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.

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Meet the Group

Carlos Herreros Lucas

Carlos comes from Leon in Spain and started to work as an Erasmus student during his final year at Oviedo Universiy in the Nottingham Nanocarbon Group. He is currently a joint PhD student in our group working on metal-carbon hybrid materials for spintronic and energy-related applications. He likes adventure and playing football with friends.

Abdullah Kurtoglu

Abdullah comes from Bayburt, in Turkey. He completed a BSc in Materials Science and Engineering at the Sakarya University, Turkey. He moved to Nottingham and joined the group as joint PhD student working on the development of techniques to use carbon nanotubes and nanofibers as metallic nanoparticles support materials for applications in fuel cells.

Mehtap Aygun

Mehtap comes from Turkey where she graduated from the Chemical Engineering Department at Atatürk University. She completed a year research in Nottingham as part of her MRes degree, and has now rejoined the group as a joint PhD student. She is working on nanomagnetic catalytic nanoreactors.

Joshua Lee

Joshua is from Saddleworth in Greater Manchester and he is currently studying an MSc in Medicinal and Biological Chemistry. He joined the research group in September 2014 as part of his final year masters project working on iron complexes. He recently received the Syngenta Prize for academic excellence for his work at Diageo innovation R&D. In his spare time he plays a range of sports including football, squash and badminton.

Alanna Murphy

Alanna is a masters student studying at The University of Nottingham, originally from Surbiton in Surrey. She is working on the preparation and electrochemical characterisation of hybrid nanomaterials for energy storage applications and is hoping to continue working in Nottingham towards a PhD in materials chemistry.

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