The YouTube channel of the Royal European Academy of Doctors-Barcelona 1914 (RAED) already has the video summary of the admission as a full academician of Josep Maria Guilemany, doctor in Chemistry, which was held on February 7 in the Assembly Hall of Catalan labor Promotion of National Work, headquarters of the Academy. The recipient read the admission speech “De la belleza de los materiales a las artes y las tecnologías avanzadas para la sociedad innovadora del siglo XXI” (From the beauty of materials to the arts and advanced technologies for the innovative society of the 21st century). On behalf of the Royal Corporation answered the full academician and rector of the International University of Catalonia Javier Gil.
In his work, the new academician makes a complete description of the materials that are used today for the most diverse functions, from the breadth of vision that gives him almost four decades dedicated to the world of business and teaching. In this sense, he affects the capital importance acquired in Spain in the production and handling of many of these materials.
Artificer of the creation of the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgical Engineering of the University of Barcelona, which he directs, and professor of Materials Science and Metallurgical Engineering in this same university, Guilemany traces, reviews and lists in his study the characteristics of classic and fundamental materials in the development and particularly in the industrial era, such as steel and foundries, light alloys, superalloys, ceramics, superconductors and polymers. The new academician, however, has an impact on new strategic materials such as biomaterials, materials for the generation of alternative energies, materials for sports, leisure and industry 4.0, while pointing out the future challenges in this field.
“We are linked to superconducting materials, new classes of semiconductor and magnetic materials, materials for medical applications in micro and gauge scales, materials for the generation of new alternative energy sources, materials with biomimetic applications that try to reproduce human skin, muscles, bones. Even neurons are said, these are some of the new frontiers in our world and the engineering of materials occupies the center of gravity of this rapid and unstoppable evolution”, he concludes.