My training: From chemistry to history, didactics and communication of science
I was born in Madrid (Spain) in 1989. After studying in public shools, where chemistry fascinated me, I studied
chemistry at the Faculty of Chemical Science of the Complutense University of Madrid. In 2012 I completed my BSc in Chemistry (with Honors). Then, I obtained a MEd in Science Education from the
Complutense University of Madrid (2013), a Posgraduate Certificate in Dissemination and Science Culture from the University of Oviedo and the Organization of Ibero-American States for Education, Science and Culture (2013) and an MPhil in History of Science and Science Communication from the
University of València, the University of Alicante and the Miguel Hernández University (2016, Extraordinary Prize).
I was trained in science education under the supervision of Prof. M. Araceli Calvo-Pascual at the Faculty of Teacher Training and Education of the Autonomous University of Madrid, when I acquired my first PhD in Science Education (Summa Cum Laude) in 2017 with a (first) dissertation on the history of chemistry in education. My training as a historian of science was developed at the López Piñero Institute for the History of Medicine and Science (current López Piñero Inter-University Institute for Science Studies in Valencia, Spain) with Prof. José Ramón Bertomeu-Sánchez and Prof. Josep Simon as supervisors. I obtained my second PhD in History of Science and Science Communication (submitted) with a (second) dissertation on the history of science education in the early 20th century Spain trough the biography of science educator and historian of chemistry Modesto Bargalló.
During my training, I obtained several grants, fellowships and recognitions. As an undergraduate student, I received the
Excellence Fellowships of the Government of Madrid (2007-2011) and a Collaboration Fellowship of the Spanish Ministry of Education (2011-2012). Thanks to these fellowships, I was able to get a
first-hand impression of the analytical and inorganic chemistry laboratory work. In 2016 I won the Catalan Society for the History of Science and Technology Award for my MPhil Thesis in History
of Science and Science Communication. As a posgraduate student, I had a grant of the Autonomous University of Madrid Library of Education (2016-2017) and a Juanelo Turriano Foundation Fellowship
for PhD Dissertation on the History of Science (2017-2019). These grants allowed me to be trained in the historical and educational research work.
My work: Between research, teaching and outreach
As a chemist, historian of science, science educator and science communicator, my work is mostly focused on the history,
didactics and communication of chemistry. My career dwells in the borderlands between research, teaching and disseminating.
Currently I do research at the López Piñero Inter-University Institute for Science Studies in Valencia (Spain). Previously, I
worked as an Excellence Postdoctoral Fellow of the Government of Mexico at the Education Research Department of the Centre of Research and Advanced Studies in Mexico City (2019). As a researcher,
my work tries to bridge history of science and science education, mostly chemistry history and education. My research work focuses on the history of science education (especially, 20th century
chemistry education) and the didactic role of the history of chemistry in the current teaching context (focusing on the Nature of Science approach). This work has resulted in several
publications, conference papers and invited talks.
Passionate about teaching, I work as an Associate Lecturer in History of Science at the University of València. I teach History of Chemistry and other History of Science courses in several BSc programs. I have also worked as an invited lecturer in several Secondary Education teacher training courses. In fact, I started my teaching career as a Physics and Chemistry Secondary Education teacher in a high school devoted to the inclusion of students with hearing impairment.
I strongly believe that dissemination is an important part of my work. Hence, I write in several science and culture websites and magazines. I have my own blog at the Spanish edition of Scientific American magazine. I also edit Ciencia en las aulas (1800-2000), a blog of the López Piñero Inter-University Institute. Besides, I write in Principia and Principia Magazines. I have also curated several exhibitions on science history and education.
I am a member of the board team of the Didactics and History Group of the Spanish Royal Societies of Physics and Chemistry and deputy of Spanish representation of the European Chemical Society Chemistry Education Division. I am also a member of the teaching committee of the Catalan Society for the History of Science and Technology and collaborator of the Educational Change for Social Justice research group of the Autonomous University of Madrid.