Category: ‘Interviews’

  • 05/08/2015

    Face to Face with Julio Lloret-Fillol

    Dr. Lloret-Fillol obtained his PhD from Universidad de Valencia in 2006. Then he moved to the University of Heidelberg where he stayed four years as a postdoctoral researcher. Since 2010 he has been working as independent research leader at Universitat de Girona and, in November 2014, he joined ICIQ as group leader through CELLEX-ICIQ Starting Career Programme.

    This year, he has been awarded an ERC Consolidator Grant to develop his project ‘Towards a Greener Reduction Chemistry by Using Cobalt Coordination Complexes as Catalysts and Light-driven Water Reduction as a Source of Reductive Equivalents’. This project aims to merge the concepts at the edge of the fields of solar fuels production and catalytic transformation facilitated by coordination complexes to perform light-driven catalytic transformations of organic substrates.


  • 06/08/2014

    Face to Face with Pedro J. Pérez

    Pedro J. Pérez studied chemistry at the University of Seville where he graduated in 1987 and received his PhD degree, developed under the supervision of Prof. Ernesto Carmona, in 1991. From 1991 to 1993, he worked at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a postdoctoral fellow and, in 1993, he joined the newly established University of Huelva, where he works now as full Professor and head of Center for Research in Sustainable Chemistry.

    His research interests are the development of homogeneous catalysts for the functionalization of hydrocarbons by transfer reactions from metal centers. In the last years, he is particularly focussed in alkanes as substrates.


  • 20/12/2013

    Face to Face with Nicolai Cramer

    Nicolai Cramer is Assistant Professor of Organic Chemistry at EPFL, Lausanne (Switzerland).
    He works on the interface between organic synthesis and catalysis, on the development of new methods for organic synthesis and the synthesis of natural products. He graduated from the University of Stuttgart, where he also studied his PhD under the supervision of Prof. Laschat. He joined the group of Prof. B. M. Trost at Stanford University as a postdoctoral fellow and then moved to the ETH Zurich to work on his habilitation with Prof. E. M. Carreira. In fall 2010, he became Assistant Professor of Organic Chemistry at EPF Lausanne.

    He is the first ‘Marcial Moreno Mañas Lectureship‘ awardee and we had the chance to talk to him in our Face to Face. (more…)

  • 31/07/2013

    Face to Face with Vy M. Dong

    Vy M. Dong is a full Professor at University of California at Irvine. She works on transition metal catalysis and the study of new catalytic methods to solve challenges in organic chemistry. She graduated from this University and then moved to Prof. McMillan group to do her PhD studies. She has also worked with Robert Bergman and Kenneth Raymond at Berkeley. Prof. Dong began her independent career at University of Toronto and returned to University of California at Irvine in 2012.

    She has also been one of our ICIQ Seminar Programme speakers and we spent some time talking to her in our Face to Face.


  • 01/07/2013

    Face to Face with Fernando Cossío

    Fernando P. Cossío is the president of the Executive Committee of Ikerbasque, the Basque foundation for science, professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of the Basque Country and a co-founder of the company Ikerchem.

    In his research, he combines theoretical and experimental organic chemistry to investigate the origins of selectivity in chemical reactions.

    He came to ICIQ to talk about ‘Five-membered Rings in Organometallic Catalysis and Offspring Organocatalysis’ and we took our chance to talk to him in our Face to Face.  (more…)

  • 22/04/2013

    Face to Face with Lee Cronin

    Lee Cronin is the Gardiner Professor of Chemistry at the University of Glasgow (UK). 
    He works on nanoscience and chemical complexity and he is an interdisciplinary enthusiast. His main aim is to create life in the lab and he investigates how chemistry can revolutionise modern technology. One of his most impressive projects is creating a 3D printer for molecules. (more…)

  • 05/01/2013

    Face to Face with Vladimir Grushin

    Vladimir Grushin is one of the few industrial chemists who have been able to return to academia.  After 12 years with DuPont, he came to Tarragona with an appointment as Senior Group Leader at the Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ).


  • 04/06/2012

    Face to Face with Pau Ballester

    Pau Ballester studied chemistry at the Universitat de les Illes Balears (UIB) where he graduated in 1982 and received his PhD degree in 1986. Since then, he has developed his research in Spain and the USA.

    After a sabbatical year at the Scripps Research Institute (La Jolla, USA), 2002-2003, he took a position as ICREA (Catalan Institution of Research and Advanced Studies) research professor and he joined the ICIQ as a group leader.

  • 25/04/2012

    Face to Face with Roberta Sessoli

    Roberta Sessoli received her PhD in Chemistry from the University of Florence working on low dimensional molecular magnetic materials under the supervision of Dante Gatteschi. Since 2000 she is associate professor of chemistry at that University.

    Her research interests have focused on the magnetic properties of molecular clusters and chains. She has been a pioneer in the field of magnetic bistability at the molecular level and quantum effects in these mesoscopic materials.

  • 25/03/2012

    Face to Face with James Barber

    Professor James Barber is the Ernst Chain Professor of Biochemistry  at the Imperial College London, Visiting Professor to Nanyang Technological  University, Singapore and Visiting Professor to the Politecnico di Torino, Italy.

    Professor Barber works  primarily  on the molecular processes of photosynthesis. Much  of his work has focused on Photosystem Two, a biological machine able to use light energy to  split water into oxygen and reducing equivalents. Professor Barber contributed greatly to this subject by  elucidating the structure of the catalytic centre for this reaction.


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