María Teresa Pérez Prado

Sustainable metallurgy

María Teresa Pérez Prado is a Senior Scientist and has been the Head of the Sustainable Metallurgy group at IMDEA Materials Institute since 2008. She was Head of Department between 2014 and 2017 and Deputy Director of the Institute between 2017 and 2021. From 2018 to 2022, Teresa coordinated the programme on Structural Materials at the Spanish National Science Foundation. Her research focuses on the development of advanced metals for a greener world. She is passionate about contributing to the training of future leaders and about creating value for society from science-based innovations. She was included in the Stanford list of world´s top 2% scientists (Ioannidis et al. PLoS Biol, 2020,2021).

Dr. Pérez-Prado got a PhD in Physics at the Complutense University in Madrid in 1998 and an MBA at INSEAD, France, in 2008. After a 2-year postdoctoral stay at the University of California in San Diego, USA, she joined the National Center for Metals Research (Madrid, Spain) in 2001, where she worked as a tenure-track fellow until she was granted a Tenured Scientist position in 2004. Dr. Pérez-Prado has coauthored 140 papers (h 45, ≈8000 citations (Google Scholar)), 1 book (Elsevier, 2004) and 3 patents. Teresa belongs to the Scientific Council of the Nomaten Center of Excellence (Poland), the IRT Jules Verne (France), the Henry Royce Institute (UK), and the European Space Agency (ESA).


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Dr. Pérez-Prado´s expertise consists on linking the composition, processing, microstructure, and properties of metals to optimize alloy design for advanced manufacturing, sustainable transport, energy and biomedical applications. 

  • 2008- Senior Scientist and Head, Sustainable Metallurgy group, IMDEA Materials Institute.
  • 2018-2022 Manager, Structural Materials Programme, Spanish National Science Foundation
  • 2017- 2021 Deputy Director, IMDEA Materials Institute.
  • 2014- 2017 Department Head, IMDEA Materials Institute.
  • 2004-2007 Visiting Research Assistant Professor, University of Southern California, LA, USA
  • 2004-2007 Tenured Scientist, Ramón y Cajal fellow, Spanish Center for Metals Research (CENIM)
  • 2001-2004 Tenure-track, Ramón y Cajal fellow, Spanish Center for Metals Research (CENIM)
  • 1998-2000 Research Associate, University of California, San Diego, USA
  • 2020,2021- Stanford list of 2% world´s best scientists (career category).
  • 2020 – Brahm Prakash Chair Professorship, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India
  • 2015 –  Member, TMS Light Metals Division, The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society, EEUU.
  • 2009 PI3 fellowship (€130K) of the Madrid Regional Government, Spain.
  • 2008 Lister-Vickery Trophy, 1st Prize winner of the 16th INSEAD Comitel Business Venture Competition (Solitonik), France.
  • 2007 Caja Madrid fellowship (€62K/1 year) of the Caja Madrid Foundation, Spain.
  • 2006 Visiting scholar (Marina Bueno grant, CSIC) at the Max Planck Institute, Stuttgart, Germany.
  • 2001-2004 “Ramón y Cajal Fellowship from the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science”
  • 1996-1998 Visiting scholar, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California, USA.
  • 1994 FPI PhD fellowship, Spanish Ministry of Education and Science (4 year grant).
  • 1994 Visiting scholar (IAESTE fellowship), University of Chemnitz, Germany.
  • 1993 “Introduction to research” fellowship, Spanish Ministry of Education and Science.
  • 1992 Award to academic excellence, Faculty of Physics, Complutense University, Madrid, Spain.
  • 2021 – Member of the International Advisory Board, Henry Royce Institute, UK.
  • 2020 – Member of the International Advisory Board, European Space Agency.
  • 2019 – Member of the Scientific Council, Fundación Gadea Ciencia, Spain.
  • 2018 – Program Manager of Structural Materials, Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación, Spain.
  • 2018 – Member of the Scientific Board of NOMATEN Center of Excelence, Poland.
  • 2018 – Member of the Scientific Board of IRT Jules Verne, France.
  • 2017 – 2021 Board member of SOCIEMAT (Spanish Society for Materials)