Ms Castaño has a Masters Degree in Chemistry (1984), Degree in Science of Materials and Metallurgical Engineer (2002) and specialist in Management of Public Policies in Scientific, Technical Research and Innovation (2008).
She is currently the Director of the Energy Department of the Center for Energy, Environmental and Technological Research (CIEMAT), a key Department within CIEMAT. She is also a member of the group of experts group "the 100 of COTEC" for the objective of sustainable development: Affordable and non-polluting energy, member of the Commission for the development of the National Energy Security Strategy and she has been selected as one of the 300 Spanish leaders of the 1st Climate Change and Innovation Summit of the Advanced Leadership Foundation.
Previously, she was Director General for Innovation and Competitiveness at the Ministry of Economic and Competitiveness (2013-2016) and Deputy General Director for Public Private Partnerships (2008-2013) at the Ministry of Science and Innovation. The mains highlights during this period: Design and Implementation of instruments to strengthen research and innovation for Public-Private Cooperation, to develop the Innovative Public Procurement and to coordinate research and innovation activities with regional governments.
Initially, she was working at CIEMAT (1986-2005) becoming chief of the Unit of Corrosion, at Nuclear Power Plants in the Division of Structural Materials. She was involved in several research projects related to Corrosion of Nuclear Material, operating the CIEMAT experimental facilities for corrosion testing at high pressure and high temperature. Maria Luisa Castaño has participated in several events organized by Women in Nuclear Spain, and in the Spanish Nuclear Society, where she contributed with her vision and knowledge about the participation of women in science and technology. She promotes the presence of women in different activities and she is mother, wife and professional.