Belén Begines Ruiz

Postdoctoral research fellow in the Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing Research Group at the University of Nottingham, UK

I started my career doing a Chemistry Degree at the University of Seville (Spain) from 2000 to 2005. In the next two academic years, I did two Masters, one in Pharmaceutical and Food Industry (2006-2007) and the other in Advanced Studies in Chemistry (2007-2008), both at the University of Seville. In July 2007, I got a fellowship from the Spanish Government to do my PhD in Organic Chemistry under the supervision of Prof. Juan A. Galbis and Dr. Francisca Zamora, also at the University of Seville. I got my doctorate degree in 2011 with a thesis called "Synthesis of new potentially biodegradable polyurethanes and polyureas, derived from easily affordable carbohydrates".

In August 2004, during my undergraduate, I decided to open my own café, in which I also worked as a waitress. From July 2007 I was combining my job at the café with my PhD. In February 2011 I got pregnant, so I decided to close the café, what I did in June. In September the same year I got my doctorate degree. From October 2011 to May 2012 I was on maternity leave. From June 2012 to March 2014, I joined my former group as a Postdoctoral Researcher, working in the synthesis of new polyurethanes derived from sugars for biomedical applications. In April 2014 I moved to Nottingham (UK) as a Research Fellow in the 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing Research Group, based at the University of Nottingham, where I still find myself.

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