M. Fernández Valverde was born in Nueva Rosita Coahuila, Mexico. She
a Bachelor's degree in Industrial Chemistry from the University of
Coahuila, and was enrolled in a specialization course in Radiation
Chemistry and Radiochemistry, at the California University, at
Irvine. She has two PhD degrees: one in Nuclear Chemistry (1977), and
the other in Physics, Specializing in Materials, (1986). Both of
them are from The Louis Pasteur University, at Strasbourg, France.
the Nuclear Center of México in 1973, where she is working
presently. She participated in several projects related to chemical
changes produced by nuclear transformations and isotopic exchanges in
solids and liquids. At present, her research interests are:
development of a) materials for oxygen evolution and oxygen reduction
reactions, b) those which would be used as energy barriers in nuclear
waste storage, and c) hydrogen production by fermentation of organic
waste. The results of her research have been reported in
International Journals, Reports and Memory Congress (99) and, also in
congress presentations (105). She has been a Member of the Mexican
Academy of Sciences since 1999, and has been distinguished as a
Researcher of the Mexican National Research Systems since 1986.
was the first president of the Mexican Hydrogen Society
(1999) and Co-founder of The Mexican Association, in Strasbourg,
France (1986), and also of the Mexican Nuclear Society (1988). She
was also Co-founder of the PhD Degree Program in Ambient Engineering
(2001), in the Toluca Technological Institute (ITT) and as a
collaborator with ININ (Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones
Nucleares). Dr. Fernández-Valverde was the First President of the
Doctoral Staff until 2004, and after that she remained as member of
the Doctoral Staff until 2007. She
was a teacher at the UNAM (Universidad Autonóma de México), UAEMex
(Universidad autónoma del estado de México) and ITT.
M. Fernández V. has
been invited as researcher several times to the Laboratory of
Chemistry at Strasbourg, France, also in the Department of Advanced
Nuclear Heat Technology of the Japan Atomic Energy Research
Institute, and the Physics Department of the Orsay, Paris University.
Fernández-Valverde has been the recipient of several awards:
In 1977 the Hassinsky Award at the Centre National de la Recherche
Scientifique in Strasbourg; in May 1998 she was recognized as a
Distinguished Citizen in her home town, and two years later in her
State. In 2000, she also received the Antonio Alzate Medal, Award in
Sciences of the Mexico State; in 2001,
she received an award by the ININ at the International Women's Day.
In 2006, she received the Medal of Merit for Woman in Science of the
Coahuila State Congress.
She was elected by The Universal newspaper as one of the 91 women, 91
voices, in 2007.