Horizon 2020
European Union Funding
for Research & Innovation
Scientist working on a microscope

ESR 5: Optimisation of biomechanical behavior and deformation mechanisms of antibacterial glassy alloys

Project Description

Objectives: This project will focus on expanding the accessible range of structures and property combinations of the biocompatible metallic glasses developed in BIOREMIA.  It will explore the various mechanical properties and glass-forming ability of the new antibacterial compositions. The work aims to combine processing (such as thermal cycling and heavy surface deformation) with composition optimisation to dramatically improve the bulk mechanical properties and surface patternability (thermoplastic forming). Complementary work will be carried out to study the effects of different relaxation and rejuvenation treatments on metallic glasses structure and properties.

Expected Results: a) Widening the window for effective thermomechanical patterning of BMG surfaces; b) Characterization of optimal structure-property combinations in biocompatible metallic glasses.

The ESR will travel abroad for research secondments at partner organisations of the BIOREMIA Network (e.g. at Montanuniversität Leoben - Austria, Yale University - USA, PX Services - Switzerland) and will participate in specialised training meetings and international conferences.


ESR 5: Miguel Brito Costa

University of Cambridge (UCAM), United Kingdom

Miguel Brito Costa holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Materials Engineering, both awarded by Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon (Portugal).