Dr. Beatriz Mingo graduated in Chemistry (2011), completed her Masters in Materials Science Technology (2012) and defended her PhD thesis (2016) at the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM, Spain) for which she received the Extraordinary Doctorate Award. During her PhD she studied different strategies to improve the corrosion resistance of light alloys. In 2013 the British-Spanish Society granted her a scholarship to complete her academic training in cutting edge 3D characterisation techniques at The University of Manchester, where she also took part in the EPSRC founded project LATEST2, studying the efficiency of anodising of Al–Cu model alloys at low potentials. She also carried out two research stays at the Helmholtz Zentrum Geesthacht (2015 and 2016) in the Corrosion and Surface Technology Group, where she learnt the fundamentals of active protection, with the development of self-healing coatings based on layered double hydroxides formed on aluminium based composites. In 2017 she was awarded with the Humboldt Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral and in 2018 she obtained the Presidential Fellowship at The University of Manchester.
Her research has resulted in 25 SCI journal publications and 20 contributions to conferences. She is also a reviewer for international journals such as Applied Surface Science, Surface and Coatings Technology and MDPI journals (Materials and Applied Sciences). In 2016, the European Federation of Corrosion awarded her with the Eurocorr Young Scientist Grant, which is aimed at promoting knowledge exchange between young and international senior scientists. In 2017 she won the regional Young Persons’ Lecture Competition organised by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (UK) and represented the North West of England & North Wales at the national finals in London.
Besides research, she is particularly keen on education. In 2014, while doing her PhD, she obtained a Master's degree in Teacher Training in Secondary and Upper Secondary Education, which she complemented with teaching activities. She has been a teaching assistant for four academic years with more than 200 hours of experience in the courses Introduction to Materials Science and Metallurgy (UCM). Additionally, from 2012 to 2016 she was the Masters and PhD students' representative for the Materials Science department representing the students’ best interests at the University Complutense of Madrid.