Short CV/Education and training

University studies and degrees:

  • 1973 – 1974
    First two years of Lic. in Physics, Faculty of Science, University of Chile, Santiago-Chile. [1974 Dec – 76 March: political prisoner of Chile's military government. Never came to trial]

  • 1976 – 1979
    BSc (Hons.) in Physics, University of Southampton, UK

  • 1979 – 1983
    PhD in Physics, University of Manchester, UK

Previous appointments:

  • 1983 – 1984
    Physics Department, PD researcher in Prof R A Stradling's group, University of St Andrews, UK

  • 1984 – 1987
    "New Blood" Lectureship in Physics, Tenure in August 1987, Physics Department, University of St Andrews, UK

  • 1987 – 1994
    Lecturer in Electronics and Electrical Engineering, Tenured, University of Glasgow, UK (Maternity Leave: 06.11.89 – 09.03.90)

  • 1994 – 1996
    Senior Lecturer in Electronics and Electrical Engineering, Tenured, University of Glasgow, UK

  • 1996 – 2004
    Professor of Materials Science in Electrical Engineering (C4), University of Wuppertal, Germany

  • 2003 – 2004
    Six-month Visiting Professorship at the University Paul Sabatier followed by a six-month stay as an invited CNRS researcher also at the University Paul Sabatier

  • 2004 – 2008
    Research Professor, University College Cork and Tyndall National Institute

  • 2007 – 2012
    Adjunct Professor, Physics Dept., Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona

Present appointment:

  • Since 2008
    ICREA1 Research Professor, Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology ICN2

  • 2013 – 2015
    Visiting Professor at the School of ICT, Royal Institute of Technology KTH, Sweden (20%)

Selected publications



Complete list of publications

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Additional interests

  • Contributing to the work of decision-making and steering bodies affecting scientific research, public and private affairs, to contribute the experience gained so far, to widen expertise and to overcome women's under representation.


Soft Skills

  • Married, one daughter

  • Parental leave: November 1989 – March 1990


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