A short biography
Dr. Maria Gimenez is Principal Investigator at CiQUS, Ramon y Cajal at the University of Santiago de Compostela and Honorary Associate Professor at the University of Nottingham. 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 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 at the University of Nottingham. In 2011, she started her independent career as Royal Society Research Fellow and in 2015 she became Assistant Professor of Materials Chemistry in Nottingham. In 2018 she joined the CiQUS, launching her project ERC-STG NANOCOMP supported by the Oportunius Program (Xunta Galicia). She is currently coordinator of a strategic research group on Condensed Matter & Functional Materials (MAT2). 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.
In the last 10 years her studies have included a number of firsts, including (i) the first demonstrations of a molecular rhombus tiling (Nat. Chem. 2012), a supramolecular bilayer at a surface (Nat. Chem. 2011) and unusual nanoribbons inside carbon nanotubes (Nat. Mater. 2011); (ii) the encapsulation of single molecule magnets (Nat. Commun. 2011); (iii) the controlled assembly of preformed magnetic nanoparticles (Angew. Chem., 2013,) and exploitation of electrochemical nanoparticles (Adv. Mater. 2016, ChemSusChem 2021) in hollow carbon nanostructures. She has discovered a new type of supramolecular fluid (PCT/ES2021/070659, ES2797556 Angew.Chem. 2021) and established a new catalyst technology (PCT/ES2021/070649, ES2796448) offering a unique opportunity to address recyclability & sustainability for cost-effective electrochemical technologies. She has directed four doctoral thesis at the University of Nottingham and 12 MSc theses. She has participated in 15 research projects (11 as PI).
During these years she has been granted different fellowships and awards: Spanish Ministry of Education and Science Undergraduate Fellow, Extraordinary award for highest Degree in Chemistry, Regional Government Fellowship for Doctoral Studies, Marie Curie Intra-European Research Fellowship, Royal Society DH Research Fellowship, ERC Starting Grant-NANOCOMP, Ramon y Cajal contract and a ERC PoC Grant-ZABCAT. In recognition of her multidisciplinary achievements, 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 nanostructures.