School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering


Professor Carmen Torres-Sanchez MEng PhD PGCert CEng MIMechE FHEA

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Professor of Multifunctional Materials Manufacturing

Executive Director, Centre for Doctoral Training in Embedded Intelligence

Multifunctional Materials Manufacturing Research Lead

Wolfson School Manufacturing Research Theme Lead

Professional / academic background

Carmen received an MEng in Chemical Engineering from the University of Granada (Spain).  After a few years working in Brussels, sitting on the executive board of the European Confederation of Junior Enterprises, she decided to undertake a PhD in Mechanical Engineering, graduating in 2008 from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh.  Her PhD work has driven the development of a novel technique for the engineering and tailoring of functionalities and geometries within solid polymeric foams via controlled ultrasonic irradiation.

Carmen was a Research Fellow at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, from 2008 until 2010.  She then took up a lectureship position in Mechanical Engineering at Heriot-Watt University.  Carmen joined the Wolfson School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at Loughborough University in April 2013 as a Senior Lecturer.

Carmen's research interest is in the manufacture of multifunctional materials, in particular porous materials whose internal architecture can be tailored to meet specific requirements (ie structural and bio-active materials).  This enables her to collaborate with a broad spectrum of disciplines (eg bioengineers, computer modellers, mathematicians, food technologists, clinicians, materials scientists, etc).  Her research requires a very close contact with industry and she has attracted funding from public and private sources.

Main research projects:

  • Generation of engineered multifunctional  structures, tailored to specific applications in bioengineering and the food industry, via ultrasonic sonication
  • Design and manufacture of medical devices
  • Lightweight components manufacture for the automotive industry

Broad interests and expertise:

  • Added functionality in materials and structures
  • Materials and lightweight structures
  • Medical and orthopaedic applications and devices
  • Bioengineering and scaffolds for medical applications
  • Packaging and sacrificial structures
  • Architecture and design; intelligent materials for buildings
  • Elimination and control of hazardous substances
  • Use of renewable, biodegradable materials
  • Acoustic applications for the manipulation and manufacture of materials  
  • Embedded Intelligence in products and systems

Carmen always ensures her students get exposed to very hands-on activities, where they can practise the theory and learn by doing.

Carmen's publications can be found in Loughborough’s Repository:





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