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Dr.Beatriz Lucio

Position: 
Postdoctoral Researcher
PhD: 
University of Basque Country. Spain
Research: 
Advanced materials for concentrating solar Technologies
E-mail: 
beatriz.lucio@imdea.org
Short Bio: 

Beatriz received a B.S. degree in Chemistry from the University of Basque Country (UPV/EHU, Biscay) in 2008. Her main goals have been process kinetics, thermochemistry, and studies concerning the structure-properties relationship of materials. On top of her studies and research, she has supervised the research activities of students as well as taught and trained others. Her work is framed in national and international projects, including services for companies. It can be summarized in several theses and technical reports which have been submitted in papers and presented in congresses.

After obtaining her Bachelor’s degree, she spent two years in the steel industry with Tecnalia Research and Innovation (Biscay) in the application of nanotechnology. At the same time, she focused on the study of bulk metallic glasses for her M.S. thesis in Engineering of Advanced Materials with Specialization in Ceramic and Metal Materials (UPV/EHU, Biscay, 2008-9). Additionally, she was a researcher-in-training at the University of Virginia (UVA, Charlottesville, USA) to widen her knowledge about advanced casting techniques. Afterwards, she continued specializing in Plastics and Rubbers with a second Master’s degree from Menendez Pelayo International University (UIMP, Madrid, 2010-11). At the Institute of Polymer Science and Technology of Spanish National Research Council (ICTP-CSIC, Madrid), she performed research on the development of nanostructured composites for bio-sensors. Thanks to training grant funding on research by the Spanish Ministry of Defence, Beatriz carried out her predoctoral studies at the National Institute for Aerospace Technics (INTA, Madrid). The topic of her dissertation was synthesis and characterization of functionalized thermoplastic elastomers for energetic materials. She obtained her Ph.D. in Applied Chemistry and Polymer Materials (UPV/EHU, Guipuzcoa), in which she was awarded Cum Laude (2016) and the Postgraduate Commission of UPV/EHU granted her the Extraordinary Doctoral Award (2018), as well. In 2017 she joined IMDEA Energy as a postdoctoral researcher, where she aims at developing thermal storage and fuel production systems, mainly based on metal oxides and encapsulated phase change materials, for concentrated solar power plants.