Dr Anabel Lanterna is Assistant Professor in the School of Chemistry, University of Nottingham, UK. She was born and raised in Laguna Larga, Argentina, and obtained her degree in chemistry from the National University of Córdoba. While there, she was awarded a prestigious PhD fellowship from the Argentinean National Research Council to pursue her graduate studies, focusing on the synthesis and manipulation of gold nanoparticles. Her studies included stints at the University of Johannesburg (South Africa) and the University of Valencia (Spain), where she became interested in photochemistry.
Fascinated by the idea of using light to induce chemical reactions, Anabel moved to a postdoc in Canada with Professor Juan Scaiano, where she developed her expertise in heterogeneous photocatalysis. Motivated by her interests in sustainable chemistry, Anabel established international collaborations to develop inexpensive and reusable catalysts for water purification and green hydrogen generation.
Her scientific contributions in the fields of photochemistry and materials science were recognised by the Inter-American Photochemistry Society (2017 Closs Postdoctoral Award) and the Chemical Institute of Canada (2018). In 2020, Anabel was appointed Assistant Professor at the University of Nottingham where she focuses on the rational design of heterogeneous photocatalysts based on earth-abundant, inexpensive, and stable materials for applications in sustainable chemistry and green hydrogen generation.