Dr. Patricia Horcajada
Senior Researcher & Head of Unit
Complutense University of Madrid. Madrid. Spain
Synthesis and characterization of porous materials (porous coordination polymers and inorganic solids), development of multifunctional composite materials and adapted shaping into specific devices
She is the Head of the Advanced Porous Materials Unit at IMDEA Energy.
Patricia Horcajada has been involved in the material field, more precisely in porous solids, for more than 15 years. She has conducted research on all major aspects of this field (synthesis and characterization of porous materials, shaping, adsorption, etc).
With an unconventional and multidisciplinary scientific background (Pharmacy BCs, 2001 and Material Science Ph.D, 2005), she joined the Institut Lavoisier (Versailles, France), firstly as a postdoctoral researcher and later, in 2007, as civil servant researcher of the French Scientific Research Council (CNRS) initiating a totally new field, the biomedical application of Metal-Organic frameworks (MOFs). Then, within the frame of a “Ramon y Cajal” contract, she has been appointed in February 2016 as Senior Researcher in IMDEA Energy, heading the Unit of Advanced Porous Materials, which deals with the development of new multifunctional materials for strategic applications (energy, environment and health, among others).
Awarded with the Miguel Catalán Prize (2016) and the CNRS Scientific Excellence Prize (2011-2014), she has authored 5 book chapters, 8 patents and >110 publications. With a H-Index of 43, the scientific quality and interest of her research is evidenced by the publication of ~ 70 articles in high-impact journals (IF>4), the important number of citations (> 10200; ~ 1300 citations/year in the last four years) and 19 articles cited more than 100 times (Web of Science, Sept. 2017).
Her large frame of National and International collaborations has made possible to be involved in 32 highly multidisciplinary projects (24 National, 4 European and 4 International) and 5 industrial contracts, coordinating 1 International, 1 European and 9 National projects, as well as 1 industrial contract.
She has also supervised students at different levels: 6 PhD (+3 in progress), 19 postdocs (9 have got a permanent position either in academia or industry), 13 MSc and 29 graduated and undergraduated students.