Claudia C. Luhrs holds an appointment as an Associate Professor at the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA since April 2011. She was an Assistant Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at UNM 2008-2011. Before that Claudia had a Research Professor position in the same Department (since April 2007). Just before joining ME at UNM, she worked as a Staff Engineer for Intel Corporation (New Mexico site, F11X , 2005-2007). Prior to it C.C. Luhrs had a Visiting Research Professor position in the ChNE Department at UNM (2004-2005). Before coming to NM Claudia was a Tenure Professor at the Chemistry Department and was in charge of the TEM Lab at the University of Guadalajara, Mexico (1998-2004). C.C. Luhrs received her PhD degree from Autonomous University of Barcelona, while conducting research for her thesis at the Barcelona Materials Science Institute (1997, Spain).
Her research interests focus on nanostructured materials; novel synthetic pathways for their preparation (i.e. chemical and plasma/aerosol methodologies), characterization of their crystal structures, properties and reactivity. Her research has been centered mostly on ceramics but extended in recent years to the production of nanosized metal particles, and nano-scale ceramic/metal and metal/carbon composites. Application projects include the generation of thermally stable materials for catalysts, gas sensors, batteries, structural and high energy density nano-scale materials.
C.C. Luhrs has more than 13 years of experience teaching courses in a University environment and in Industry, at undergraduate and graduate levels in areas related to Materials Science with emphasis in nanosystems and devices. Some of those lectures are centered in materials preparation and characterization techniques while others were linked to transition metals chemistry, carbon nanostructures and plasma processes.