Every story has a beginning, mine started an afternoon in December 1989 in my home town, Madrid (Spain), where I grew up. Chemistry fascinated me when I was in hight school. Hence, years later I studied chemistry at the Faculty of Chemical Sciences of the Complutense University of Madrid. In 2012 I completed with honors my BSc in Chemistry. Passionate about history, teaching and communication of chemistry, I was trained in science education, history of science and science communication in several universities. 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 as a science educator under the supervision of Prof. M. Araceli Calvo-Pascual at the Faculty of Teacher Training and Education of the Autonomous University of Madrid, where I acquired my first PhD in Science Education 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. In 2020 I obtained my second PhD in History and Social Studies of Science, Medicine and Science Communication with a second dissertation on the history of science education in the early 20th century Spain.
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 chemistry laboratory work. In 2016 I obtained the Spanish Royal Societies of Physics and Chemistry Didactics and History Group Grant for graduates of the MEd in Science Education and 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). This grants and fellowships allowed me to gain the necessary skills for my work in history and didactics of science.
As a result of my multi- and interdisciplinary training, I am a chemist, science educator and historian of science specializing in history and didactics of chemistry.
I am passionately devoted to doing research, teaching and disseminating at the University of València and the López Piñero Inter-University of Science Studies, where I work as an Associate Lecturer in History of Science. Previously, I worked as an Excellence Postdoctoral Research Fellow of the Government of Mexico at the Education Research Department of the Centre of Research and Advanced Studies (DIE-Cinvestav) in Mexico City (2019).
As a researcher, my work tries to bridge history of science and science education with an especial focus on the history and didactics of chemistry. 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, invited talks and conference papers.
Enthusiastic about teaching, 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. I also claim that science is an integral part of our culture. This is why I perceived social communication of history of science as a key task. 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.