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Research Group Pyrometallurgical and Materials GIPIMME

Academic Unit: Faculty of Engineering

Colombian Ministry of Science








Engineering and technology


Materials engineering

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Strategic Focus

The mission of the GIPIMME Group is to carry out research on topics related to the processing of materials, based on the human talent of its members and maintaining a leadership position in the university and national context through creative, scientific and relevant work.

Research Areas and Topics

  • Design, synthesis, evaluation and materials prototyping.
  • Materials processing.
  • Materials recycling.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Responsible consumption and production

Group Coordinator

Claudia Patricia Serna Giraldo, Ph.D.

Ph.D. in Mechanical engineering

University of São Paulo.

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Scientific Cooperation

Collaborative Relationships

  • University of São Paulo (Brazil).
  • University of Limoges (France).
  • Instituto de Cerámica y Vidrio (Institute of Ceramics and Glass) (Spain).
  • Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Metalúrgicas CenimNational (Center for Metallurgical Research, CENIM ) (Spain).
  • Universidad EAFIT (Colombia).
  • Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Medellin campus.
  • Eurocerámica.
  • Corona group.
  • Metro de Medellín (Medellin's metro system).

Notable Projects

  • Development of a new selective leaching process with low environmental impact using the Peroxydisulfate ion (S2O82-) for gold and neodymium extraction from electrical and electronic waste.
  • Steels development with nanostructured carbide-free bainite in the carbide layer and multiphase microstructure in the core for the manufacture of agriculture tools.
  • Development of ceramic matrix composite biomaterials for cell growth platforms with controlled release of antibiotics, for applications such as bone implants.
  • Nanostructured ceramic coatings deposited by thermal spraying— an alternative for replacing conventional technologies such as chrome plating.


Main Research Results

  • Recovery of gold from waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) using ammonium persul fate-Waste Management. DOI: 10.1016/j.wasman.2016.01.043
  • Tribological performance at high temperatures of alumina coatings applied by plasma spraying process onto a refractory material. DOI: 10.1016/j.surfcoat.2019.04.058
  • Multigrain and multiphase mathematical model for equiaxed solidification- Metallurgical and materials transactions A. DOI: https://bit.ly/2WvdGHC
  • Development of Nanobainitic Microstructures in Carbo-Austempered Cast Steels: Heat Treatment, Microstructure and Properties. DOI: 10.3390/met10050635

Research Portafolio

  • Chemical analysis of steels, foundries, copper-based and aluminium-based alloys using optical emission spectometry. 
  • Determination of the carbon and sulphur content in metals through high temperature fusion. 
  • Consulting in foundry, heat treatments, ceramic materials and ceramic coatings,
  • Benefits of precious minerals and metals, biomaterials, material recycling. 
  • Material characterization and failure analysis. 
  • Design and simulation of metal casting processes.

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