Postdoctoral Researcher, 2018 – Present
María has a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Carlos III of Madrid. Her doctoral program received Quality Certification by ANECA (The National Agency for Quality Assessment and Accreditation of Spain). She developed her experimental work at the Renewable Energy Research Institute in the Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) section under the supervision of Dr. Jesús Canales Vázquez and Dr Juan Carlos Ruiz Morales. Her duties were focused on synthesis and chemical and electrochemical characterisation of new materials based on A-side substituted Strontium titanates oxides for their application in SOFC anode. Moreover, she studied the effect of the vacancies in A position from both microstructural and electrochemical point of view.
In 2017, María took up a Research Fellowship at the University of Birmingham in the Centre for Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Research with Prof. Robert Steinbergen-Wilkens. She was involved in two European projects, SCoReD 2.0 and Heatstack, as well as participated in Balance project. This job has allowed her to gain experience with coating materials for interconnect component in SOFC systems, understanding of degradation in CAPH (Cathode Hair Pre-heater) and understanding of Electrolysis Cells/Reversible Cells respectively.
María has joined the JTSI group in September 2018. She is involved in the EPSRC funded project “Emergent Nanomaterials”. Her line of research is focused on synthesis and microstructural characterisation of new compositions to understand the nature of the exsolution process, as well as carry out their electrochemical characterisation.