The Future of Thermoplastic Composites


Dr. Luisa Medina graduated as a chemist at the University Autónoma of Madrid (Spain) in 1995. From 1997 to 2002 she worked at the University of Applied Sciences Kaiserslautern, in the Department of Polymer Technology. From there she moved to the Institute for Composite Materials, where she was employed from 2002 to 2008 as a research assistant in the department processing technology and gained her doctoral degree at the same time. The main focus of the research was on natural fibers as reinforcement in composite materials. After the graduation, Ms. Medina worked at Faurecia Innenraum Systeme in the department "Pole of Competence" as a team leader in the field of natural fibers. The task of her team was the global support of all projects where natural fiber materials were used (from acquisition to production). In October 2011, Dr. Medina returned to the Institute for Composite Materials, where she is employed as group leader and, as such, responsible for compression molding and bio-based composites in the field of processing technology.