Isabel Díaz got her PhD in Chemistry in 2001 from UAM with Extraordinary Doctorate Award, with research leaves at University of St. Andrews (UK), Lund University (Sweden), and Tohoku University (Japan). She was a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Massachusetts and the University of Minnesota during 2002 and 2003. She was awarded the Royal Spanish Society of Chemistry Prize to Young Researchers in 2007. She is currently a Senior Researcher at Instituto de Catálisis y Petroleoquímica, ICP-CSIC in Madrid, Spain. She is also Adjunct Professor at the Chemistry Department of Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, were she was recruited as Full Professor for six years (2010-2016).
She has broadened her profile getting involved in Gender Equality activities including leader of the Gender Equality Unit at ICP-CSIC, coordinator (2021) of the network of the Gender Equality Unit CSIC Institutes at the UAM Campus in Madrid (10 centers). She was also external advisor of the Women in Science Unity of the Ministry of Science and Innovation (MICIN).
In June 2022 Dr. Díaz has been appointed Deputy Vice-president of International and Cooperation of CSIC.
Her main research areas are the synthesis and characterization of zeolites, mesoporous materials and hybrid systems for application in catalysis with special interest in Transmission Electron Microscopy studies. Recently, her interest has included the use of natural zeolites in the removal of fluoride and arsenic from drinking waters.