Ana Mª Diez Pascual

Institution: Universidad de Alcalá, Madrid

Dr. Ana Diez Pascual graduated in Chemistry in 2001 at the Complutense University of Madrid, where she carried out her Ph.D. on “Dynamic and equilibrium properties of fluid interfaces”. In 2005 she worked at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces (Germany) with Prof. R. Miller on the rheological characterization of water-soluble polymers. From 2006 to 2008 she was a postdoctoral researcher at the Physical Chemistry Institute of the RWTH-Aachen University (Germany), where she worked on the layer-by-layer assembly of polyelectrolyte multilayers onto thermoresponsive microgels, to test their application as controlled drug delivery systems. Then she moved to the Institute of Polymer Science and Technology (ICTP-CSIC, Madrid) to participate in a collaboration project between CSIC and the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) to develop thermoplastic polymer nanocomposites reinforced with carbon nanotubes (CNTs). In 2009 she obtained a Juan de la Cierva fellowship and started a new research line for the development of hybrid nanocomposites incorporating CNTs and inorganic nanoparticles. In 2011 she got a JAE-Doc contract and focused on the incorporation of graphene and CNTs in thermoplastic/thermoset blends through targeted control of the interphase. Recently she joined Alcalá University with a “Ramon y Cajal” fellowship and is currently working on the development of polymer/surfactant systems with CNTs and graphene to test their potential as optical sensors. She has published over 90 SCI articles, has an H index of 32 and more than 2400 total citations. She is the first author of an international patent currently under negotiations with a leading company in the aerospace sector, and has contributed to 54 international conferences. She was awarded the TR35 2012 prize by the Massachusetts Technological Institute (MIT) for her innovative work in the field of nanotechnology.