Mariana de Albuquerque Lima Braulio, Brazil

Mariana earned her MSc and PhD degrees (with honours and distinction) in Materials Science and Engineering with the Materials Microstructural Engineering Group at the Federal University of São Carlos, Brazil. She is currently a materials research engineer in the Research, Development and Innovation Area of Alcoa Latin America and Caribbean. Mariana has authored and co-authored over fifty papers on refractories evaluation, application and performance that were published in refereed journals, and has received numerous awards for her scientific and technological achievements. She is a former student of the Federation for International Refractories Research and Education (FIRE), which involves nine universities in various countries and sixteen key refractories industries around the world. During her time as a FIRE student, Mariana completed two 6-month internships abroad: one in France and the other in the Netherlands at the Ceramics Research Centre of Tata Steel. Mariana's main research interests include refractories processing and nano-engineered refractory castables focused mainly on steelmaking, aluminium and petrochemical applications.

Macromarket for nanomaterials: Increasing sustainability by designing the microstructure

Energy savings, safe operations, cost reductions and environmental protection are relevant topics for sustainable industrial growth. To meet these challenges, breakthrough innovation in suitable materials microstructure engineering is a key issue. One of the most exciting research subjects today is the development and application of nano-scaled materials. But how much of this research has successfully resulted in the 'macro' use of 'nano', boosting its industrial market and benefits? Bearing in mind that technological advances must blend basic and applied science, this lecture will address the design of a nano-engineered bonded refractory material for use in high-temperature petrochemical and aluminium production units. Inspired by the harsh application demands, the remarkable financial losses related to equipment shut-downs and the outstanding performance achieved by the designed refractory, a promising product and market for a nano-scaled material is presented, providing a tool for technological competitiveness.

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