My research spans across different classes of materials at different lenght scales and fields, with work experiences in different coutries. In 2003 I moved from Colombia to Belgium and later to Spain where I pursued my doctoral studies at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya and developed new Ti alloys with shape memory and superelasticity for biomedical applications. In 2009 I moved toward composite materials for aviation at the Advanced Manufacturing Research Center with Boeing (England) and in 2012 I started to perform research on semiconducting nanomaterials at Nanochemistry in IIT (Italy). Since 2019 I am a Researcher in IIT where I focus on the preparation and full structural (including in situ TEM studies) and optical characterization of emitting nano-objects obtained in solution.
Researcher unique identifier(s): https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7454-8891
2008 - PhD in Materials Science and Metallurgical Engineering. UPC Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Barcelona, Spain. Advisors: Prof. J.M. Manero and Prof. J. Pena. Excellent Cum Laude.
2004 - Post-graduate Certificate in Materials Engineering. Ghent University. Ghent, Belgium.
2002 - M.S in Mechanical Engineering. Universidad del Norte. Barranquilla, Colombia. Title homologated by The Spanish Ministry of Education and Science in April 2008.
Since 2019 Researcher at Nanochemistry Lab. Italian Institute of Technology. Genoa, Italy.
Since 2018 Affiliated Researcher. The Molecular Foundry, Lawrence O. Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley (California, USA).
2013-2018 Postdoctoral Researcher. Nanochemistry Research Line at the Italian Institute of Technology. Genoa, Italy.
2012-2013 External Collaborator. Nanochemistry Research Line at the Italian Institute of Technology. Genoa, Italy.
2009 Integrated Projects Team Member. Composite Centre. Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre with Boeing. Sheffield, England.
Fellowships, Awards, and Honours
- 07-09/2018, 07-08/2019 and 08/2022 – Affiliated Visiting Scientist at the Molecular Foundry, Lawrence Berkeley Lab., Berkeley, CA (USA).
- 2023 – Selected by ACS Energy Letter among the Women Scientists at the Forefront of Energy Research. January 2023. https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acsenergylett.2c02727
- 2021 – Highlighted by Advanced Materials among the top Women in Materials Science.
- 2021 – Highlighted by Nanoscale among the top Emerging Investigators in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. https://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2021/nr/d1nr90087k
- 2021 – Highlighted by Nature Italy on the article ‘A Recipe for Perovskites’. https://www.nature.com/articles/d43978-021-00025-6
- Invited to interview for ERC Consolidator 2020 – panel PE 8.
- 2006/2008 – Training of Research Staff (FPI) Fellowship. Spanish Ministry of Education and Science. Barcelona, Spain.
- 2005 – One-year fellowship. Biomaterials, Biomechanics and Tissue Engineering Group. UPC Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Barcelona Spain.
- 2003 – One-year grant for student mobility exchange funded by the European Commission. Academic Formation for Latin America - ALFA program – Building the Future on Education.
07/2022 – I was invited as Discussion Leader of the session ‘Optoelectronics’ at the Gordon Research Conference on Colloidal Semiconductor Nanocrystals; I have also been Invited to present my work at 3 conferences: E-MRS Fall Meeting at the symposium “From predictive modelling to machine learning as versatile tools for materials design” in 09/2022; NanoGe Conference on “Novel 2D Materials for Lighting Applications” in 10/2021; and EuroMat 2017 (highlighted talk). In 11/2022 I gave my first plenary talk at the E-MRS Madica conference. I have also been invited to give 6 seminars and presentations at PhD schools and Universities. My contribution to the scientific community is also demonstrated by (15) oral and (5) poster presentations.
2022 Remote panel member, panel PE5 - ERC Consolidator grant 2022. EU Commission
2020-2022 Expert member of the proposal review board. The Molecular Foundry. Lawrence Berkeley Laboratories. USA.
2019 External evaluator PhD student selection. University of Trieste. Italy.
2019 Evaluator to assign a PostDoc fellowship. Nanomaterials for Biomedical Applications group at the Italian Institute of Technology, Italy.
2009 PhD thesis evaluator. Dr. Marta Gonzalez. Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Spain.
Since 2017 I am a regular reviewer for peer review international journals (American Chemical Society, Wiley, and Nature).
Organisation of Scientific Meetings
10/2023 Co-organizer of the symposium ‘Functional Nanomaterials’ at MAT-SUS Fall Meeting.
12/2021 Co-organizer of the 2-days online workshop ‘Designing the Nanomaterials of the Future’ (150 people).
2019 Organizer of nanoseminars “at the Italian Institute of Technology. (45 people each seminar), Genoa, Italy.
2015-2022 PhD student’s advisor. Italian Institute of Technology with University of Genoa. Italy.
Since 2020 Leader of experimental data integration and analysis for AI/ML through digital tools. Italian Institute of Technology, Genoa. Italy.
2019 Qualified as Associate Professor for the area of Engineering and Architecture. The Catalan University Quality Assurance Agency (AQU). Spain.
2014 Member of the commission for the PhD program in Chemistry, Italian Institute of Technology with University of Genoa. Italy.
Atomic resolution imaging of layered perovskites. 2022-2023, acting as PI and funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.
Past Granted Projects
AI-4-QDs, 2019-2021, (295,000 Euro), acted as WP Lead and funded by the Italian Ministry of Foreign affairs (MAECI).
Dynamic Transformation of Perovskite Nanocrystals via In Situ Transmission Electron Microscopy, 2019-2020, acted as PI and funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.
Masked Cation Exchange Lithography. R. Krahne, K. Miszta, A. Toma, F. Greullet, S. Marras, M. Prato, M. Arciniegas, and L. Manna. United States patent number: US 10160906. Issued date: 25th of December 2015. Contribution: Evaluation of the mechanical properties of the nanocomposites via nanoindentation.mater