Who am I? I am an energetic, creative, female scientist with a solid expertise in Material Science and Technology. I have successfully implemented an engineering approach to guide the development of functional nanohybrids through general and simple routes. Throughout my work, I have introduced important mechanisms on the cooperative coupling of dissimilar materials in single structures, which represents a fundamental knowledge for the creation of a new-generation of nano and macro hybrid materials.
My experience - I graduated in Mechanical Engineering (Colombia) and obtained a grant for a student mobility exchange funded by the European Commission that brought me to Ghent University (Belgium) to study Materials Science. I obtained my PhD from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (Spain) in 2008, and in 2009 I joined the Advanced Manufacturing Research Center with Boeing (England), turning my focus of research on composite components for aviation. In 2012 I started as postdoctoral fellow in the group of Prof. Liberato Manna at IIT (Italy), working on the mechanics of nanocomposites. Through this experience i learnt how to assembly spontaneosly different types of colloidal nanocrystals, including the modulation of their complex interactions in polymers and through mechanical forces.
Now - Since 2018 I am leading a highly motivated and young research team that aims at the discovery of exciting properties from emitting layered structures for non-conventional applications. My team has opened different strategies for the use of layered perovskites as active materials in applications where stress sensing or light modulation is desired. I am also actively collaborating on Artificial Intelligence and Data Management (DM) for Colloidal Quantum Dot Materials Research ( AI-4-QD project), which allowed me to gain a strong expertise on data structure and DM.
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