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Maria Teresa Fernández-Argüelles

Staff Researcher


Maria Teresa Fernandez-Argüelles got her BSc. degree in Analytical Chemistry at the University of Oviedo in 2002. After doing a Master's Thesis there, she joined the “Analytical Spectrometry Research Group” and she obtained her European Ph.D. in Chemistry in May 2008 in the “Analytical Spectrometry” Research Group, which was awarded with the Extraordinary Doctorate Prize of the University of Oviedo, the San Alberto Magno Doctoral Thesis Award of the Official College of Chemists from Asturias and Leon, and the Thesis Award of the Spanish Applied Spectroscopy Society (SEA).

During this period, she worked on the synthesis, characterization and application for analytical purposes of colloidal Quantum Dots, and did several pre-doctoral research stays in different prestigious laboratories at the University of Granada, at the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering (IBBME, University of Toronto) and at the Center for Nanoscience (Ludwig Maximilians Universität, Munich, Germany).

While finishing her PhD, she won a Lecturer position at the University of Oviedo (2007-2013). During this period, she combined her teaching duties with the research at the University of Oviedo and also did postdoctoral research stays at the University of East Anglia (2009-2010, United Kingdom), and in the Integrated Nanotechnology & Biomedical Sciences Laboratory, at the Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research, University of Toronto (2013, Canada). In this last stage she got experience on the use of GNPs to develop a Poin-Of-Care platform for genetic detection of pathogens.

She recently joined INL on January 1st as a Staff Researcher in the area of Smart labels for food packaging. Her interests at the moment are related to the detection of food-borne pathogens and toxins using gold nanoparticles and quantum dots.

Selected publications

1. Influence of Mn2+ concentration on Mn2+-doped ZnS quantum dot synthesis: evaluation of the structural and photoluminescent properties E. Sotelo-Gonzalez, L. Roces, S. Garcia-Granda, M.T. Fernandez-Arguelles, J.M. Costa-Fernandez, A. Sanz-Medel. Nanoscale, 5 (19) (2013) 9156-9161.

2. Entrapment of quantum dots in sol-gel matrices to develop sensing material based on fluorescence resonance energy transfer. A. M. Coto-García, M.T. Fernández-Argüelles, J.M. Costa-Fernandez, A. Sanz-Medel. Chemical Communications, 36 (2009) 5454-5456.

3. Elemental mass spectrometry: a powerful tool for an accurate characterisation at elemental level of quantum dots. A.R. Montoro, J.Ruiz, M.T. Fernandez-Arguelles, J.M. Costa-Fernandez, A. Sanz-Medel. Chemical Communications, 21 (2009) 3107-3109.