Group Leader: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Paola Ayala

Paola Ayala leads the group Tailored Hybrid Structures embedded at Electronic Properties of Materials. From 2011 to 2015 she held the Berta Karlik Professorship and holds now an appointment as Associate Professor at the University of Vienna.  Ayala worked previously at the IFW-Dresden (Germany), PUC-Rio (Brasil) and Aalto University K(Finland). She has received important awards like an EU-Marie-Curie-Fellowship, the Matilde-Hidalgo Science Prize 2017, the Future Leader recognition of the S&T Society Forum 2012 (Kyoto-Japan), the Prometeo Grant, . Also grants from the DAAD (Germany), CNPq (Brasil) and CIAM (USA-Mexico-Brasil). She was appointed as inaugural dean for Physics and Nanotechnology of the ambitious scientific Latin-American Yachay-Tech University 2015-17). Paola is the team leader the Austrian team of the Working group of Women in Physics (IUPAP) and serves as Specialist Committee Member in Physics of the Georg Foster Program (Humboldt Foundation-Germany), as Review Board member of the Panel Catalytic Materials/Surface Science (Elettra Synchrotron/ Italy) and is part of the Editorial Board, “Carbon Trends” (Elsevier- The Netherlands).