Efraín Carreño-Morelli, Professor of Materials Technology, was born in 1966 in Córdoba (Argentina) and has the swiss, argentinian and italian citizenships. At the age of 15 he entered National University of Córdoba, from which he graduated in 1989 with a MSc in Physics. Then, he moved to the Atomic Centre of Bariloche to pursue a PhD Thesis on the subject "Metallurgical properties of Al-Mg-Si alloys subjected to neutron irradiation and thermomechanical treatments", which he submitted in 1994. In parallel with his studies of physics and materials science, he also followed courses of astronomy, medicine and philosophy. Working with the oil industry in Patagonia, he developed in 1994 a monitoring system to evaluate the operation condition of sucker rod pumps (pumpjacks), which was successfully tested and used in several oil wells. Arriving at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne EPFL in 1995, he was a research assistant in the Physics Department, where he performed investigations on the processing and damping behaviour of metal matrix composites, dislocation dynamics in ordered intermetallic compounds, and anelastic properties of aluminium alloys. In 2000 he joined the Swiss Federal Institute of Materials Testing and Research EMPA in Thun, where he was a project manager working in the development of metal matrix composites.
Dr. Carreño-Morelli assumed in 2001 his present position with the University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland in Sion (Systems Engineering Institute). He currently teaches in several courses of materials science and engineering, including powder metallurgy, composite materials and ceramics technology. His research interests are in the field of powder metallurgy, metal and ceramic injection moulding, mechanical alloying, processing of metal-ceramic composites and solid free-form fabrication techniques. Since 2002 he has been responsible for setting-up the powder injection moulding (PIM) technology at the Design & Materials Unit. He is the author of numerous refereed publications in international journals and conferences. He also serves as an external reviewer for several scientific journals. He is on the editorial board of the open access journal Papers in Physics. He is a member of the European Powder Metallurgy Association, the Professional Society for Powder Metallurgy APMI International, the Additive Manufacturing Network, the Swiss Powder Metallurgy Working Group and the Argentinian Physics Association. Since 2010 he serves as a member of the Technical Program Committee (TPC) of the International Powder Metallurgy Congress EuroPM, including the upcoming meeting EuroPM2020 to be held in Lisbon, Portugal. Recent achievements include the net-shape fabrication of shape memory alloys, the processing of carbon nanotube - metal matrix composites and the powder injection moulding of titanium. He is the inventor of a novel variant of the three-dimensional printing technique: Solvent on Granule 3D Printing (SG-3DP).