Carmen received an MEng in Chemical Engineering from the University of Granada (Spain). After a few years working in Brussels, sitting on the executive board of the European Confederation of Junior Enterprises, she decided to undertake a PhD in Mechanical Engineering, graduating in 2008 from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. Her PhD work has driven the development of a novel technique for the engineering and tailoring of functionalities and geometries within solid polymeric foams via controlled ultrasonic irradiation.
Carmen was a Research Fellow at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, from 2008 until 2010. She then took up a lectureship position in Mechanical Engineering at Heriot-Watt University. Carmen joined the Wolfson School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at Loughborough University in April 2013 as a Senior Lecturer.
Carmen's research interest is in the manufacture of multifunctional materials, in particular porous materials whose internal architecture can be tailored to meet specific requirements (i.e., structural and bio-active materials). This enables her to collaborate with a broad spectrum of disciplines (e.g., bioengineers, computer modellers, mathematicians, food technologists, clinicians, materials scientists, etc.). Her research requires a very close contact with industry and she has attracted funding from public and private sources.
Main research projects:
- Generation of engineered multifunctional structures, tailored to specific applications in bioengineering and the food industry, via ultrasonic sonication
- Design and manufacture of medical devices
- Lightweight components manufacture for the automotive industry
Broad interests and expertise:
- Added functionality in materials and structures
- Materials and lightweight structures
- Medical and orthopaedic applications and devices
- Bioengineering and scaffolds for medical applications
- Packaging and sacrificial structures
- Architecture and design; intelligent materials for buildings
- Elimination and control of hazardous substances
- Use of renewable, biodegradable materials
- Acoustic applications for the manipulation and manufacture of materials
- Embedded Intelligence in products and systems
Current teaching responsibilities
Carmen always ensures her students get exposed to very hands-on activities, where they can practise the theory and learn by doing.