Universidad del País Vasco (UPV/EHU)

Research Group on Physical Metallurgy


The University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) is a teaching and research institution officially founded in 1985. The university employs over 7.000 people throughout 31 faculties and schools geographically distributed in three campuses with over 50,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students. The UPV/EHU has been recently recognised as an International Excellence Research Campus by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation.

In what concerns research group involved in the present project at the UPV/EHU, it is the Research Group on Physical Metallurgy (GIMF). The GIMF is a multidisciplinary research group involving four full Professors from the Department of Physics of Condensed Matter and the Department of Applied Physics, with a long history on research in advanced materials. The GIMF is also proud of the development of the laboratories on Mechanical Spectroscopy, pioneer in Spain, as well as the laboratory for Special Alloys Production and Crystal Growth. In addition the GIMF developed the seed laboratory for the creation of the General Service of Electron Microscopy for Materials Science at the UPV/EHU.

Ultra High Vacuum installation for testing Shape memory Alloys under load in the range of -150ºC and +250ºC. Prfo. Maria L. Nó and Dr. Gabriel López during an electron precession experiment at the 200 KV Transmission Electron Microscope. Torsion pendulum for Internal Friction measurements between -150ºC and +900ºC. Torsion Pendulum for very high temperature Internal Friction measurements, up to 1500ºC Field emission Scanning Electron Microscope with EDX and EBSD systems, equipped with in-situ cooling-heating stage.
Prfo. Maria L. Nó and Dr. Gabriel López during an electron precession experiment at the 200 KV Transmission Electron Microscope.

Contact person


Jose M. San Juan, Professor of Physical Metallurgy.
University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU
Dpt. Physics of Condensed Matter
Faculty of Science and Technology
Barrio Sarriena s/n
Leioa (Vizcaya) E-48940 SPAIN
Phone: +34 94 601 2478 Fax: +34 94 601 3500
e-mail: jose.sanjuan[at]ehu.es

Short Bio

Leader of the Research Group on Physical Metallurgy, involved in the present proposal. His fields of excellence and research areas are Physical Metallurgy, Shape Memory Alloys, Structural Intermetatallics, Mechanical Properties, Alloys design and production, Micro-Nano systems.

Ph.D. on Materials Science from the Institute National des Sciences Appliquées, Lyon, France. Ph.D. on Physics from the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), Spain. Full Professor on Physical metallurgy at the Dept. of Physics of Condensed Matter of the Faculty of Sciences and Technology from the UPV/EHU, since 1995.

Visiting Professor at the Dpt. of Materials Sciences and Engineering of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA, in 2006-2007. Chairman of the “International Conference on Martensitic Transformations”, ICOMAT-2014, which is the major worldwide event on Shape Memory Alloys. http://www.icomat2014.com

Supervisor of 15 Ph.D. Theses. Scientific Director of more than 50 research projects and infrastructure equipment. More than 150 scientific international publications. More than 20 Invited and Plenary lectures in International Conferences. Four patents on Shape Memory Alloys, (1 Spanish, 2 European, 1 USA).

Jose M. San Juan will act as the Technical Coordinator and Management Coordinator for UPV/EHU in the REACT consortium.


  • San Juan J., Nó M.L., Schuh C.A., Superelasticity and shape memory in micro- and nanometer-scale pillars. Advanced Materials, 20, 272 (2008).
  • San Juan J., Nó M.L., Schuh C.A., Nanoscale shape-memory alloys for ultrahigh mechanical damping. Nature Nanotechnology, 4, 415 (2009).
  • Nó M. L., Ibarra A., Caillard D., San Juan J., Quantitative analysis of stress-induced martensites by in situ transmisión electron microscopy superelastic tests in Cu-Al-Ni SMA. Acta Materialia, 58, 6181 (2010).
  • Dirand L., Nó M. L., Chastaing K., Denquin A., San Juan J., Internal friction and dynamic modulus in Ru-50Nb ultra-high temperature SMA, Applied Physics Letters 101, 161909 (2012).
  • López-Ferreño I., Breczewski T., Ruiz-Larrea I., López-Echarri A., Nó M.L., San Juan J., Thermal treatments and transformation behavior of Cu-Al-Be shape memory alloys. Journal of Alloys & Compounds 577, S463 (2013).
  • San Juan J., Gómez-Cortés J.F., López G.A., Jiao C., Nó M.L., Long-term superelastic cycling at nano-scale in Cu-Al-Ni Shape memory alloy micropillars. Applied Physics Letters 104, 011901 (2014).