María Concepción Gutiérrez is a Tenured Scientist at the Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid (ICMM-CSIC), Spain. In 1996, she received a BSc Degree in Chemistry at the University of Granada (UGR) and, after that, a MSc Degree in Organic Chemistry (1997). In 2001, she obtained her PhD in Organic Chemistry (working on the Use of Microbiological Transformations in Organic Synthesis) also from the UGR.
From 2001 to 2003, she was working in the Group “Biocatalysis and Fine Chemistry” (UMR-CNRS 6111) associated to both the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and the Université de la Méditerranée at Marseille (France). Herein and supervised by Prof. Furstoss, she participated in two European projects from the Fourth and the Fifth Framework Programme (BIO4-CT98-0267, BIOMEX QLK3-2001-00403) focused on New Methodologies of Biocatalysis.
In 2004, she joined to the Group of Bioinspired Materials (GBM) at the ICMM-CSIC. Her research interest is the development of new methods and strategies (based on bioinspired approaches) for the synthesis and preparation of materials with tailored structures for applications in Biotechnology. Methodologies based on the use of ice as template for material segregation to induced self-assembly (ISISA process) or different approaches based on the use of eutectic mixtures (deep eutectic solvents, DES) that can act as all-in-one solvent-template-reactant systems allowing to prepare hierarchical and multifunctional materials of well different nature have focused her research work. Nowadays, she is also working in the development of safe and eco-friendly electrolytes capable of widening the operational voltage window at wide temperature and providing high power and energy density.She has co-authored over 100 scientific papers.