Dra. Castro obtained her Degree in Chemistry in the “Universidad Autónoma de Madrid” (UAM) on July 1997. On September 1998, she obtained her PhD thesis in the Ceramic and Glass Institute (CSIC) within the European BRITE BE-97-5111 project.
Her expertise is the design, synthesis and deposition of sol-gel dense coatings for corrosion protection of metals, including different metallic substrates and functionalities, as bioactivation of metals used in orthopaedic prosthesis and self-healing protection of light alloys high temperature.
She leads a sol-gel research line in the ICV Glass Department based on mesostructured glass-ceramic materials obtained by sol-gel. The main applications of these materials include photocatalytic behavior of mesostructured coatings and membranes with high protonic conductivity.
She earned two awards, more than 65 papers, including 3 patents. She has supervised more than 20 students, between master’s students and undergraduate and 2 PhD theses. At the moment she supervises 2 PhD theses. She has a wide experience in European projects and she has participated in more than 50 congresses and currently participates as professor in three masters.