Tiago dos Santos Junior - Brazil

For Tiago, every human interaction is an opportunity to educate. Education is understood by him as a process of continuous multilateral exchange, and its success is undoubtedly related to good communication. This is an essential skill nowadays as we need more than ever to motivate social engagement in global problems such as energy crisis. Tiago developed his communication skills from childhood, when he started to study music and play the trumpet in an orchestra of young people. Curiously, he loves music, classical dance and education as much as he loves chemistry. His passion for the latter, took him to a Materials Engineering career. He earned his Master in Materials Science and Engineering in the Federal University of São Carlos, and during his undergraduate and graduate studies, he has intern positions in RHI Magnesita Brazil and Imerys Aluminates France as a member of the Federation for International Research and Education in Refractories (FIRE). He is always curious about how materials can be applied in extreme environments and how we can produce them.

Tiago is currently working on his PhD thesis on the development of novel lightweight refractory materials for energy saving at high temperatures. Apart from his technical work, he takes ballet classes every week which is not as painful as it sounds, but still an exciting challenge. Tiago is keen on sharing his knowledge on how thermal insulators can be produced in a greener route and this is the main topic of his presentation.

Greener macroporous ceramics for saving energy in high temperature processes

Energy efficiency (EE) in industries comprises practices to reduce the energetic input needed to carry out a technological task. As the energy crisis and climate changes are on the spot and require immediate action, EE practices can help industries move towards a greener and sustainable scenario. Materials Engineering is a strategic ally, as new products can be designed to better convert, transport or keep energy in the different industrial processes. However, it would be a paradox to the EE philosophy if the design of new materials was not oriented towards greener routes. Therefore, in this presentation, the development of high-performance macroporous refractory ceramics will be presented, which can be applied as advanced thermal insulators at high temperatures as those faced in various industrial sectors. The developed route allows to produce multiphasic macroporous ceramics with better thermal properties and lower environmental impact, fulfilling a lack of safe and green high-temperature insulating products.

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