Túlio Hallak Panzera
Professor Panzera is a Senior Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UFSJ (Brazil). He has a fellowship in Research Productivity from the currently Brazilian Research Agencies (CNPq and FAPEMIG) and an h-index of 23 with 1,788 citations. Prof Panzera’s experience includes two post-doctoral positions in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Bristol (2014 and 2019) and a PhD in Mechanical Design (Federal University of Minas Gerais-UFMG, Brazil / University of Bath, England - 2007). The education background of Professor Panzera also involves a master's degree in Manufacturing Processes (UFMG, 2003) and a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering (UFMG, 2001). In 2011 Professor Panzera established a national research group focused on innovation and technology of composite materials (CITeC). His research activities cover the fields of Precision Engineering and Sustainable & Smart Structures, working on polymeric and ceramic composites, biocomposites, metal fibre laminates (FML), metamaterials, smart structures, and aerostatic bearings. He pioneered several innovative compounds and techniques, like the use of Portland cement in laminated composites reinforced with synthetic fibres to increase the stiffness and specific mechanical properties. Professor Panzera’s group has also developed cementitious composites as air restrictors for aerostatic porous bearings applied to precision engineering. Professor Panzera’s group have recently published works on metal fibre laminates made of aluminium skins and biocomposites cores for secondary structural parts in aircraft, automotive and construction. Another activity of Professor Panzera’s group involves developing sandwich structural panels containing aluminium skins and honeycomb cores made from PET bottle caps as an innovative and promising route for using plastic polypropylene waste. A characteristic of the experimental work of Professor Panzera is the consistent use of robust statistical methods in composites designs during the last fifteen years.