New members of the IMDEA Materials Institute team – June 2024

Every month, we welcome new members of the IMDEA Materials team. Here, you can find a short profile of our most recent additions, including their upcoming role with IMDEA Materials and their educational and professional background.
Dr. Jesús Jiménez

My name is Jesús Jiménez and I am from Ávila (Spain). My undergraduate studies were in Chemistry at the University of Salamanca (USAL), followed by a Master’s degree in Materials Science at the University of Alicante (UA), and finally a PhD in Technologies for Nanosystems, Bioengineering, and Energy at the University Rovira I Virgili (URV) in Tarragona (Spain).

I have been working as a researcher for the last 8 years. First, at the Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ) in Tarragona (Spain) to complete my PhD. During the past four years, I have worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Italian Institute of Technology in Milan (Italy). During my research career, my research interests lay in the study of the optoelectronic properties of semiconductor materials, both for their application in solar cells and in LEDs.

Now, I have decided to focus my career in management. So, I have just joined IMDEA Materials’ Projects and Technology Office to work as Pre-award Project Manager, where I will work on proposal preparation, searching for new funding opportunities or project management.

During my free time, I like to spend time with my family and friends. In addition, I am passionate about photography, enjoy hiking and like to play football.

Dr. Chenying Shi

My name is Chenying Shi, a Ph.D. graduate in Material Science & Engineering from Central South University in China.

My doctoral research focused on the calculation of phase diagrams and in the investigation of thermodynamics and kinetics of copper alloys through the combination of experiments and modelling.

Recently, I joined as a Postdoctoral researcher in the DFT phase diagrams group led by Prof. Javier LLorca.

My current research focuses on developing a hybrid strategy – based on the combination of first principles calculations and CALculation of PHAse Diagrams (CALPHAD) methodology – for the accurate determination of the phase diagrams of MultiPrincipal Element Alloys.

Preethi Ramesh

I’m Preethi Ramesh Narayan, a predoctoral researcher in Materials Science and Engineering at the UC3M. I come from a Physics background with a Master’s degree from the Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Germany.

During this period, my research focussed on theoretical nano plasmonics which introduced me to different avenues. One such is the versatile field of metamaterials, which connects me to my current research at the IMDEA Materials as part of Dr. Johan Christensen’s PhonoMeta group. We work on the topological properties of mechanical metamaterials.

In my free time, I enjoy watching anime and gaming streams of my friends.

Paulo Silva

Profile to come.