• University of Huddersfield
    Queensgate
    Huddersfield
    HD1 3DH

    United Kingdom

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Biography

Sandra graduated with honours from the University of Basque country (Spain) in 2015, having completed her chemistry degree with a minor in polymer science. During her degree, she worked as an Undergraduate Research Assistant at the University synthesising graphene-silver nanohybrids and analysing its anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties. She was also granted a scholarship to work as a researcher in the University of Texas at Austin for a period of 6 months with Professor Akinwande, where she was able to fabricate a novel 2D material, phosphorene, for microelectronics application. After her degree she was awarded the Santander scholarship to work in CIDETEC research center (Spain) in the development of single chain polymers and their application in drug delivery. After this, she was granted a KESS studentship to conduct her PhD with Dr. Bertoncello at Swansea University, developing nanocomposite materials for sensing applications and detection of food analytes and illicit drugs. In 2019, she started as a Postdoctoral researcher at ERSI building in Swansea University, working in the carbon capture and utilisation field in collaboration with multiple Welsh industries. She has participated in multiple international conferences and projects; and in 2020 she got awarded the Global Wales International Research Mobility Fund to facilitate research opportunities with the University of Alicante (Spain). Currently, Sandra is a Lecturer in Forensic Science in the Department of Chemical Science at University of Huddersfield.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Nanotechonology
  • Electrochemistry
  • Toxicology
  • Carbon
  • 2D Materials
  • Thin Films

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