Congratulations to Dr. Katherine Villa, ICIQ Group Leader, and to Dr. Carla Casadevall, ICIQ Associate Researcher, who have received Young Researcher Awards from the of the Royal Spanish Society of Chemistry (RSEQ).
Dr. Katherine Villa, Group Leader at the Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ), part of the BIST Community, and Dr. Carla Casadevall, ICIQ Associate Researcher, have both received Young Researcher Awards from the of the Royal Spanish Society of Chemistry (RSEQ), in the category of group leader and postdoctoral researcher, respectively. The award recognises strong scientific achievements in the early stages of a research career.
Dr. Villa, who joined ICIQ in 2021, said she was honoured and humbled to receive the award. The scientist leads a research group on advanced photocatalytic materials for energy and environmental applications. Over the last two years, she has been successful in highly competitive grants, including an MSCA-COFUND-University of Padova, Beatriu de Pinós, la Caixa Junior Leader, Ramón y Cajal and ERC-StG 2022 for her project PhotoSwim. Throughout her scientific career, she has worked in eight research centres in four different countries: Colombia, Spain, Czech Republic, and Belgium.
Dr. Carla Casadevall, an Associate Researcher at ICIQ, has been recognised in the Postdoctoral Researcher category of the Young Researcher Award. Her research is focused on the development of biohybrid catalysts (interfacing materials with biologic counterparts) for sustainable fuel production at interfaces using water and CO2 as feedstock.
The ceremony of the awards will take place during the RSEQ Young Researchers Symposium in November.