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Liliana Romero Reséndiz

What is your current job / programme of study

Senior Marie Curie Research Fellow at Bournemouth University 

Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham 

Assistant Professor at the National Autonomous University of Mexico 

What A-Levels (or equivalent) did you do?  

I completed my BSc in Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, an MSc, and a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from Mexico. These qualifications are equivalent to undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in the UK educational system. 

Why did you chose a career in Materials Science and Engineering (MSE)? 

A high school teacher recognized my enthusiasm for metallurgy (the physical and chemical behavior of metals) and encouraged me to explore it further. After visiting a university offering this engineering program, I fell in love with it. 

What did you enjoy most about your MSE course? 

I am passionate about metallurgy and its crucial role in societal and technological progress. Seeing its applications in everything from aircraft to medical devices motivates me to work towards innovations that improve quality of life and create a better environment for everyone 

What is your research about?  

I develop new or improved metallic materials for safe, profitable, and ecological biomedical implants, biosafe (antimicrobial) structures, aircraft, or vehicles.  

What is the coolest thing you have done in your career so far?  

Patenting a new steel that is six times stronger, more flexible, and more durable than conventional steel, and also antimicrobial. This innovation can reduce metallic waste and prevent microbe-carried illnesses, potentially transforming public and clinical spaces. 

What do you see yourself doing in the future? 

Developing or improving different metallic materials for increasing the well-being of society.  

What is your favourite material (and why)?  

My favorite material is platinum because it is resistant to extreme conditions like corrosion and high temperatures. It also catalyzes important reactions, such as in water treatment. Plus, it looks gorgeous in jewelry! 

What advice would you give your 16 year old self? 

I would advise my 16-year-old self to never be afraid of trying new things, even if they seem difficult or uncertain. Always push yourself to break out of your comfort zone. 


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