John Banhart (Universidade Técnica de Berlim, Alemanha)
John Banhart studied Physics at the University of Munich and obtained a degree in Physical Chemistry from the same university in 1989. He joined the Fraunhofer-Institute in Bremen in 1991 and worked in the field of cellular materials. In 2002 he became a professor of Materials Science at the TU Berlin and head of a research department at the Hahn-Meitner Institute (now Helmholtz-Centre Berlin). His current focus of research lies on lightweight and cellular materials and on imaging with X-rays and neutrons.”

Matej Vesenjak (Universidade de Maribor, Eslovénia)
Matej Vesenjak is an Associate Professor of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at University of Maribor, Slovenia. He received his B.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Maribor in 2001 and obtained his Ph.D. degree at the same university in 2006. From 2012 he is also a Visiting Professor at the Kumamoto University, Japan and from 2013 a Visiting professor at the Okinawa National College of Technology, Japan. His research interests focus on porous/cellular materials, mechanical and geometrical characterization of advanced materials, computational mechanics, crashworthiness and fluid-structure interaction. He has been awarded with numerous scholarships and fellowships and has gained professional experience at several universities and institutions all over the world. His bibliography contains more than 400 entries.

Maria Fátima Vaz (Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal)
M. Fátima Vaz is Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at IST. She was a member of the first Portuguese group that initiated the work of cellular materials headed by Prof. M. Amaral Fortes. Her research interests are now specially focused on mechanical and structural properties of trabecular bone, which is also a cellular solid. She has participated in several research projects, oriented MSc and PhD students and published more than eighty papers in international journals or conference proceedings.

José M. F. Ferreira (Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal)
JMF Ferreira is an Associate Professor with habilitation of the Department of Materials and Ceramics Engineering at University of Aveiro. The main research interests include colloidal processing of advanced (polymeric, ceramic, metallic and composite) materials, synthetic bone repair materials (bone cements, porous scaffolds, granular bone filing materials based on CaP, glass-ceramics, structural bioceramics and composites). Throughout his scientific career, he has supervised 27 Master and 20 PhD students, registered 16 patents, published 6 book Chapters and more than 460 articles in SCI journals, including 2 Feature Articles.



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