Mª Luz Rodriguez

Prof. María Luz Rodríguez Méndez

Chair of Inorganic Chemistry

Dpt. Inorganic Chemistry

Engineers School

University of Valladolid

Paseo del Cauce , 59

47011 Valladolid

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María Luz Rodríguez-Méndez was born in Madrid (Spain). She received the degree in Chemistry from the  University Complutense of Madrid (Spain) in 1984 and the Ph.D  in Chemistry from the University of Valladolid (Spain) in 1990. In 1992 she obtained a postdoctoral position at the University of Windsor (Canada) where she started her work in the field of sensors. In 1993-94 she completed her  postdoctoral period with several stages in European Universities (Grenoble-France, Pisa-Italy, Lecce-Italy; Potsdam-Germany), where she started her work in the development of arrays of sensors and their application to the analysis of foods.

In 1996 she obtained a permanent professor position at the University of Valladolid and in 2011 she has obtained the  Chair of Inorganic Chemistry  at the Industrial Engineers School of the University of Valladolid. During these years she has coordinated national and international projects dedicated to the development of electronic noses and electronic tongues to the analysis of foods, with special attention to the analysis of olive oils and wines. At the present moment she is involved in several funded Projects devoted to the development of an electronic tongue  based on nanostructured biosensors for the characterisation of wines and olive oils, and to the assessment of their antioxidant potential.

In 2004 our group described  a novel type of electronic tongue based on voltammetric sensors chemically modified with electroactive and electrocatalytic materials that has demonstrated a superior capability of discrimination. Since then, the system has been continuously improved and successfully applied to the analysis of wines (i.e detection of fraudulences, use of ships during ageing, etc.). The success of the system is demonstrated by the high number of cites of these works.

She is author or co-author of over 120 publications, four books and three patents in the field.  She also participates regularly in international conferences where she has presented 15 invited talks. Her research has been financed by national organisms (Science ministry, Education ministry) the European Commission and by industrial companies interested in the analysis of foods.

Regarding her international interests, she has been invited professor in several European Universities where she has carried out teaching and research activities. The visited centres included U. Lecce (Italy), U. Firenze (Italy),  Potsdam (Germany), Metz (France), Paris (France), Clermont-Ferrand (France)  Dijon (France) among others. She has also collaborated with other non European Universities including U. Dallas.(USA); U. Moscow (Russia), U. Windsor (Canada), U. Sao Paulo (Brasil). It is particularly remarkable her commitment to strength the scientific relationships between Spain and Brazil: she founded the Chair Brazil University of Valladolid and she has been the head of the Chair from its creation to May 2011.

She has participated in UE funded projects of the IV, V, VI and VII FP (Craft, IP, or NoE). She is a member of the International Steering committee of the European Conference on Organised Films (ECOF) and Foro del Vino. She has been member of the organising committee of the International Symposium on Electronic noses (ISOEN).

She speaks fluently Spanish (mother tongue), English, French and Italian


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