Piedad N De Aza
Professor and Head of Materials Science, Optic and Electronic Technology Department
Miguel Hernandez de Elche University
Piedad N de Aza studied Chemistry at the Autonoma University of Madrid and Ceramic at the Santiago de Compostela University where she received her doctoral degree. She did a postdoctoral stage at the IRC in Biomaterials at the Queen Mary & Wetsfield College, University of London (U.K.) working on in vitro and in vivo behavior of bioceramics. At this moment, she is the Head of the Materials Science, Optic and Electronic Technology Department, Professor of Materials Science and Metallurgical Engineering and Researcher in the Bioengineering Institute at the Miguel Hernandez de Elche University.
My line of research is based on designed and developing new polycrystalline biomaterials with controlled microstructures making use of appropriated phase equilibrium diagrams and to study, a part of their physical properties, their behavior in vitro (sterm cells) and in vivo (bioactivity in rats and dogs). Actually, main emphasis is putting on the tissue engineering field study of the tissue-ceramic implant interfaces by using SEM-EDX, TEM and HRTEM with EDS and micro-Raman spectroscopy.