470-5476.

[3] B. I. Arias-Serrano, M. E. Sotomayor, A. Várez, B. Levenfeld, H. Monzón, M. A. Laguna-Bercero, A. Larrea (2016). “Highperformance Ni–YSZ thin-walled microtubes for anode-supported solid oxide fuel cells obtained by powder extrusion moulding”. RSC Advances, 6 (23), 19007-19015.

[4] M.E. Sotomayor, B. I. Arias-Serrano, J. Ciruelos, A. Várez, B. Levenfeld (2016). ”Porous Ni-YSZ planar anodes by powder extrusion moulding employing PMMA as pore former”. Powder Metallurgy 59 (4), 281-287.

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[5] G. Matula, T. Jardiel, B. Arias-Serrano, B. Levenfeld, A. Várez. “Application of PIM methods to the fabrication of Ni-YSZ anodes”. IX Electroceramics National Reunion (ECIX); Madrid, 28-30th, June 2009; Poster.

[6] T. Jardiel, B. Arias-Serrano, G. Matula, B. Levenfeld, A. Varez. “Manufacturing of (Thick) Ni-YSZ anode and (Thin) YSZ Electrolyte for Tubular SOFC by powder Thermoplastic Extrusion Moulding”; Shaping 4; Madrid, 15-18th, November 2009; Poster.

[7] B.Arias-Serrano, P.Thomas-Vielma, A.Várez,B.Levenfeld,S.Martinerie, E.Carreńo-Morelli. “Effect of particle agglomeration on Rheology of Alumina Feedstocks for PIM”. Euro PM2009 Congress and Exhibition; Copenhagen, 12-14th, October 2009; Poster.

[8] B. Arias-Serrano, P. Thomas-Vielma, B. Levenfeld, A. Várez. “Effect of Solid Loading on Properties of Alumina Parts obtained by PIM”; Euro PM2009 Congress and Exhibition; Copenhagen, 12-14th, October 2009; Oral Communication.

[9] B. Arias-Serrano, B. Levenfeld, A. Várez, N. Masó, A. R. West; “Synthesis, Characterization and electrical properties of BaCe1-xPrxO3“. XI Materials National Congress; Zaragoza, 23-25th, June 2010; Oral Communication.

[10] B. Arias-Serrano, T. Jardiel, G. Matula, A. Várez, B. Levenfeld. “Microstructure and electrical properties of Ni-YSZ processed by PIM and PEM”; World PM2010 Congress and Exhibition; Florence, 10-14th, October 2010; Oral Communication.

[11] E. Climent-Pascual, R. Barroso, B. Arias-Serrano, A. Várez, J. Sanz; “Structural characterization and Li-ion conduction in garnet-type Li5+xLa3-xSrxNb2O12”; XI Electroceramics National Reunion (ECXI); Zaragoza, 19-21th, June 2013; Poster.

[12] H. Monzón, M. A. Laguna-Bercero, A. Larrea, B. Arias-Serrano, A. Várez, B. Levenfeld. “Microtubular SOFC based on an extruded support”; HYCELTEC 2013: IV Iberian Symposium on Hydrogen, Fuel Cells and Advances Batteries; Estoril, 26-28th, June 2013; Oral Communication.

[13] B. Arias-Serrano, A. Várez, B. Levenfeld, H. Monzón, M. A. Laguna-Bercero, A. Larrea. “Fabrication of Ni-YSZ tubes by Powder Extrusion Moulding for SOFC anodes”; HYCELTEC 2013: IV Iberian Symposium on Hydrogen, Fuel Cells and
Advances Batteries; Estoril, 26-28th, June 2013; Poster.

[14] Aleksey Yaremchenko, Javier Macías, Blanca Arias Serrano, Jorge Frade. “Designing the composite SrVO3-SrTiO3 anodes for hydrocarbon-fueled solid oxide fuel cells”; 1st International Conference on Solid State Ionics (SSI-21); Padua, 18-23th, June 2017; Oral Communication.

[15] Aleksey Yaremchenko, Javier Macías, Blanca Arias Serrano, Jorge Frade. “Designing the composite SrVO3-SrTiO3 anodes for hydrocarbon-fueled solid oxide fuel cells”; 15th Conference & Exhibition of the European Ceramic Society (ECerS2017); Budapest; 9-13th; July 2017; Oral Communication.

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