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Cristina Aragoncillo Abánades

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Cristina Aragoncillo obtained her Ph.D. degree (2002) from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM) under the supervision of Prof. Benito Alcaide and Prof. Pedro Almendros. She received the Prize for the best Doctoral Thesis in Synthetic Chemistry by the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry and the PhD award from UCM. After 2 years as a Marie-Curie postdoctoral fellow at the University of Bristol working with Professor Varinder K. Aggarwal, she came back to Madrid in May of 2005 at the Instituto de Química Orgánica General, CSIC, with an I3P grant. Later on, she was a Ramón y Cajal Researcher at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (January 2006-December 2010). She was appointed Associate Professor in 2011. Her research is focused on heterocyclic chemistry, asymmetric synthesis, allene chemistry, and metal-catalyzed coupling reactions.

Bellinda Benhamu

Bellinda Benhamú Salama

Current position:
Associate Professor

Curriculum & Projects:
Degree in Chemistry, Complutense University of Madrid (Spain)
Ph D in Organic Chemistry, Complutense University of Madrid (Spain), with honors
Predoctoral fellowship, Cambridge University (United Kingdom)
Postdoctoral fellowship, the Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel)
Assistant Professor, Organic Chemistry Department, Complutense University of Madrid (Spain)
Associate Professor, Organic Chemistry Department, Complutense University of Madrid (Spain)

Areas of interest: medicinal chemistry and chemical biology

Research lines: G protein-coupled receptors modulation (allosteric modulators, bivalent ligands, orphan receptors), anti-cancer agents, LRH-1 nuclear receptor as an anti-diabetes drug target, chemical probes for the identification of new therapeutic targets

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Carmen Atienza Castellanos

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Carmen Mª Atienza received her Bachelor degree from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM) and her PhD degree from Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM) working in photo-and electroactive systems based on [60]fullerene and in tetrathiafulvalene (TTF) under the supervision of Profs Nazario Martín and Carlos Seoane. She subsequently carried out posdoctoral researches (2005-2007) at Lehrstuhl für Physikalische Chemie I in Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg with Prof. Dirk Guldi and at Universidad de Castilla la Mancha with Prof Julián Rodríguez López. In 2007, she returned to UCM, initially, as a visiting profesor, later as Juan de la Cierva and Ramón y Cajal researcher until she was appointed Associate Professor in 2018. Her research interest include the synthesis and study of ordered n-/p-functional materials


Ángeles Canales

Angeles Canales studied chemistry at Autónoma University of Madrid and received his Ph. D. in 2005 under the guidance of Prof. Jesús Jiménez Barbero. In 2006 she joined the pharmaceutical company ROVI S.A. where she worked in the Research and Development Department during three years. In 2009, she moved back to academia as “Ramón y Cajal researcher” working at Complutense University of Madrid. In 2015 she obtained an associate professor position at Complutense University.

Her research is focus on the study of molecular recognition processes by using NMR spectroscopy and in the development of new NMR methodologies to study complex molecules by using paramagnetic metals.

Angeles Canales
Luis Casarrubios

Luis Casarrubios

Born in Madrid, Luis got his Bachelor degree in Chemistry in 1991 (UCM) and his PhD in 1995 (Cum laude and UCM Thesis award). After a postdoct stay in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with prof. M. Brookhart he joined the Universidad San Pablo CEU in Madrid as an assistant professor in 1997 where he worked until 2002. Luis then moved to the pharmaceutical industry for almost four years (Eli Lilly, Spain) and in January 2006 he returned to the university as a Ramon y Cajal Researcher being part of the Bioorganometallic chemistry group.


Research along these years has been centered in multiple areas: Fischer Complexes chemistry, catalysis, Pauson-Khand reaction, metathesis, medicinal chemistry, scale up processes and is actually centered in bioorganometallic chemistry.

Aurelio Csaky

Aurelio G. Csákÿ

Aurelio G. Csákÿ received his Ph. D. from Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM) under the supervision of Prof. J. Plumet. He has carried out stays at the EHICS (Strasbourg, France) in the group of Prof. A. Solladié and at the EPFL (Lausanne, Switzerland) in the group of Prof. P. Vogel before starting his independent carrier. He is currently Full Professor of Organic Chemistry at UCM and Head of the Instituto Pluridisciplinar UCM. His research interests include stereochemistry, catalysis and the development of new synthetic methods towards pharmaceutically active compounds.

Salvatore Filippone

Salvatore Filippone 

Salvatore Filippone is an associate professor at UCM.

He obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Pavia and he spent two postdoctoral years at ENS of Paris. Since 2002, he has been working at UCM in the group of “Organic Molecular Materials”. His research interests span from the asymmetric synthesis to the organic devices with a particular emphasis for the chemistry of Fullerenes.


David García Fresnadillo

David earned his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry in 1996, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, UCM, Spain. He performed several research stays with Profs. A. M. Braun and E. Oliveros (Engler-Bunte Institüt, University of Karlsruhe, Germany), working on singlet oxygen photosensitization with Ru(II) complexes. Stay at the Laboratory of Water Analysis in 1997 (Geological and Mining Institute of Spain, Madrid). Research and Teaching Assistant at UCM between 1998 and 2002. Postdoctoral researcher in 1999 with Prof. A. Kirsch-DeMesmaeker (Free University of Brussels, Belgium), where he studied the photophysics and photochemistry of DNA oligonucleotides labelled with luminescent Ru(II) complexes as molecular photoprobes and phototools for DNA. In 2003 he became Assistant Professor at UCM and started to develop singlet oxygen photosensitizing materials for environmental and biomedical applications. In 2009, he was promoted to his present tenured position of Associate Professor of Organic Chemistry in the Department of Organic Chemistry, Faculty of Chemical Sciences, UCM. In 2010 he joined the Organic Molecular Materials research group led by Prof. Nazario Martín ( His current research interests are focused on the synthesis, structural and photophysical characterization of carbon nanostructures with the aim of developing applications in the fields of photochemistry and photobiology.

His areas of expertise include the photophysical and photochemical characterization of excited states in homogeneous and (micro/nano)heterogeneous media, the study of photoinduced energy and electron transfer processes, singlet oxygen photosensitization, photooxidation reactions, photodynamic inactivation of microorganisms, solar reactors for water disinfection and decontamination, phototools, photoprobes, optical sensors, and photochemistry of organic molecular materials and applications thereof.

He is a Member of the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry (RSEQ), RSEQ’s Group of Photochemistry, the European Photochemistry Association, and the European Society for Photobiology, and has published several papers, reviews and book chapters in the fields of chemical dyes and materials for optical sensors and singlet oxygen photosensitization. He has supervised several awarded research projects for young researchers and several UCM projects on Innovation and Improvement of Teaching Quality between 2005 and 2009 (Vice-Rectorate for Quality Assessment). He is the author of four books and many communications to conferences published in this field. 

 List of selected recent publications:

Research Articles and Reviews

1) Exploring BODIPY Derivatives as Singlet Oxygen Photosensitizers for PDT. Photochem. Photobiol. 2020. Review. DOI: 10.1111/php.13232.

2) π‑Extended corannulene-based nanographenes: Selective formation of negative curvature. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2018, 140, 17188-17196. DOI: 10.1021/jacs.8b09992.

3) Singlet oxygen photosensitizing materials for point‐of‐use water disinfection with solar reactors. ChemPhotoChem, 2018, 2, 512-534. Very Important Paper, Review. DOI: 10.1002/cptc.201800062.

4) Rhodanine-based dyes absorbing in the entire visible spectrum. Org. Chem. Front., 2017, 4, 1024-1028. DOI: 10.1039/C6QO00760K.

5) Towards improved halogenated BODIPY photosensitizers: clues on structural designs and heavy atom substitution patterns. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2017, 19, 69-72. DOI: 10.1039/C6CP06448E.

6) Photochemical oxidation of thioketones by singlet molecular oxygen revisited: Insights into photoproducts, kinetics, and reaction mechanism. J. Org. Chem., 2015, 80, 10575-10584. DOI: 10.1021/acs.joc.5b01710.

7) Phototransformation of model micropollutants in water samples by photocatalytic singlet oxygen production in heterogeneous medium. Appl. Catal. B: Environ., 2014, 160-161, 445-455. DOI: 10.1016/j.apcatb.2014.05.050.

8) Helicobacter pylori inactivation and virulence gene damage using a supported sensitiser for photodynamic therapy. Eur. J. Med. Chem., 2013, 68, 284-290. DOI: 10.1016/j.ejmech.2013.07.023.

Book Chapters:

1) “Reference photosensitisers for the production of singlet oxygen” in Singlet Oxygen: Applications in Biosciences and Nanosciences. S. Nonell, C. Flors, eds. Comprehensive Series in Photochemical and Photobiological Sciences, G. Jori, M. Trotta, Series eds. Vol. 1, pp. 105-143. Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, 2016. ISBN: 978-1-78262-038-9.


1) Luminescent pigments and their use in security applications. US PATENT US2014/0158019 A1. Fábrica Nacional de Moneda y Timbre - Real Casa de la Moneda.

Rafael Gomez

Rafael Gómez Aspe


Rafael Gómez Aspe is Associate Professor at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Previously he was a Ramón y Cajal Researcher and he has worked in the Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (TUE), in industry, and at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB).

Currently, he is part of the research group “Supramolecular Polymers”, where he carries out studies on the design, synthesis and characterization of organic molecules that self-assemble to form supramolecular structures.

He is also interested in opto and electroactive organic molecular and polymeric materials and in the chemistry of natural products.

Mar Gómez Gallego

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Catedrática de Química Orgánica desde 2011, sus líneas de investigación se han centrado en
el Desarrollo de nuevas aplicaciones en síntesis orgánica de complejos de metales de
transición y estudio de sus mecanismos de reacción; Preparación de nuevas entidades
moleculares con propiedades ópticas y redox modulables; Diseño y estudio de
metalanucelobases y metalanucleótidos, Producción de hidrógeno; Desarrollo de agentes
quelantes para el suministro de micronutrientes en agronomía y Nuevos materiales
energéticos. Es miembro del grupo de química Bio-Organometálica (UCM) y del Centro
Virtual de Investigación en Química Avanzada ORFEO-CINQA (BOE-21/01/2022).
Es autora de 2 libros: Organic Reaction Mechanisms, (Ed. Springer Verlag, 2003) y
Principios de Química Medioambiental (Ed. Síntesis 2007) y varios capítulos de libro.
Durante su carrera investigadora ha desarrollado de forma continuada proyectos de I+D
conjuntos con distintas empresas agroquímicas nacionales e internacionales (Cambium SL,
TradeCorporation SL, DeSangosse Ltd, Fertenia SL), y con el Ministerio de Defensa de
España (LME), que han producido diversas patentes. Es Coordinadora del Master
Interuniversitario en Química Orgánica (UCM, UAM, USC) desde 2014. Página web


Mª Ángeles Herranz

Mª Ángeles Herranz es Profesora Titular en el Departamento de Química Orgánica I de la Universidad Complutense de Madrid desde 2009. Llevó a cabo estancias posdoctorales en la Universidad de Miami (Florida, EE UU, 2001) y en la Universidad de Clemson (Carolina del Sur, EE UU, 2002-2004) antes de incorporarse a la UCM como investigadora Ramón y Cajal. Su trabajo de investigación, documentado en alrededor de 100 artículos, revisiones y capítulos de libro (Researcher ID: K-1742-2014, Código Orcid: 0000-0001-9155-134X, Índice h: 30) se ha centrado en aspectos fundamentales de la química de sistemas derivados de tetratiafulvaleno, fullerenos, nanotubos de carbono y grafeno, sus propiedades electrónicas, y sus posibles aplicaciones en nanociencia. La trayectoria investigadora de la Dra. Herranz fue reconocida en 2004 con el premio a Investigadores Noveles de la Real Sociedad Española de Química (RSEQ). Ha participado en la organización de diferentes reuniones científicas relacionadas con su área de conocimiento y la docencia que imparte dentro del Máster en Química Orgánica: Seminario Internacional Complutense “Materials for Renewable Energies: Organic and Hybrid Solar Cells” (2007), Encuentro Complutense “Iniciación a la Nanociencia Molecular” (2008), Curso “Nanociencia y su Impacto Social” (2010), “The first symposium on “Carbon Nanoforms” (2011), “The third symposium on “Carbon Nanoforms” (2013) y “16th International Symposium on Novel Aromatic Compounds (ISNA-16)” (2015).


Nazario Martín León


Nazario Martín (Madrid, 1956) es Catedrático de Química Orgánica en la UCM y cofundador y Director Adjunto del Instituto IMDEA-Nanociencia de la Comunidad de Madrid. Ha sido profesor visitante en las universidades de California en Santa Barbara (UCSB) y Los Angeles (UCLA) y en las universidades de Angers y de Estrasburgo (Francia). Es Doctor Honoris Causa por las Universidades de La Habana (Cuba) 2012 y Castilla La Mancha (España) 2016.


La investigación del Prof. Martín abarca diferentes tópicos con especial énfasis en la química de nanoestructuras de carbono tales como fullerenos, nanotubos de carbono, nanografenos y puntos cuánticos de carbono, cables moleculares, y moléculas electroactivas en el contexto de procesos de quiralidad, transferencia electrónica, aplicaciones en bio-medicina, fotovoltaica y nanociencia. Ha dirigido 46 Tesis Doctorales y es co-editor de 6 libros y de 14 números especiales en revistas de prestigio internacional. Ha sido Editor General de la revista Anales de Química (2000-2005), miembro del comité editorial y asesor internacional de las revistas Journal of MaterialsChemistry (2000-2006), ChemicalCommunications (2006-2011) ChemSusChem (2011-2015) y ha sido Editor regional para Europa de la revista Fullerenes, Nanotubes and CarbonNanostructures. Actualmente es miembro del comité editorial de las revistas: TheJournal of OrganicChemistry y Accounts of ChemicalResearch (ACS), del comité científico internacional de ChemPlusChem, Chemistry, AnAsianJournal y ChemNanoMat (Wiley-VCH) y miembro del comité asesor de las revistas ChemicalSocietyReviews y ChemicalCommunications (RSC). Es editor de la revista ScientificReports del grupo Nature Publishing. En 2015-2019 ha sido Editor-en-jefe de las revistas Journal of MaterialsChemistry (A, B y C) de la Royal Society of Chemistry, UK.


El Prof. Martín ha formado parte de numerosos comités científicos en congresos nacionales e internacionales. Ha sido presidente del Comité Organizador del primer centenario de la RSEQ (Madrid, 2003) y Presidente del International Symposiumon Novel Aromatics (ISNA-16, Madrid, 2015). Es,además, miembro de ExecutiveCommitteefortheFullerenesDivision of theElectrochemicalSociety (USA) (1998-actualidad) y en 2015-2019 ha sido el Presidente del International Board of the International Symposiumon Novel Aromatics (ISNA).


El Profesor Martín es Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK) y académico correspondiente de la Real Academia de Doctores de España. Desde 2015 es académico correspondiente de la Real Academia de Ciencias Exactas, Físicas y Naturales de España. Ha escrito numerosos artículos de opinión en diarios nacionales y en revistas nacionales e internacionales (El País, Angewandte, ChemistryWorld). Además, ha pronunciado 445 conferencias principalmente como conferenciante plenario e invitado en las conferencias más distinguidas. Nazario Martín ha sido Presidente de la Real Sociedad Española de Química (2006-2012). Ha recibido numerosos premios de gran prestigio nacional e internacional (véase apartado C6). Ha sido Profesor visitante en 4 universidades: Institute of Polymers and OrganicSolids (IPOS) UCSB. 1994; InstituteforExoticMaterials, UCLA (USA) 2005; Dpt. of OrganicChemistry of University of Angers (France) 2005; Dpt. of OrganicChemistry of University of Strasbourg (France) 2009.

Ha sido Presidente electo de la Confederación de Sociedades Científicas de España (COSCE), en 2015- 2019, que reúne a más de 80 sociedades científicas y más de 40.000 científicos.


El Prof. Martín se encuentra entre los químicos españoles más citados y en 2013-2019 ha disfrutado de la “AdvancedGrant” del EuropeanResearch Council (ERC). Desde 2018 es miembro de la Academia Europaea y distinguido como ChemistryEuropeFellow (Wiley).


El Prof. Martín ha obtenido un proyecto “SynergyGrant” del ERC en 2020 y ha sido galardonado con el Premio Nacional de Química “Enrique Moles” 2020 otorgado por el MICINN


Santiago De la Moya

Santiago de la Moya received his B.S. (Licenciatura en Ciencias Químicas) and M.S. (Tesina de Licenciatura) from Complutense University of Madrid, and Ph.D. from the same university under the supervision of Prof. A. García Martínez in 1994. After spending a postdoctoral stay in the group of Prof. F. Vögtle at Bonn University (Germany), he returned to Complutense University, where he gained a position as Assistant Professor in 1996, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2002. Moreover, he has held several research positions at Tübingen University (Germany) with Prof. M. Hanack, at UNED with Prof. E. Teso Vilar, and at University of California at Berkeley (USA) with Prof. P. A. Bartlett. In 2010 he obtained the Spanish ANECA accreditation to Full Professor. His current research interest is focused to the synthetic development of chiral organic structures for advanced applications, as well as to the study of reaction mechanisms involving peculiar carbocations

Silvia Ortega

Current position Associate Professor


Curriculum & Projects

- Bachelor´s degree in Biochemistry (Complutense University, Madrid, Spain). Graduated with honors

- PhD in the Organic Chemistry Program (Complutense University, Madrid, Spain) with honors

- Postdoctoral research associate at The Scripps Research Institute (La Jolla, California, USA) with a MEC-Fulbright scholarship under the supervision of Prof. Benjamin F. Cravatt 

- Ramon y Cajal Research Associate (Organic Chemistry Department, Complutense University, Madrid, Spain). 


Areas of interest: medicinal chemistry and chemical biology.


Research lines: endogenous cannabinoid system (monoacylglycerol lipase, cannabinoid receptors), lysophosphatic acid receptors, cancer (fatty acid synthase, isoprenylcysteine carboxyl methyltransferase), development of chemical probes for the study of G protein-coupled receptors.


Awards and Recognitions:

2001: Coy W. Waller Student Merit Award. International Cannabinoid Research Society.

2002: Spanish Society of Research on Cannabinoids Award.

2004: Scientific Achievement Award. International Cannabinoid Research Society.

2011: Runner-up of the European Federation of Medicinal Chemistry Prize for a Young Medicinal Chemistry in Academia.

2012: Sigma-Aldrich Young Investigator Award from Royal Spanish Society of Chemistry.

2013: Best oral communication award. Spanish Society of Medicinal Chemistry.


Positions in Scientific Societies:

- Education and Training Committee of the European Federation of Medicinal Chemistry (from January 2011).


Patents: PCT ES01/00305, WO 02/12167 A1; EP07110956, PCT/EP2008058099 (transferred to Italfarmaco); PCT/ES2014/070071.


For a list of publications, see:

Silvia Ortega

Luis Sánchez

Luis Sánchez was born in 1970 in Toledo (Spain) and is Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University Complutense of Madrid (UCM), Spain. He received his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry at the University Complutense of Madrid in 1997 under the supervision of Prof. Carlos Seoane and Nazario Martín, where he carried out the synthesis and studied the properties of C60–donor dyads and triads. From 1999 to 2000 he worked as a postdoctoral researcher with Professor Jan C. (Kees) Hummelen (University of Groningen, The Netherlands) on the synthesis of supramolecular architectures based on C60 and their application in the preparation of organic solar cells. In 2002, he was appointed as an associate professor at UCM. He is currently the director of the research group “Amphiphilic molecules and supramolecular polymers” at the Organic Department.

He is currently co-author of around 100 publications and was awarded with the Prize to Novel Researchers of the RSEQ in 2003. He has directed and co-directed four Doctoral Theses, two of which have been awarded as the best Theses in Chemistry at the Community of Madrid (2009 and 2013).


José Luis Segura Castedo

José  L. Segura obtained his PhD. in Organic Chemistry at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid working in the area of organic materials. After a short stay in the group of Professor W. Daily (University of Pennsylvania) working in the area of strained-ring organic syntheses, he performed postdoctoral stays in the group of Prof. M. Hanack (University of Tübingen) working on the syntheses of electroluminescent conjugated polymers, in the group of Professor F. Wudl (University of California at Santa Barbara), working on the functionalization of [60]fullerene and in the group of Peter Bäuerle working on the development of novel thiophene-based materials. In 1995 Dr Segura joined the faculty in the Department of Organic Chemistry at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid where he is currently leading the Group of Macromolecular and Heterocyclic Organic Materials. His current research interests involve the synthesis and electrochemical and photophysical characterization of molecular and macromolecular electroactive systems for optoelectronics.

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Miguel Ángel Sierra Rodríguez

Born 1960 (Villamiel-Toledo-Spain). Miguel A. Sierra obtained is Bachelor in Organic Chemistry in 1982 with an overall A+ grade, and his Ph. D. in Organic Chemistry (Cum Laude, Honors, UCM Ph.D excellence award) in 1987. He was appointed Profesor Ayudante (Assistant Professor) in 1987 and, after a post-doctoral stay in Colorado State University (1988-1989) in the laboratories of Prof. Louis S. Hegedus, came back to Spain where in 1990 he obtained a permanent position at the UCM as Profesor Titular of Organic Chemistry (Tenured Associated Professor). He was promoted to Catedrático Habilitado de Química Orgánica in 2003 and to Catedrático de Química Orgánica (Full Professor) in 2005. Currently, he is the director of the Bio-Organometallic Chemistry Group of the UCM. He has published 180 scientific articles, four books, and 5 patents, with one products for correcting iron-chlorosis already in the market (Ultraferro®), the second (Tarvox®) in precomercialization and a third compound (DCHA) now in the pilot plant. He has directed 19 PhD Thesis and currently he is the advisor of 7 additional PhD students.

Prof. Sierra consulted the Nuclear, Biological and Chemical (NBQ) laboratory and the Energetic Materials laboratory of the Spanish Ministery of Defense, and has developed joint research projects with both laboratories, as well as with several agrochemical companies. He was a member of the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) (2003-2009), the Chairman of the TWG on Sampling and Analysis of the OPCW (2004-2007). He was the Secretary of the Organic Group of the Spanish Chemical Society (2005-2012), he has been a member of the board of this Society (2006-2012), and he is an Honorary Member of the Sociedad Química Argentina. He was awarded (2003) the Military Cross with white ribbon, and the Ignacio Ribas Excellence Award from the Organic Division of the Spanish Chemical Society (2013). He is the General Editor of Anales de Química since 2014. Apart from research talks, he is a habitual lecturer in different universities, colleges and research centers in topics related to the chemical weapon destruction, social aspects about the use and misuse of conventional and chemical weapons, their history and the ethical aspects of the interrelation between chemical knowledge and society. He acts as regular referee (> 50 articles year) for the world top journals of general, organic, organometallic and inorganic chemistry, the National Science Foundation of the USA and the Petroleum Research Found administrated by the American Chemical Society, the National Research Foundation (NRF) (Sudafrica), and the Agencia Nacional de Promoción Científica y Tecnológica (ANPCyT) from Argentina, as well as for different Spanish Evaluation Agencies. Member of the Committee for the Accreditation of Profesores Titulares of the Spanish National Agency for the Evaluation of the Quality and Accreditation (ANECA) (2014-)

Prof. Sierra research interest ranges from the study of the behavior of transition metal complexes in their interaction with biomolecules, the mechanisms of transition metal mediated organic and organometallic transformations, with special emphasis in the behavior of densely functionalized organic systems towards organometallic reagents, the synthesis of bio-organometallic compounds, the mechanisms of Fe capture by plants and the design and the synthesis of energetic materials.



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