Cristina Valles obtained her B.S. degree in physical chemistry at the Faculty of Sciences, University of Zaragoza, Spain, and received her Ph.D. degree in materials science in 2006. The thesis of her Ph.D. degree was the development of a controlled synthesis of carbon nanotubes by the chemical vapor deposition (CVD) method and the evaluation of their hydrogen storage capacity. As a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Centre de Recherche Paul Pascal (CRPP), CNRS, University of Bordeaux I, France (2007–2009), she developed a chemical method for the production of graphene in liquid phase through the exfoliation of graphite intercalation compounds. After that, she moved to the Instituto de Carboquimica, CSIC, Zaragoza, Spain (2009–2011), where she focused her research on the study of the chemistry of graphene and graphene oxide. Currently, Valles is working as a Researcher at the School of Materials, University of Manchester, UK. The focus of her current investigation is the use of graphene and graphene oxide as reinforcement filler in polymer matrices, as well as the study of the mechanical and thermal properties of graphene-based composites.
Biography Updated on 30 April 2013