Adela Muñoz Páez
Universidad de Sevilla, España
Adela Muñoz-Páez was born in La Carolina, Spain, 1958. She obtained a chemistry degree at the University of Sevilla, where she presented her Ph.D. thesis devoted to the study of heterogeneous catalysts in 1988. During her postdoctoral stay, carried out at the Technological University of Eindhoven (The Netherlands) and the Synchrotron Radiation Source (SRS) at Daresbury Laboratory (Great Britain), she specialized in the application of X-ray Absorption spectroscopies to the study of the structure of disordered systems. Later on she applied this technique to solve the structure of solid and dissolved species, being responsible of research projects at XAS stations of synchrotron radiation sources in Great Britain, France and Japan. She has been involved in the design of a XAS station in the Spanish synchrotron radiation source ALBA, located in Barcelona. She has published the outcome of her research work in more than 70 papers published in leading international journals as Journal of the American Chemical Society, Chemistry, an European Journal, Journal of Physical Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Physical Review B or Chemistry of Materials. She obtained a permanent position at the Department of Inorganic Chemistry, at the University of Seville in 1991, where she got a full professorship in 2010. She has been working in research centers such as the European Synchrotron Radiation Source Facility, ESRF, (Grenoble, France) or the Material Sciences department, at Oxford University (GB). In the last years she devotes part of her time to write and give talks about women scientist, having published more than 30 papers about them in journal and magazines. She has one son and one daughter and has published her first book in 2012 entitled “The history of poison. From hemlock to polonium”.