UKRI Fellowship for Carla Perez Martinez

Trinity Junior Research Fellow in Chemistry Carla Perez Martinez has been named a Future Leaders Fellow. She is one of 78 researchers to receive the government funding dedicated to supporting work at the cutting edge of scientific discovery.

The fellowship, worth more than £1 million, will allow Dr Perez Martinez to become a principal investigator at the London Centre for Nanotechnology at University College London, where she will take up a post in January 2020.

Dr Perez Martinez’s current research at Oxford looks at the effects of electric fields of liquids under confinement. Her fellowship will fund a project titled “Ionic Liquids for Subtractive and Additive Nanomanufacturing,’ which will investigate how a novel type of chemical compounds, called ionic liquids, can be used to treat materials. Her ultimate goal is to develop machines using the chemical advantages of ionic liquids to achieve faster manufacturing at the micro and nanoscale. These machines should benefit the production of microprocessors used in our cell phones, as well as investigations in biology, material science and engineering.

Dr Perez Martinez says: ‘I am very grateful for my Junior Research Fellowship at Trinity. It was another fellow, Justin Wark, who first told me about this fellowship at the SCR lunch, and I am certain that having a JRF helped with my fellowship application. I also had the unconditional support and advice of Professor Susan Perkin, my direct supervisor and fellow/tutor of Trinity College.’

Funded by UK Research and Innovation, £78 million in government funding will be given in this round to recipients of the Future Leader Fellowships. Professor Sir Mark Walport, UK Research and Innovation’s Chief Executive, said: ‘The Future Leaders Fellowships will enable the most promising researchers and innovators to become leaders in their fields, working on subjects as diverse as climate change, dementia and quantum computing.’

Published: 17 October 2019

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