Chemical Engineer by the Universitat Jaume I and PhD by the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV) in Spain, Dr Garcia joined the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering at the TUDelft after one year postdoc at the UPV and 2 years at the 3mE Faculty of the TUDelft. Dr Garcia is currently Associate Professor at the Novel Aerospace Materials group and team leader of the Self-Healing Polymeric Materials team. This truly multidisciplinary research team focuses on the development of self-healing polymeric materials (coatings, polymers and composites) and responsive coatings taking into account chemistry, physics, electrochemistry, surface science and mechanics. Current research efforts are directed to the development of: (i) self-healing polymer systems based on a deeper understanding of the role of architecture on healing, (ii) new characterization techniques/protocols to monitor and quantify dynamic processes such as healing and corrosion and (ii) unconventional smart control release systems for coatings. The research of Dr Garcia is typically sponsored by national, European and company bilateral initiatives. As a result of his academic career Santiago has published more than 100 articles in peer reviewed journals and 16 book chapters besides multiple contributions at international conferences, the Edition of a Special Issue on Self-healing Coatings and the initiation of two spin-off and filing of 4 patents.
Besides his focus on research, Dr Garcia is involved in teaching and students supervision and guidance at BSc and MSc level. Moreover, his commitment with the diffusion of science to society and industry made him being involved in the organization of scientific conferences (ICSHM, ASST, ISE), acting as reviewer of 15+ international journals, delivering invited talks at scientific and industrial forums and conferences, participating in TV programs (e.g. toekomstmakers from RTLZ) and being involved in various management and commissions of trust such as the International Steering Committee on Self-Healing Materials.