Dr Veronica Sanchez-Romaguera, Lecturer

Veronica Sanchez-Romaguera

As for November 2013, Veronica is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Enterprise and Sustainability, in the Alliance Manchester Business School (AMBS). She holds a PhD in Chemistry and a PG Certificate in Higher Education Enterprise from The University of Manchester, a MSc in Physical Bio-Inorganic Chemistry from Leiden University in The Netherlands and, a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry (Analytical Chemistry) from the University of Valencia in Spain.

Veronica’s experience includes technology development in collaboration with universities and industrial partners. She worked for 5 years as Research Associate at the Organic Materials Innovation Centre (OMIC) based at the University of Manchester. She was involved in a very wide variety of national and European multidisciplinary research projects as well as new product development feasibility studies for various companies (e.g. BP, Eastman Chemicals, etc). Her work primarily focused on formulation and inkjet printing of functional materials for the manufacture of low-cost electronic applications on plastics, paper and textiles. Applications include: TFTs, PVs, tattoo RFIDs and sensors. During that time she also completed a 1 year MEDICI Enterprise Fellowship Programme led by the University of Birmingham Business School. Programme designed to equip researchers and academics with knowledge and skills to commercialise academic research and foster productive academia-business-industry collaborations. In collaboration with academic and industry partners she secured over 1.3M worth of research grants, including £800K EPSRC Research Infrastructure award to establish the Manchester Centre Digital Fabrication. She was also one of the contributors to the European Technology Roadmap for Digital Fabrication published in 2014. One of her most innovative projects involved developing the first graphene water-based inkjet ink which resulted in a patent application (WO2015GB50225). Upon her appointment as lecturer at AMBS, this pioneering work was taken over by a PhD student currently based at the School of Chemistry, work which resulted in further 2D-materials water based inkjet inks and further patent applications. Furthermore, in 2015, the team was awarded the prestigious £50,000 2015 Eli and Britt Harari Enterprise award, in association with Sir Andre Geim, for a business proposal to establish new graphene enterprise in at The University of Manchester. ThInk2D Ltd was established in 2015 and Veronica sits on the advisory board of the company. In 2016, ThInk2D Ltd. was shortlisted among 200 applications to pitch at the Emerging Technologies Competition organised by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). The commercial potential of these pioneering inks has attracted substantial industrial funding to enable the manufacture of a very wide range of graphene-based applications. Commercialisation routes are currently being explored by The University of Manchester Intellectual Property (UMIP).

Veronica also has experience of technology development in industry. After a period of consultancy for Nanoco Technologies Ltd, in 2009 she joint the company full-time as Senior Scientist. She worked on the development of electronic products (PVs, LEDs) based on Cadmium-Free Quantum Dots (CFQDs) materials. She pioneered the first large area flexible CFQDs films for displays and lighting applications.

Her teaching curriculum includes: Chemistry and Industry, Enterprise and Innovation for Scientists, Interdisciplinary Sustainable Development, Corporate Social Responsibility, Ethics in Engineering and Innovation and Commercialisation of Research. In 2007, in collaboration with Xennia Ltd., Veronica co-developed and co-delivered the practical session of The Inkjet Academy, a 4 day intensive course part of IMI Europe CPD training portfolio for the inkjet industry. In 2014, she piloted the first ‘Innovation and Commercialisation of Research’ 3 day workshop for PGRs and Knowledge Exchange Fellows at The University of Manchester. Workshop that the Manchester Enterprise Centre delivers since. In 2015, she was part of the team that received the ‘Making a Difference Award for Social Responsibility’, a commendation award by The University of Manchester for an outstanding contribution and dedication to integrate Environmental, Economic, Social and Ethical Sustainability in the university curriculum.

She is a reviewer for the Journal of Microwaves, Antennas and Propagation.

She is a member of various professional bodies: i) the Royal Society of Chemistry, ii) the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE) and iii) Enterprise Educators UK. She is also an associate member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). Further to this, she is also a member of various networks and university committees: i) various UK Knowledge Transfer Networks, ii)  the Women in Science, Engineering and Technology (WISET) network, iii) the University of Manchester Enterprise Programme Teaching Committee and iv) the University of Manchester Embedding Sustainability in the Curriculum committee.