Dr. Iñaki Garcia Diego graduated in Physics (Materials Physics) at Madrid Complutense University in 1993. Between 1993 and 1997, he accomplished his Ph.D. thesis work in the Surface Engineering, Corrosion, and Durability department of the National Center for Metallurgical Research CENIM-CSIC followed by a postdoctoral stay of two years funded by an EU Marie Curie Fellowship at the Engineering School of Materials and Metallurgy of the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium). Afterward, he rejoined CENIM as contracted researcher until he was hired in 2002 as Materials and Processes Senior Engineer by Airbus. In 2009 he rejoins the CENIM as Tenured Researcher. Since September 2013 it is also Deputy Director for Technical Services at CENIM.
The research developed by Dr. Iñaki Garcia Diego was both basic and applied to technological applications following two main axes: on the one hand, the surface modification of metallic materials and, on the other hand, the study of the corrosion and wear resistance. Within the first line, his research interests have covered various types of surface treatments that can be grouped in high-energy processes (Physical Vapor Deposition, Laser, and Concentrated Solar Energy) and electrochemical processes (anodization and electroplating). In the second research axis, characterization and improvement of corrosion and wear resistance, his work was mainly carried out using electrochemical techniques (direct current and impedance spectroscopy) and accelerated laboratory tests with special emphasis on the application to aluminum and titanium alloys of aeronautic interest.
Current activities include the development of surface treatments for improving the titanium alloys adhesion and durability in bonded hybrid aerospace components and the additive manufacturing of metals for aerospace and biomedical applications. He is co-coordinator of the CSIC research platform for the development of additive manufacturing FAB3D.