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Agustin Diaz

Agustin Diaz, PhD

Senior Research Chemist & Lead Additive Manufacturing Scientist
REM Surface Engineering

Dr. Diaz has worked on the surface optimization of metal AM components using chemically-accelerated vibratory finishing techniques for the last five years. During this time, Dr. Diaz has developed different processes to achieve defect-free, surface-finished AM build components to display optimal performance under mechanical stress. Part of his research is focused on the study and characterization of the surface texture of AM components built by different techniques, primarily powder bed methods and direct energy deposition. Other research areas that Dr. Diaz has been involved in include synthesis, surface chemistry and modification and intercalation of inorganic layered nanomaterials for a variety of applications, including lubricants additives, emulsion stabilizers, nano-surfactants, fire retardants, catalysis, catalytic supports and drug delivery, among others. During his career, Agustin has been awarded the Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, Welsh Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, PR-LSAMP-BDP program, AGEP, NASA space grant consortium, and NIH-RISE program. He has authored 22 peer-reviewed research papers, holds various patents and two book chapters, one of them on the surface finishing and characterization of AM components for the aerospace industry. In addition, Dr. Diaz is very active on standards committees, professional organizations, conference speaking and other broader impact activities. He is member of the B46 Project Team 53-Surface Finish for AM and B46/Project Team Pool.

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