People

Permanent Staff

Julio Guzmán Perote
Professor

Julio Guzmán born in Huelva, Spain, in September 1945, is Research Professor at the Institute of Polymer Science and Technology (CSIC) since 1987. He received his PhD at the Universidad Complutense of Madrid in 1972 and after three years working at a chemical industry, he incorporated to the Institute of Polymer Science and Technology (ICTP-CSIC). The main interests of his research along these years were dedicated to the study of configurational, mechanical and dielectric properties of polymers, kinetics of polymerization and molecular and ion  transport in polymeric membranes. He has supervised 11PhD Thesis and published more than 170 articles in high impact journals such a Macromolecules, Journal of Polymer Science, Journal of Physical Chemistry, etc.

María del Mar López González
Tenured scientist

Mar López is currently Tenured Research (2002) at the Physical Chemistry Department of the Institute of Polymer Science and Technology (ICTP) of CSIC in Madrid. She received her PhD in Organic Chemistry from the Universidad Complutense of Madrid in 1986. After making successive postdoctoral stages she was Control Chief of Hutchinson Industrias del Caucho S.A. She has published more than 60 papers in high impact journals and maintains effective collaboration with several national and foreign Universities. Her research interest are focused on the synthesis and characterization of porous materials like metal-organic frameworks with potential interest in gas storage and the development and gas transport studies of new mixed-matrix membranes made by these nanofillers and a polymer matrix; synthesis of ion-exchange membranes that can be used as electrolytes in fuel cells and the study of the conductivity and electrochemical properties; simulation of the solubility and diffusion of ions and gases in membranes using the Transition States Approach (TSA) and a Widom method.

Nuria García García
Tenured scientist

Nuria García is a researcher from the CSIC since 2009 and works at the Physical Chemistry Department of the Institute of Polymer Science and Technology (ICTP-CSIC). Her research activities are focused mainly on the surface modification of inorganic particles and organic fibres to disperse them in polymer matrices aiming the design of functional materials, such as superhydrophobic coatings, ionic conductive materials, plasmonic plastics, dielectrics, gas barrier composites, etc. In the last five years, she has published 20 articles in high impact journals within the polymer and material science fields, she is co-author of 24 communications to national and international scientific conferences, co-inventor of a licensed patent, and supervisor of a PhD thesis. During this time, she has been also involved in four national projects and in four contracts with companies and companies’ consortiums. She is member of the governing board of the Regional Section of the Spanish Royal Chemical Society and Editor in-Chief of the Journal of Modern Plastics, edited in the ICTP for more than 60 years.

Pilar Tiemblo Magro
Tenured scientist

Pilar Tiemblo is since 2004 Tenured Scientist at the Institute of Polymer Science and Technology, ICTP, belonging to the CSIC, Spanish National Research Council. She has published over 80 Research Papers, participated in numerous Research Projects, National and European Projects and Industrial Contracts. The role and control of surfaces and interfaces are among her major interests. In the last decade her research has been mainly devoted to the design and development of tailored polymer-based materials with specific properties, where nanofillers functionalized at HEMPOL play a major role in imparting target functionalities.  Current topics are nanocomposite electrical insulators, gas transport membranes, solid extrudable polymer electrolytes, superhydrophobic polymer and water repellent conjugated polymers, together with nanocomposite electrical insulators.

Contract Staff

Aranzazu Martínez Gómez
Research Associate

Aránzazu Martínez Gómez studied Chemistry at the University of Alcalá and received her Ph.D. (2003) working at the Institute of Polymer Science and Technology (ICTP-CSIC) under the direction of Dr. Antonio Bello and Dr. Ernesto Pérez. The topic of her Thesis was “Poliésteres y polioxetanos termotrópicos. Síntesis, propiedades térmicas, mecánicas y fenómenos de orientación”. From 2005 to 2008 she worked as a post-doc (Juan de Cierva post-doctoral position) in the ETS Industrial Engineering of the Polytechnic University of Madrid (ETSSI-UPM). The research was supervised by Dra. Cristina Álvarez and was mainly focused on the preparation of blends and nanocomposites based on polyolefinic matrices. Then, she returned to the ICTP and worked on the synthesis and characterization of new homopolymers and copolymers with liquid crystalline properties in the group of Dra. Mª Luisa Cerrada. In 2010, she joined the Polycondensation and Polymer Membranes group, working in the preparation of new condensation polymers with applications as semipermeable membranes for water purification and gas separation. In 2013-2014 she has worked under the supervision of Dr. Ernesto Pérez on the preparation of smectic liquid crystalline networks with shape memory behaviour.

Mario Hoyos Núñez
Marie curie fellow

Mario Hoyos was born in Madrid, Spain in 1979, studied Chemistry at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. In 2004 joined the Institute of Science and Technology (ICTP-CSIC) where studied the Master of Advanced Specialization in Plastics and Rubber and performed his European PhD. work, obtaining his doctorate in 2008. He was awarded in 2009 with the second prize for the best PhD. thesis defended on Polymer Science by the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry (RSEQ). After two postdoctoral stages in Italy and USA, he joined back in 2012 the ICTP-CSIC and since 2013 he is a Marie Curie Fellow. He is author of 28 SCI papers, 2 book chapters, co-inventor of a licensed patent and he is co-author of 22 communications to national and international scientific conferences. His current interest focus on synthesis of semiconductor hybrid and nanostructured materials and non-wettable electronics.

Students

Claudia Bermúdez Padrón
Student intern

Claudia Bermúdez Padrón was born in Málaga, Spain in 1993. She studied Engineering in Industrial Design and Product Development at the Polytechnic School of the University of Málaga; she obtained her degree in 2016. In 2014 she performed an Erasmus mobility period of one year in Horsens, Denmark, at VIA University College where she obtained her Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering and she developed and presented her final degree project titled “Geothermal energy heat pump to provide hot water and heating system” applied to the real case of “Building Tomorrow House of VIA” in Horsens, Denmark. Currently she studies the Official Master in High Specialization in Plastics and Rubber from the International University Menéndez Pelayo in collaboration with the Institute of Polymer Science and Technology (ICTP-CSIC) performing her final master project about  “Preparation and Applications of Hydrophobic and/or Oleophobic Surfaces” under the supervision of Nuria García. 

Francisco José González
PhD. student

Francisco was born in the city of San Luis Potosí, in Mexico in 1990. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí in 2013. During his university studies, he performed the synthesis of different kinds of nanomaterials such as metallic, magnetic and organic nanoparticles. From 2013 to 2015, he studied his Master’s Degree on Nanosciences and Materials in the Instituto Potosino de Investigación Científica y Tecnológica (IPICYT), where he researched the chemical oxidative polymerization of different polyalkylenedioxythiophene molecules. During that period, he performed a short internship in ICTP-CSIC with this research group, developing the organic synthesis and polymerization of 3,4-propylenedioxythiophene (PRODOT). Recently, he has been granted the CONACYT-SENER Energetic Sustainability scholarship, to perform his Ph.D. in Spain, with the objective of the development of new energy storage materials, cheap and flexible, based on polymers and cellulose substrates.

Technical Staff

Enrique Blázquez Blázquez
Research assistant. Collaboration I+D+i

Enrique Blázquez Blázquez studied Chemistry at the University of the Basque Country in San Sebastian. He joined the Department of Physical Chemistry at the Institute of Polymer Science and Technology (ICTP) in Madrid where he is currently working as Specialist of R&D. Among the tasks he performs is the analysis and identification of additives in polymer matrices. For this analytical analysis a gas chromatography mass spectrometry (GC-MS) and an infrared spectroscopy ATR are employed. He is proficient managing other techniques as differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and mechanical testing for characterization of polyolefin.

Visitors

Laura della Giovanna
Postdoc

Laura della Giovanna. PhD. student at Università degli Studi di Genova, Italy. Dipartimento di Ingegneria Elettrica (DIE), Laboratory CMTEST. 
Laura was born in Genova on 27 April 1986. She received BEng in electrical engineering in 2009 with the final project “Electrical characterization of enamelled wires for rotating machines”; the skills achieved are electrical aging tests and partial discharges effects. She achieved the Msc in electrical engineering automation and energy in 2011 with a final project on “Polymeric nanocomposites for electrical insulation: design and characterization”. The skills obtained are focused on nanocomposites materials design and characterization chemically physically and electrically, she performed aging studies and surface partial discharges analysis. In 2012, she began Ph.D. studies at University of Genova. Her research activity is focused on the development and characterization of insulating electrical materials and nanocomposite multiphasic polymers. In Genova she performs electrical aging tests and electrical treeing tests to evaluate the behaviour of the materials carrying out partial discharges measurements. She helps as a consultant to plan aging campaigns to characterize electrically materials and electrical elements.