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ITAV, Spain



ITAV is part of a not-for-profit Research & Technology Development Group with over 10 years of experience and knowledge of managing European funded projects employing 550 scientist and engineers, and containing nine individual institutes, each with a specific technological specialise and competence. The majority of the research of ITAV is working with both hi- and low-tech SMEs, either helping the high-tech SMEs get their products and processes to market, or assisting low-tech SMEs differentiate themselves and their products, often in traditional highly competitive markets, through applying novel materials. Their polymer capability spans both product and process development, with core skills focussed on the development of polymer processing technique, which can be applied to enhancing the value of polymer based products.

Role in the Project

ITAV will bring a high level of professional research management to ensure that the core research and technology aspects of the project can be achieved on time and to budget. It will be responsible for ensuring that all deadlines on reporting, financial management etc. are met. In the RTD activities, ITAV will bring its experience and skills in extrusion by complementing ELASTORSA on the tasks to be carried out in WP2, the processing of un-vulcanized rubber.

Personnel Involved

Dr. Tomas Rodriguez. Dr. Rodriguez currently acts as Team Leader of European Projects in ITAV. Bachelor in Physcis, Master in Electronics, Phd. In Informatcis and Automatics, for 25 years he has worked in the prívate R&D sector. He acquired extensive experience in the coordination and management of national and European R&D projects in the FP4, FP5, FP6 y FP7. Some of the projects with relevant participation of Dr. Rodriguez are the following: FOIRCEV, FIRELI, SILENTWALL, CAMELOT, CITRONE, ON-LIVE, SAID, VISIRE, EVENTS, ITALES, HOLONICS, VITAL, INTERACT, CITRUS, VICTORIA. He has been also involved extensively in contract negotiation, authoring consortium agreements, proposal writing, project management and implementing, etc. Project evaluator for the Spanish Ministry for Science, and reviewer of several important International journals, in the past years he had the opportunity to collaborate with some of the most important research institutions in Europe: Franhoufer Inst., INRIA, CNRS, University of Oxford, University of Lund, DFKI, Siemens C-Lab, Philips Research Labs.

Dr Dulce Muñoz, Dulce Muñoz has a B.Sc. degree in Organic Chemistry (UAM) and a Ph.D. at the University of Bristol (U.K.) granted for studies on the synthesis of new macromolecules with biological activity, as well as a number of publications within the sector or Organic and Polymer Chemistry. She held a postdoc position (2 years) at the Imperial College of Science and Technology and the University of Leeds. She has worked as research scientist for 6 years at the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas conducting investigations on the synthesis of new polyamides and polyimides for gas separation and water purification membranes. She attended the Master of High Specialization in Plastics and Rubber, at the ICTP-CSIC. She has the necessary experience in R&D of polymeric and organic materials and in multiple characterization techniques (DSC, TGA-MS, FT-IR, GPC, NMR).