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Maria del Carmen Gimenez-Lopez

Assistant Professor in Materials Chemistry, Faculty of Science

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Biography

Dr. Maria Gimenez (ResearcherID: A-8481-2012) is Assistant Professor in Materials Chemistry and recent recipient of an ERC Starting Grant (in nanoscale platforms for high performance computing) in the School of Chemistry 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 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), Royal Society DH Research Fellowship (2011-present) and ERC Starting Grant - NANOCOMP (2016-2021).

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).

Teaching Summary

At the University of Nottingham:

2015-2016

• Tutor for F11SPC (An Introduction to Structure, Periodicity and Coordination

• Principles of Analytical Chemistry (F12PAC), 9 lectures (>100 students) Chemistry course) - 1st year undergraduate students

• Tutor for F13BMC (Bioinorganic and Metal Coordination Chemistry course) - 3rd year undergraduate students

• Senior Demonstrator in Inorganic Chemistry teaching laboratories (F11FLW/ F11ILW) for 1st year undergraduate students

2014-2015

• Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (F14AIC), 3 lectures (>100 students) - Student feedback: "We may not enjoy it in lectures, but getting us to answer questions did mean that we concentrated and learnt more"

• Postgraduate Course "Chemistry at the Nanoscale", 3 lectures (>25 students) • Tutor for F13CAT (Catalysis course) and F13BMC (Bioinorganic and Metal Coordination Chemistry course) - 3rd year undergraduate students

• Tutor for F11SPC (An Introduction to Structure, Periodicity and Coordination Chemistry course) - 1st year undergraduate students

• Senior Demonstrator in Inorganic Chemistry teaching laboratories (F11FLW/ F11ILW) for 1st year undergraduate students

• Postgraduate Course "Chemistry at the Nanoscale", 3 lectures (>25 students)

• Tutor for F13CAT (Catalysis course) - 3rd year undergraduate students

• Senior Demonstrator in Inorganic Chemistry teaching laboratories (F11FLW/ F11ILW) for 1st year undergraduate students

• Tutor for F12GIN (General Inorganic Chemistry course) - 2nd year undergraduate students

• Tutor for F11FC1 and F11FC2 (Foundation Chemistry course) - 1st year undergraduate students

• Senior Demonstrator in Inorganic Chemistry teaching laboratories (F11FLW and F11ILW) - 1st year undergraduate students

• Demonstrator in Inorganic Chemistry teaching laboratories (F12CLW) - 2st year undergraduate students

At the University of Valencia:

2004-2005 Senior Demonstrator in Inorganic Chemistry teaching laboratories - 3rd year undergraduate students

Research Summary

Maria currently holds a five-year Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellowship titled "Nano-Magnets in Carbon Nanostructures" from the Royal Society. Her project is focused on a new area of technology called… read more

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Current Research

Maria currently holds a five-year Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellowship titled "Nano-Magnets in Carbon Nanostructures" from the Royal Society. Her project is focused on a new area of technology called spintronics, which is a branch of electronics that is aimed at exploiting the property of the spin of the electron in addition to its charge. It is important because of their potential advantages, such as: i) the increased data processing speed, ii) the decreased electric power consumption and iii) the possibility to create computer memories that can retain the stored information, even when not powered. However, many practical aspects in this area are hindered because of the lack of suitable materials.

Her fellowship is targeted at developing a totally new class of materials using two different components: i) Nanotubes made of carbon which can transport both properties of the electrons (charge and spin) over long distances. ii) Nano-sized magnets that can detect or create magnetic fields, and record and store information. One of the most exciting challenges of her project is to create nanoscale architectures using these tiny hollow wires (10,000 times thinner than a human hair) made of carbon. These will be "nano test tubes" to encapsulate and store nano-sized magnets.

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