Yolanda de Miguel
Nanotechnology Cluser Leader, TECNALIA
Following my academic studies at Imperial College and the University of Cambridge, where I carried out my B.Sc., Ph.D. and postdoctoral research in Chemistry, I was awarded a highly prestigious Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship. At the same time, I was appointed as Fellow at Newnham College Cambridge. This early success allowed me to secure a full-time position as University Lecturer in Chemistry at the University of London, where I continued my successful scientific research career. Personal circumstances and my keen interest in technology prompted me to move to a Spanish Technological Centre in Spain, where I am now working. My current position is as the Nanotechnology Cluster Leader at TECNALIA. In this non-profit RTD institution, I have gained experience in technology transfer mechanisms and have been able to work closely with high-tech industrial partners from different sectors, mainly within the frame of EU projects; such as SAPHIR aimed at developing the “Nano Factory of the Future” and the ECO- SEE project (http://www.eco-see.eu/). My current expertise is in the field of nanomaterials, including synthesis and functionalization of nanoparticles, nanostructured coatings, organic-inorganic hybrid materials and photocatalysis. In addition to a large number of publications and having directed a total of 7 PhD theses, I also hold 4 patent applications related to my nanotechnology-related research work and I have been involved in the creation of a spin-off company aimed at exploiting one of these patents.