Dr. Alicia Gonzalo Martín, has received the Margarita Salas Research Award 2021 for her doctoral thesis carried out at the Institute for Optoelectronic Systems and Microtechnology (ISOM) of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. The thesis was carried out in the PhD program in Electronic Systems Engineering (ETSIT) and supervised by the ISOM researcher and professor at the Materials Science Department (ETSICCP) Dr. Jose Maria Ulloa.

The Madrid City Council, in its interest to promote scientific research in the city of Madrid, has launched in this year 2021 the first call for the Margarita Salas Research Awards.

The Margarita Salas Research Awards are called in memory of one of the most important Spanish scientists who, in addition, carried out a great work as a trainer of scientists. These awards, with a 6.000 € cash prize, are intended to highlight the best doctoral theses defended in the last two years at universities based in the Community of Madrid. The scientific excellence of the work, its innovative character and the practical applications of the research, among others, are valued.

The Margarita Salas Research Awards are organized in two categories: ‘Life Sciences’ (medicine, biology and environment) and ‘Basic Sciences’ (physics, chemistry and mathematics).

Basic sciences category

Best thesis award: Alicia Gonzalo Martín, “Structures based on GaAs(Sb)(N) semiconductor alloys for high-efficiency multi-junction solar cells”.

Second prize: Alberto Garrido Castro, “Photo- and organo-catalytic strategies for the preparation of nitrogen compounds”.

Life sciences category

Best thesis award: José Bonafont Arago, “Protocols based on gene editing for ex vivo correction of recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa”.

Second prize: David García Mato, “Optimization of the treatment of craniosynostosis: virtual planning, 3D photography and surgical navigation”.


You can watch the video of the awards gala on La Nave’s Youtube channel.