Dr Esther Punzón Quijorna

Marie Curie Post-Doctoral FellowE-mail:

Esther Punzón Quijorna is PhD in Physics from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM), Spain. She was awarded a scholarship by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation for a PhD in the program of "Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology", at Applied Physics Department and Center for Micro Analysis of Materials (CMAM), both at UAM. She finished her PhD in 2015 working in the development of biofunctional patterns, by ion implantation, on Porous Silicon (PSi) and Titanium Nitride (TiN), as platforms to study the response of human mesenchymal cells. Throughout her PhD, she gained expertise on ion beam techniques for modification (ion implantation) and characterization (EBS, Channeling, etc.). During her period as PhD student, she was trainee at the Nanobiosciences Unit from Institute for Health and Consumer Protection, Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission, in Ispra (Italy).

In 2018, she was awarded a Marie Curie post-doctoral individual fellowship to study the effects of prosthesis failures into the human tissue, by exploring the distribution and quantification of metallic debris by Particle Induced X-ray Emission (PIXE) at Department of Low and Medium Energy Physics F2 (MIC) at the Jožef Stefan Institute.


  • Degree in Physics (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM), Science Faculty, 2009)
  • MsC on Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology (UAM, 2010)
  • PhD in Physics (UAM, 2015)


  Traineeship at the Department of Physics and Engineering of Surfaces.

  • May 2009-Sep. 2009: Spanish Center of Biomedical Research in Bioengineering, Biomaterials and Nanomedicine (Ciber-bbn https://www.ciber-bbn.es/en

  Data acquisition technician at the research group (BITE-UAM).

  • Sep. 2009- Dec. 2015: Applied Physics Department and Centre for Micro Analysis of Materials (CMAM) at “Universidad Autónoma de Madrid” (UAM), Spain.

  https://www.uam.es/Ciencias/FisicaAplicada?language=en; https://www.cmam.uam.es/en

PhD student granted by the Spanish Government.


 Traineeship at Nanobioscience Unit.

  • June 2018- May 2020: Jožef Stefan Institute (JSI), Slovenia. Department of Low and Medium Energy Physics F2. Marie Skłodowska-Curie post-doctoral fellowship No. 799182. Project titled: “TissueMaps. Elemental imaging of human tissue: clinical therapy support and development of new diagnostics”.

Field of work

  • Ion Beam Analysis and Modification of Materials (IBA) and (IBMM)
  • Biomaterials
  • Interdisciplinary (Physics-Medicine) project experience

Other projects


  • “Diseño de patrones por haces de iones en materiales para aplicaciones optoelectrónicas y biofuncionales. preparación y caracterización con haces de iones” (Ion beam patterning of materials for optoelectronic applications and biofunctionalization). (MAT 2008-06858-C02-01). Funding entity: Ministry of Science and Innovation (Spanish Government). Participating entities: Applied Physics Department (UAM), Centre for Micro Analysis of Materials (CMAM), Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de (ICMM-CSIC). Duration: January 2009- December 2011. Main researcher: Aurelio Climent Font.
  • - “NANOscafolds for the re-implantation of detached RETINA (NanoRetina)”. Funding entity: CIBERbbn. Duration: January 2010 - December 2011. Main researcher: Miguel Manso Silván.
  • - “Biosensores basados en matrices nanoporosas biofuncionalizadas mediante anclaje y deposición asistida por plasma” (Nanoporous matrix based biosensors biofunctionalized by anchoring and plasma assisted deposition). Funding entity: Fundación Domingo Martínez. Duration: February 2010- February 2012. Main researcher: Miguel Manso Silván.
  • - “La explosión de coulomb: una nueva sonda para el estudio de la interacción de partículas atómicas” (Coulomb explosion: a new probe for the study of the interaction of atomic particles). Funding entity: Programa: “Creación y Consolidación de Grupos de Investigación de la UAM CAM-UAM”. Participating entities: Applied Physic Department (UAM). Duration: January 2010 – December 2010. Main researcher: David Martín y Marero.
  • - “Producción de patrones con haces iónicos en materiales para aplicaciones biomédicas y fotónicas” (Pattern fabrication with ion beam in materials for photonic and biomedical applications) (MAT 2011-28345-C02-01). Funding entity: Ministry of Science and Innovation. Duration: January 2012 – December 2012.