Dr. Germán Clavijo received a Ph.D. in Ceramic Materials and Surface Treatments from the University of Limoges, France, and a Ph.D. in Materials Sciences from The Centre for Research and Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic Institute CINVESTAV, México. Both degrees were obtained in 2019 under a double Ph.D. program between the previously mentioned institutes. Dr. Clavijo proposed and worked on the co-tutelle research entitled “Development of Biohydroxyapatite/Bioglass Radiopaque Coatings Deposited by Thermal Spraying for Biomedical Applications”. He reached the route to fabricate innovative biomaterials and their applications as feedstock powders for advanced thermally sprayed coatings by APS and HVOF processes to be used in biomedical applications. As a result of this contribution, Dr. Clavijo obtained high-quality hydroxyapatite from bovine wastes and a bioglass with an enhanced radio-opacity. Consequently, this second material shows a high contrast on radiographic images for accurate postoperative diagnostics. Finally, the bio hydroxyapatite and radiopaque glass were thermally sprayed on a graded configuration obtaining a bioactive and mechanically stable coating compared to those used in the medical industry. This research work was awarded by the Mexican Council of Science and Technology with the Doctoral National Scholarship in 2016 and Beca Mixta Scholarship in 2017. Moreover, the Nouvelle-Aquitaine Scholarship in 2017 and the Excellence Eiffel program in 2018 for Ph.D. research from the French government were also part of the awards of this contribution.
Dr. Germán’s experience involves the design and fabrication of biomaterials and their evaluation, named in-situ material and biological performance, either in acellular and cellular media. Moreover, he knows the current challenges on biomaterials designs and devices through different innovative manufacturing processes. He is passionate about scientific research, teaching, and frontier knowledge on engineering, biomaterials and biomedical applications.
He has joined the Department of biomaterials to continue his research on the fabrication of bioglass with innovative properties as radiopacity.
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