Research keywords: hybrid and biohybrid materials, clay-based functional materials, bionanocomposites, carbon-clay nanocomposites, sepiolite based nanoarchitectures, waste removal.
She got a FPI predoctoral fellowship to carry out her Ph.D. at the Materials Science Institute of Madrid (CSIC), obtaining in 1991 her Diploma from the Complutense University of Madrid. She made short stages at the École National Superieur de Chimie de Montpellier (France) in 1990 and at the University of Aberdeen (UK) in 1991. She was postdoctoral Fellow at the Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO (USA) from 1992-1994. In 1994, she joined the Carlos III University in Madrid as Assistant Professor (1994–1997) until she moved to the ICMM-CSIC after obtained a Tenured Scientist position.
Since 2018 she leader the “Nanostructured Hybrid, Biohybrid and Porous Materials” Group, working on chemistry of materials to produce advanced organic-inorganic hybrids & biohybrid materials using natural resources such as clays and biomass. She has been recognized for her research with an Accesit to the 1993 W. F. Bradley Award granted by AIPEA, and 3 times by the CSIC in its Annual Ceremony to Honor its Research Personnel (2007, 2009 & 2017) for her participation in various international awarded scientific contributions (e.g. Award of the Academy of Sciences of Cuba in Biomedical Sciences 2016).
She is currently Vice-President of the Spanish Clays Society (SEA) and its Liaison at the COSCE & Councilor of the Clay Minerals Society. She is Co-Editor-in-Chief of Recent Patents on Nanotechnology, Associate Editor of Applied Clay Sciences and Advisory Editor of Clay Science. She has been very active in the organization of numerous events, acting as Vice-chair of the 5th Materials Discussion of the RSC, General Secretary of the 2010 Trilateral Meeting on Clay Minerals sponsored by the American, Japanese and Spanish Clay Societies, and currently chair the organization of the first Clay Meeting of the AIPEA to be held in Madrid in 2027.