• Dr. Manuel David Abad Roldán

Manuel Abad Roldán Faculty IQS

Dr. Manuel David Abad


Materials Engineering Group (GEMAT)

IQS School of Engineering University Ramon Llull

Via Augusta 390, E-08017 Barcelona Spain

Tel: + 34 932 672 000 (Ext: 2319)

Fax: + 34 932 056 266


PhD Degree in Materials Science, University of Sevilla (2010)
Bachelor in Chemistry, Universidad of La Rioja (2004)
Diploma of Advanced Studies, University of Seville (2007)
Master’s Degree in Science and Technology in New Materials. University of Seville (2008)                                                                                         
Postdoctoral Scientific Researcher (McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, 2010-1012)
Postdoctoral Scientific Researcher (University of California – Berkeley, California, USA, 2013-2015)
Research Fellow (University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland, 2015-2016)
Associate Professor IQS School of Engineering, 2021



Materials Technology (Industrial Engineering)

Ceramic Materials (Master of Materials Science and Engineering)

Chemical and Engineering Laboratory III (Undergraduate in Chemical Engineering)

Organic Chemistry and Materials Laboratory (Undergraduate in Chemistry)

Materials technology laboratory: from materials to products and devices (Master of Materials Science and Engineering)



Synthesis of nanostructured materials: nanoparticles and thin films.

Chemical and microstructural characterization of nanostructured materials.

Tribological characterization of nanostructured materials.

Mechanical properties of thin films, alloys and ceramic materials.

High temperature nanoindentation.

Bulk Metallic Glasses.



Catalytic growth of carbon nanotubes on stainless steel: Characterization and frictional properties.

M.D. Abad, J.C. Sánchez-López, A. Berenguer-Murcia, V.B. Golovko, M. Cantoro, A.E.H. Wheatley, A. Fernández, B.F.G. Johnson, J. Robertson.

        Diamond Relat. Materials 17 (2008) 1853-1857


Tribological properties of surface-modified Pd nanoparticles for electrical contacts.

M.D. Abad, J.C. Sánchez-López.

Wear 297 (2013) 943-951


Identification of ternary phases in TiBC/a-C nanocomposite thin films; influence on the electrical and optical properties.

M.D. Abad, R. Sanjines, J.L. Endrino, R. Gago, J. Andersson, J.C. Sánchez-López.

Plasma Process. Polym. 8 (2011) 579-588. Cover of the Journal.


Tailored synthesis of nanostructured WC/a-C coatings by dual magnetron sputtering.

        M.D. Abad, M.A Muñoz-Márquez, S. El Mrabet, A. Justo, J.C. Sánchez-López.

        Surf. Coat. Technol. 204 (2010) 3490–3500.


Evaluation of the mechanical properties of naturally grown multilayered oxides formed on HCM12A using small scale mechanical testing.

M.D. Abad, S. Parker, D. Frazer, M. Rebelo de Figueiredo, A. Lupinacci, K. Kikuchi, P. Hosemann.

Oxidation of Metals 84 (2015) 211-231


Microstructure and mechanical properties of CuxNb1-x alloys prepared by ball milling and high pressure torsion compacting.

M.D. Abad, S. Parker, D. Kiener, M.-M. Primorac, P. Hosemann

J. Alloys Compd. 630 (2014) 117-125 



Materials Engineering Group (GEMAT)