Mª Elena Moreno Atahonero

Dra. Mª Elena Moreno Atahonero, Post-doctoral fellow at the Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid (ICMM, CSIC).

Research interests:

  • Experimental Astrophysics. Study of the chemistry of a variety of astronomical environments.
  • Study of heterogeneous processes in astrophysical and atmospheric ices.


  • Graduate in Chemistry. University of Castilla-La Mancha. (2006).
  • Advanced Studies Diploma (MSc aimed to acquire research capabilities). University of Castilla-La Mancha. Ciudad Real. (2008).
  • Predoctoral stay at Centre National de la Recherché Scientifique (CNRS), Institut de Combustion, Aérothermique, Réactivité et Environnement (ICARE). France (2008).
  • Predoctoral stay at Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Laboratoire des Matériaux, Surfaces et Procédés pour la Catalyse . France (2009).
  • Master in Occupational Risks Prevention (Industrial, Hygiene and Ergonomics specialization). Private Academic. (2010).
  • PhD at University of Castilla-La Mancha. (2011).
  • Researcher at University of Castilla-La Mancha. (2011-2012).
  • Post-doc at the Molecular Fluid Dynamics department in the Matter Structure Institute (IEM-CSIC). (2012-2015).
  • Post-doc at the Astrobiology Center associated to NASA astrobiology institute, INTA-CSIC. (2015-2016).
  • Post-doc at ICMM-CSIC, ERC Synergy “Nanocosmos” (2017-).


Teacher in the Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Biochemistry at University of Castilla-La Mancha. Subjects:

  • Thermodynamics and Kinetics.(2012)
  • Atmospheric pollution (2012)

Teaching assistant at University of Castilla-La Mancha in the following subjects:

  • Experimentation in Chemistry-Physics(2009/2010/2011)
  • Advanced Chemistry(2011)

ANECA accreditation 2014.

Selected publications:

“Using radio astronomical receivers for molecular spectroscopic characterization in astrochemical laboratory simulations: A proof of concept”. Astronomy & Astrophysics manuscript accepted September 21, 2017.

“Laboratory study of rate coefficients for H2O:He inelastic collisions between 20 and 120K”. The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series, 216:3 (8pp), 2015.

“The role of tropospheric ice surfaces in the elimination of the CFC substitute, trifluoroethanol”. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics. 14, 4425–4432, 2012.

“Contribution of the atmospheric chlorine reactions to the degradation of greenhouse gases: CFCs substitutes. Global Warming”. InTech. ISBN 978-953-307-428-3. 2011.

Member And Awards:

  • Member of committee of CAB seminars. INTA-CSIC. 2016.
  • Member of the Best Poster Award selection committee in the International Meeting on Atomic and Molecular Physics and Chemistry 2013.
  • The Honor Mention “How does chemistry help you be green?” by Environmental Science and Technology.
  • The Best Student Degree Prize by CCM. UCLM. 2006.