The Spanish-born chemist started her professorship for material synthesis at Saarland University in 2015. Her team investigates the interaction between materials and cells and the implications for biomedical research. Simultaneously, she became the second scientific director at the Leibniz Institute for New Materials INM, and she also teaches chemistry at Saarland University.
Aránzazu del Campo studied chemistry at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid. She received her doctorate in 2000 at the Instituto de CyT de Polímeros, also in Madrid. Following her post-doctoral work at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz, and at the University of Urbino in Italy, she had her own research group at the Max Planck Institute for Metals Research in Stuttgart. From 2007 to 2008, she led the Functional Surfaces program at the INM. Since 2009, she has worked as a Minerva research group leader at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz, where she led the Dynamic Biointerfaces research group. In the future, she will intensify the research in the key topic Medical Surfaces at the INM.
Del Campo has been recognized several times for her scientific work: She held the Marie Curie Fellowship of the European Commission, the Minerva Fellowship of the Max Planck Society, and she was the award-winner of the medical technology innovation competition of the BMBF, the German Federal Government's science ministry.