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Composite Challenge

The Next Generation of Composite Leaders

One of JEC World roles is to scout the very best of innovations and innovators. This objective is further confirmed this year with the launch of a new program that includes, a keynote session about the burning subject of Artificial Intelligence and a challenge of 10 PhD who will pitch their thesis in 5’ & 1 slide. It all started with the idea that Science & Research are the fuel of innovation. And that research needs to meet with the industry via new types of formats, more unformal and more engaging. 2 hours to source new ideas and maybe new people to join your teams ! We thank Zoltek, part of Toray Group, who is the partner of this first edition.


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Wednesday 7, March

  • 11am - 11.30am
    “Materials Informatics and the Future of R&D: Applying AI to Composite Materials and Manufacturing” By Dayton Horvath, Industry Expert and Consultant
  • 11.30am - 12.30pm
    Composite Challenge - PhD Student Pitch Session
  • 12.30pm - 1pm
    Winners announcement & cocktail



Jason Palmer: moderator

Jason Palmer is a commissioning editor of the daily-briefing app Espresso at The Economist, where he was previously a Science and Technology Correspondent. He is a former physicist, having worked in America, Britain, and Italy; since shedding his lab coat he has worked at New Scientist and the BBC, and was a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT in 2013.

Dayton Horvath: speaker
Dayton Horvath is an industry expert and consultant in additive manufacturing. He previously led the Materials Design and Manufacturing coverage area at Lux Research, a strategic advisory and market research firm. He graduated in Chemistry from the University of Connecticut and the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Amaël Cohades: composite challenge facilitator
With a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering, Amaël Cohades is currently a postdoctoral research scientist at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale in Lausanne, and a finalist in the international “My Dissertation in 180 Seconds” competition for his research on self-healing fibre-reinforced composite materials: a valuable experience for the candidates.


Composite Challenge

10 PhD students

  • Federico Amenini, Ecole supérieure des techniques aéronautiques et de construction automobile.
    Flax fibres-reinforced PA11: study on the dynamical mechanical properties.
  • Oliver Döbrich, Technische Universität Dresden.
    Multi-scale study of the effect of manufacturing defects on matrix cracking in laminated composites: in-situ experimental investigation and simulation analysis.
  • Andrea Fernandez, Madrid Institute for Advanced Studies of Materials.
    Recycling of composites by recovering carbon fibres of cured prepregs, and their re-use in hybrid laminates.
  • Benedikt Hannemann, Technische Universität Kaiserslautern.
    Multifunctional metal-carbon-fibre composites for damage tolerant and electrically conductive lightweight structure.
  • Mahoor Mejdikhani, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.
    Multi-scale study of the effect of manufacturing defects on matrix cracking in laminated composites: in-situ experimental investigation and simulation analysis.
  • Alexandre Mordasini, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne.
    Discontinuous fibre composite tubes for high performance applications.
  • Alex Reichanadter, Purdue University.
    Process modelling and flexible manufacturing of multi-phase resin based thermoset and thermoplastic prepreg.
  • Léonard Serrano, Université de Toulouse.
    Out of Autoclave prepreg manufacturing - Material characterization, process optimization and mechanical comparison.
  • Xun Wu, University of Bristol.
    Can carbon fibre composites be ductile and notch-insensitive?
  • Evangelos Zympeloudis, University of Bristol.
    Advanced Automated Tape Laying with Fibre Steering Capability Using Continuous Tow Shearing