Surface treatments and coatings are very important parts of the manufacturing industry: they assure durability, protection, and the surface properties needed to achieve the final requirements. Santiago Pinate’s main research goal is to gain a deeper understanding of the codeposition mechanism of nano, sub-micro, and micro particles in a metal matrix by electrodeposition and the definition of its critical parameters. This will lead to a better comprehension of the different relationships between the final composite characteristics, the particle dispersion within the matrix, and the electroplating parameters.
The project’s objective is to develop a sound model in a laboratory scale that can be exploited and implemented into the industrial process design, providing to the finishing industry a method to produce high performance coatings. Santiago Pinate is currently working on Nickel composite wear-resistance coatings as substitution of the traditional hard chromium plating.
Santiago Pinate was born in Caracas, Venezuela. He holds the degree of Mining Engineer with a specialization in Material Engineering and Metallurgy from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain. In June 2016, he completed the “Product Development and Material Engineering” master program at the Jönköping University. Santiago Pinate finished his thesis in “Surface treatment for medical devices – Analysis of coating materials in High-Frequency surgery instruments” in collaboration with KARL STORZ GMBH & Co. KG. – Germany. In April 2017, he was admitted to the third cycle research education and he is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Materials and Manufacturing on the topic of electrodeposition of composite coatings.