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"Carbon fiber can be made affordable and sustainable"

Published: 10 June 2022

Marina is a PhD student in Polymeric Composites doing research on recycling of carbon fiber waste.

WHERE DO YOU COME FROM? WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?

Spain is my homeland, a place of sun and warm winters. I grew up in a small community in a protected area, forest has always been my home. My family tree is big, so our gatherings are usually big and loud. During the completion of my studies, I had the chance to experience Spain, France and Sweden education systems and lifestyles. That is an experience as international student that I cherish deeply. I am a traveller by nature, a blackhole full of energy mostly spent in sports and outdoor activities.

WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO LTU?

I was in final year of my bachelor in Industrial Technologies in Barcelona (UPC) when I joined a 3 year program to become a Materials Engineer. I spent 1,5 year in Nancy (France) and finished my studies at Luleå Tekniska Universitet (LTU). After finishing I worked for 4years as engineer before taking a PhD that brought me back to the LTU.

WHAT IS YOUR RESEARCH CONTRIBUTION TO CREATERNITY?

At its current state, the carbon fiber industry consumes high quantities of energy to deliver an expensive product. A product that only reaches applications where its mechanical properties make it worth the investment. My research is a contribution to a circular system for carbon fiber, an addition towards sustainability. One that provides accessible and affordable carbon fiber components. Products that can be recycled with their components re-used again and again.

WHY IS CREATERNITY IMPORTANT?

Connecting researchers, creating a network, sharing knowledge and combining experiences is key to innovate. Creaternity is the meeting point that will allow those associations to be made, after all, we are working together towards the same objective from different starting points.

WHERE ARE YOU GOING?

Not going anywhere, living the present is important. Once I finish I would like to establish myself in the north of Europe and go back to working for the industry. Research is what makes change possible, but it is the industrial interest what drives it forward.