A short biography
Dr. Maria Gimenez is an Assistant Professor in Materials Chemistry in the
School of Chemistry at the
University of Nottingham and recent recipient of an ERC Starting Grant (in nanoscale platforms for high performance computing). In 2006 she received her PhD from the University of Valencia working under the supervision of
Prof Eugenio Coronado and Dr. Francisco M. Romero on multifunctional materials of interest in molecular magnetism. She then joined the Supramolecular
Chemistry and Chemical Nanosciences
Group of Prof. Neil Champness at the University of Nottingham working as postdoctoral research fellow for almost three years. In 2009 she was awarded with
a two-year Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship in the Nanocarbon
Group of Prof. Andrei Khlobystov. In 2011, she started her independent career as Royal Society Dorothy Hodgking Research Fellow in Nottingham. The research
in her group is currently focused on the development and functional characterisation of hybrid metal-carbon nanostructures for spintronics and energy-related applications.
During these years she has been granted different fellowships and awards: Spanish Ministry of Education and Science Undergraduate Fellow (Sept.1999–June 2000), Extraordinary award for highest Degree in Chemistry 2000, Regional Government Fellowship for
Doctoral Studies (2001- 2005), Marie Curie Intra-European Research Fellowship (2009–2011) and Royal Society DH Research Fellowship (2011–present) and ERC Starting Grant-NANOCOMP (2016–2022). In recognition of her multidisciplinary achievements during her postdoctoral period,
Maria was awarded in 2012 with a very prestigious prize (Emerging Investigator Award 2012) by the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry for outstanding and novel research (covered in
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2012, 51, 51). In 2016 and 2017 she became Emerging Talent SRUK/CERU Award finalist for the impact of her studies on the development of materials chemistry using carbon nano structures.