Big Science for the Small World


  • Cristina E. Hoppe Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata


In these strange days of confinement and health emergency, the quality of Argentine Science stands as a strong, comforting light even for those who had never been seduced by scientific research before. And it is like a paradox that the invisible, the small, the nanometric, attracts our attention even more than the big world, showing that, oftentimes, what is essential is (certainly!) invisible to eyes.

Author Biography

Cristina E. Hoppe, Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata

Cristina E. Hoppe was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1975. She graduated in Chemistry (2000) at the University of Mar del Plata (UNMdP, Argentina), where she also received her Ph.D. in Materials Science (2004) working on polymer dispersed liquid crystals (PDLC) under the supervision of Prof. Roberto J. J. Williams (Institute of Materials Science and Technology, INTEMA, UNMdP/ CONICET). In 2004, she was awarded a Postdoctoral Antorchas fellowship and she moved to the University of Santiago de Compostela (Nanotechnology and Magnetism group), Spain, where she worked with Prof. Arturo López Quintela in the synthesis and characterization of metal and oxide nanoparticles. After one year, she was awarded a Marie Curie European Postdoctoral Fellowship (International Incoming Fellowship, 6th framework Programme) to work in the arrangement of nanoparticles in polymer multiphasic systems. She returned to Argentina in December 2007, and she is currently working at INTEMA (Nanostructured Polymers Group) as staff researcher (independent researcher, CONICET). She has been in charge of several research projects in the field of polymer materials and nanomaterials. She has participated as the national representative for the country in international cooperation official missions to USA, Portugal, Italy, Mexico and South Africa in the framework of I+D cooperation agreements in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. Her main research interests are in relation with the design and application of functional polymers and nanocomposites.