Dr. María Belén Muñoz Sánchez

Post Doc

 

Dr. María Belén Muñoz Sánchez
Dr. María Belén Muñoz Sánchez

Centro Joxe Mari Korta
Avenida de Tolosa, 72
20018 Donostia - San Sebastián
Spain

email: mariabelen.munoz@ehu.eus
Tel:+34 943 018475

Education

Belén Muñoz finished Chemical Engineering in 2008 at the University of Extremadura (Unex). In 2012, she obtained the Master in Scientific Research with specialization in Chemistry, MSc from the above mentioned university. During these years, she worked as a researcher in several Universities, Companies and Research Centers.

In June 2013, she started her PhD in Materials Engineering and Sustainable Processes in Tecnalia Research and Innovation in San Sebastian, which finished in 2017. Her work was done under the supervision of Dr. Javier Nieto Maestre from Tecnalia and Dr. Ane García Romero from the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU). Her research was in the field of thermal energy storage at high temperatures and involved the use of inorganic nanoparticles to improve the thermal properties of molten salts. Part of the PhD experimental work was done through stays in the University of Antofagasta, in Chile and in the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom.

She started her postdoctoral research in 2018 in the Faculty of Engineering of the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) in Bilbao, working with composites of phase change materials and metallic foams for domestic water applications. In December 2018, she joined Polymat as a postdoctoral researcher.

Research

She has extensive research experience in different fields. As final project in Chemical Engineering, she studied the imbibition process of alkanes with the tensioactive Triton X-100 in slilicon nitride. This work was developed in the University of Extremadura under the supervision of Dr. Luis Labajos Broncano.

She started her professional career in 2008 at EcoPhos, a research Belgian company which produces phosphoric acid according to an innovative green procedure. In 2009, she joined the R&D lab of Camacho Recycling, a glass recycling company where she developed composites including waste glass in building materials.

Between 2010 and 2012, she worked at INTROMAC, a Technological Centre where she pursued research to include new additives (slags, reused tyres, anticorrosion) in cement-based materials. In 2012, she performed a detailed study about the use of waste tyres as aggregates in mortars as part of her MSc final project.

During the doctoral studies in Tecnalia (2013-2017), her research was focused on thermal energy storage materials for high temperatures with application in the thermosolar industry.

In the first postdoctoral position, she studied the effect on thermal conductivity of the addition of metal foams to phase change materials.

Her current research topics at POLYMAT are the development of advanced polymeric films including fluorescent nanoparticles and the use of the electrospinning technique to obtain nanofibers from waterborne polymer solutions.


Polymerization Processes Group

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