Professor Alvarez was born in Panama (Republica de Panama) in 1950, where he developed his interest for Chemistry. He moved to Barcelona in 1968 to study Chemistry at the Universitat de Barcelona (UB), where he pursued graduate studies with a grant of the Agustin Pedro y Pons Foundation. He obtained a Ph. D. with a thesis on vibrational spectroscopy under the advice of Prof. Jaume Casabo and in collaboration with V. Tabacik in Montpellier (France). For some time he carried out research on the synthesis and characterization of molecular metals and worked later for one year in theoretical inorganic chemistry in the group of Roald Hoffmann at Cornell University, granted by the Fulbright-MEC postdoctoral program. He was appointed as Profesor Titular (Associate Professor) in the Universitat de Barcelona in 1984 and was promoted to Catedratico (Full Professor) of Inorganic Chemistry in 1987.
His main research interests have been in bonding and stereochemistry of transition metal compounds, combining computational chemistry and structural database analysis. In particular he has dealt with the structure and bonding of several families of coordination and organometallic molecules, the structure and electrical properties of solid state compounds, the magnetic coupling of two or more paramagnetic atoms in complex molecular structures. He has produced over two hundred research papers. The most recent line of activity of his research group consists on the definition and application of the continuous shape measures and the continuous symmetry measures to the systematic description of molecular, supramolecular and crystal structures, developing new stereochemical tools such as the shape maps, the minimal distortion paths, the path deviation functions and the generalized interconversion coordinates.
He was Director of the Department of Inorganic Chemistry of the UB between 1992 amd 1995 and is advisor to the Board of Governors of the UB since 2004. He has been a member of the Editorial Board and of the International Advisory Board of Dalton Transactions, and participated in a IUPAC working party for the study of terminology of theoretical chemistry in 1993. His most recent awards include the Distincio de la Generalitat de Catalunya per a la Promocio de la Recerca Universitaria, Premio de Investigacion en Quimica Inorganica de la Real Sociedad Espanola de Quimica and the Premio Solvay de Investigacion en Ciencias Quimicas. He is Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry since 2005 and a corresponding member of the Spanish Royal Academy of Sciences since 2006.
He has been active in organizing scientific meetings, such as the euromediterranean conference of inorganic chemistry FIGIPS-6 in 2001 and several international advanced courses on Synchrotron Radiation and X Ray Absorption, Dessign and Assembly of Molecules and Networks, Photochemistry and Luminiscence of Coordination Compounds or Structural Databases in Chemistry. Starting in 2003, he has organized the international meetings NoSIC (Not Strictly Inorganic Chemistry), in which participants discuss on topics on the borders of Chemistry and other areas of knowledge, such as art, history, language, music or gastronomy. He publishes a section in the Revista de la Societat Catalana de Quimica entitled El Bagul dels Llibres (the ark of books), that reviews the most salient books on topics close to the edges of chemistry and humanistic knowledge. He has also recently published a book entitled Els atoms en l'espai (Atoms in Space), that provides a Catalan translation of the founding papers of stereochemistry by Van 't Hoff and Le Bel, complemented with an assay on the precedents and consequences of such publications.
Günter Haufe has strong research interests in organofluorine chemistry including 18F-radiochemistry. Experimental studies carried out in his group include selective fluorination methods and synthesis of fluorinated analogues of natural products and medicinally relevant compounds. Other topics are application of enzymes in organic synthesis, alicyclic chemistry and total synthesis of natural products. Günter Haufe owns >20 patents and has published >280 peer reviewed research papers, reviews and book chapters. In 1989 he published a book on "Chemistry of Alicyclic Compounds" (Elsevier, Amsterdam) together with Gerhard Mann and in 2008 he edited a monograph "Fluorine and Health" (Elsevier, Amsterdam) together with Alain Tressaud. He was an Associate Editor of "Advances in Fluorine Science" and he is a Regional Editor of the Journal of Fluorine Chemistry since 2008.
The organometallic reagent (iPrC5H4)2TiSe5 satisfies these criteria, as we demonstrate by the synthesis of phosphoroselenoate derivatives of mono- and oligonucleotides of DNA and a dinucleotide of RNA.
Prof. Torres′s contributions mainly include the synthesis of unsymmetric phthalocyanines and subphthalocyanines, their conjugation with carbon nanostructures (fullerenes, nanotubes and graphene), supramolecular organization in solution and condensed phases, and applications of these compounds in non-linear optics (NLO), photoinduced electron transfer, molecular photovoltaics (organic solar cells, hybrids and perovskites), and more recently in areas of nanotechnology (organization and synthesis in surfaces) and nanomedicine (photodynamic therapy, PDT, cancer and atherosclerosis, and inactivation of bacteria and viruses). Torres has published more than 500 articles, reviews and patents, and has an h-index of 74, with 14 "highly cited papers" (Thomson Reuters).
Kurt Kremer was one of the first to point out that the huge diversity of synthetic and biological soft matter results from the interplay of universal and chemistry specific contributions. Already in 1998 he and coworkers published a paper dealing with scale bridging simulations for polymers, which by now developed into a truly quantitative and predictive tool. Beyond plain structural properties organic electronic materials pose additional challenges. His group systematically linked structural and morphological properties with electronic properties of the individual molecular moieties. They demonstrated that the conventional approach to study systems only at T=0K neglects fluctuations and disorder, often leading to qualitatively wrong results. Recently he combined field based, particle based coarse grained and all atom models for P3HT, the ‘fruit fly’ of organic electronics. His scientific work typically connects physical problems with methodological advances. Such an advance e.g. is the particle based adaptive resolution simulation, where different regions with different resolution freely exchange molecules. First applications concern quantum classical systems or the problem of co-nonsolvency of organic macromolecules in mixed solvents.
The development of lanthanide-based reagents is a major focus of researchin the Molander laboratories. Several stereocontrolled reductivecyclization reactions promoted by samarium diiodide (SmI2) have been developed. These reactions permit construction of highly functionalized carbocyclicand heterocyclic rings that are difficult to access by any other means,and work continues to explore further applications of this special reductantto problems in organic synthesis. Processes that permit sequencingof organic reactions are of particular interest. This strategy permitsthe formation of multiple carbon-carbon or carbon-heteroatom bonds in aone pot process, thereby facilitating the rapid and efficient constructionof complex products from relatively simple substrates.
The application of SmI2 chemistry to the synthesis of the natural productssteganone has recently been completeed, and a synthesis of the potent immunosupressantvariecolin is also currently underway. Future goals include SmI2-mediatedsyntheses of spartidienedione and isoschizandrin.
The central theme of Professor Molanders research is the developmentof new synthetic methods and their application to the synthesis of organicmolecules. Within this context, exciting and useful new ways to formcarbon-carbon bonds selectively are being explored utilizing inorganicreagents as well as organometallic catalysts. Approaches to the totalsynthesis of a variety of important natural products are being developedbased on these methods.
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has developed a unique, innovative, patented and effective process (the MG-1 Process) to structure, organize and assemble molecules and atomic-size particules."Nanomix(formerly Covalent Materials Inc.) New materials are designed, synthesized and characterized at the nanometer scale for a myriad of applications in industries ranging from electronics to biotechnology.
Prof. Su’s current research fields include the design, the synthesis, the property study and the molecular engineering of nanostructures and highly organized and hierarchically self-assembled porous materials, bio-integrated living and bio-inspired materials including leaf-like materials by the immobilization of living organisms and biomaterials for catalysis, photocatalysis, CO2 reduction and water splitting, artificial photosynthesis, nanotechnology, biotechnology, information technology, energy storage and conversion, cell therapy and biomedical applications.
His major contributions to the molecular recognition field comprise the unravelling of the molecular basis of the recognition of ligands (glycans & small molecules, carbohydrate mimics) by receptors in solution, using a multidisciplinary approach, which employs organic synthesis, protein biochemistry and molecular biology, biophysics, molecular modeling, and NMR, using a wide network of collaborations worldwide. In this context, he has achieved major developments of general methodological aspects of NMR and, particularly, in its applications to the study of the dynamic features of molecular recognition processes involving sugars and proteins. The first NMR-based lectin-glycan structure was unravelled in his lab. From the drug discovery perspective, he has systematically scrutinized the employment of glycomimetics (C-, S-, N-glycoside analogues) as sugar analogues.
His research interests focus on the design of novel organic conjugated aromatic semiconducting polymers for a range of optical, electronic, photovoltaic, and bio-electronic applications. This spans from chemical design conception, through synthesis and characterization. A key aspect of his research has involved control of the molecular alignment and organization of polymers and small molecules in the liquid crystalline phase, aiming towards a better understanding of the relationships between molecular self-assembly and charge transport properties of semiconducting polymers. His research led to the discovery of a liquid crystalline thiophene polymer which has served for over a decade as a benchmark semiconductor, employed in fundamental studies of the properties of organic field effect transistors, demonstrating the feasibility of solution processed organic polymers, and provided the impetus for advances in the field. More recently, his research interests have encompassed organic electronics, solar cells, OLEDs, organic bioelectronics and spintronics. He is a co-inventor on 56 patent families filed from these research activities, and has published over 250 peer reviewed publications.