Scientific Profile of Lecturers/Researchers

Magdalena Aguiló. PhD. Professor of Physics

Magdalena Aguiló  is Professor of Crystallography at the University Rovira i Virgili  (URV) Tarragona (Spain). She has graduated in Physics at University of Barcelona and received the PhD degree at the same university in 1983.

Her predoctoral and postdoctoral training took place at the Department of Crystallography of University of Leiden and University of Utrecht . She was first assistant professor at the department of Crystallography in the University of Barcelona and she joined the academic staff at the Faculty of Chemistry in Tarragona. She was promoted to Full Professor in 1996.

She has published over 272 (at ISI Web of Knowledge) peer reviewed papers, 2 patents and others communications. Her research work is focussed in Crystallography, growing crystals as bulk, epitaxial and nanomaterials and characterization of materials by XR techniques.

She was distinguished by University Rovira I Virgili with Distinguished Professor Award (2013).

Permanent address: University Rovira i Virgili.
Campus Sescelades. c/Marcel•lí Domingo, n 1.
43007 Tarragona. Spain.
email: magdalena.aguilo@urv.cat

Some relevant results:
Total number of refereed publications: 272
Hirsch H  index: 35
Total number of citations: 4609
Publications over 100 citations: 9

Ramon Álvarez-Puebla. PhD. ICREA Professor

Ramón Álvarez Puebla is an ICREA Research Professor at the Department of Electronic Engineering of the Universitat Rovira i Virgili. He is the head of Zeptonic group (www.zeptonic.org): Nanophotonic solutions for environmental and biomedical issues at the Centre Tecnològic de la Química de Catalunya (CTQC)

He studied Chemistry at the Universidad de Navarra and got his PhD from the Universidad Pública de Navarra in Surface Science. In 2004 he joined the group of Ricardo Aroca at the University of Windsor (Canada) where he remained in a cross appointment with the General Motors Research and Development Center until the end of 2005. In 2006, Dr Álvarez was promoted to Research Officer at the National Center for Nanotechnology (NINT) belonging to the National Research Council of Canada.

In 2008 he moved to Spain as a Ramón y Cajal Fellow at the University of Vigo. He joined ICREA, the program to recruit top scientist for the Catalan R&D sytem, in October of 2012.

Dr. Álvarez-Puebla is an expert in surface science and spectroscopy with emphasis on the fabrication and characterization of plasmonic particles and their integration into advanced “all optical” sensing devices for biomedicine, chemical biology and environmental monitoring.

Currently he is working on: i) the design and development of plasmonic functional materials and their integration into real live “all optical” sensors; ii) the development of new technologies for pathogen/disease marker detection by using localized surface plasmon resonances, Raman and SERS; iii) in vivo intracellular monitoring and imaging of relevant cytoplasm metabolites under different conditions (health/disease) and iv) optical technologies for the ultrafast and ultrasensitive recognition of active compounds in combinatorial libraries.

Some relevant results:

  • Number of total publications in journals with referees: 75 at ISI Web of Knowledge, 96 at SCOPUS
  • Hirsch H index: 28 (ISI Web of Knowledge), 32 (Scopus)
  • Total number of cites: 1942 (ISI WoK), 2765 (Scopus)

Francisco Andrade. PhD, Ramón y Cajal Fellow

Dr. Francisco Andrade, born May 29th, 1970, is Ramón y Cajal Research Fellow at the Organic and Analytical Chemistry Department at the Universitat  Rovira i Virgili. He is member of the Chemometrics, Qualimetrics and Nanosensors group at the same department (www.argo.urv.es/quimio/nanosensors/).

Francisco Andrade graduated from the Universidad de Buenos Aires with a first degree in Chemistry (1995), and he later gained a PhD in Analytical Chemistry from the same University (2001). He also holds a Master degree in Environmental Analysis and Assessment from Imperial College, University of London (1998). He performed a first post-doctoral year at the Universidad de Buenos Aires (2001-2002), where he obtained a position as Head of Instructors (full time teaching and research position) and was admitted as a junior scientist at the Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas (CONICET).  Later, he joined as a post-doctoral fellow the Laboratory for Spectrochemistry at Indiana University under the supervision of Prof. Gary Hieftje (2003-2005), and then he became Faculty member at the same university (2005-2007). In 2006 was distinguished as a Young Outstanding Analytical Scientist (YOAS, Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry, Royal Society of Chemistry).

In 2007 Francisco joined Unilever Global Corporation (Leeds, UK) as a disruptive innovation team leader, and soon after (2009), he was appointed as Director of Open Innovation. In these positions, his work was focus in the detection, evaluation and development of new technologies and ideas for business opportunities, working around the globe with venture teams, research centers and universities. In 2010 Francisco took a position of researcher as a Ramon y Cajal Fellow at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili.

Dr. Francisco Andrade pioneered the development of Flow Injection Analysis in his home country (Argentina), and then contributed to the breakthorugh development of the novel atmospheric-pressure plasma sources in analytical chemistry (some of his contributions in this field have been cited almost 100 times in the last 5 years). More recently, he has developed novel research lines in the development of ultra-low cost and wearable analytical sensors. His work has been featured in academic as well as in numerous mass-media.

  • Number of invited lectures at International Conferences and Institutes: 7
  • Number of total publications in journals with referees: 34
  • Other publications: 1 book chapters/proceedings, 3 patents, 34 conference abstracts

At present he is leader of the Innovation Hub Catalunya Sud, an initiative to improve the innovation the region and connect the academic and business sectors.

Vladimir Baulin. PhD.

Dr. Vladimir Baulin (1976) studied physics at Lomonosov Moscow State University (Russia) and graduated in 2000. He then pursued PhD studies in Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique, Grenoble (France) focusing on theory of water-soluble polymers and obtained PhD degree in physics in 2003.

He stayed at the group of Carlos Marques in Institut Charles Sadron in Strasbourg (France) as a postdoctoral researcher developing theory of microtubule self-organization. In 2007 he became a group leader in Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV), Tarragona (Spain) with ICREA Junior position. Presently, he is a researcher in URV, Tarragona (Spain).

His research is focused on the topics in the theory of soft matter, polymer physics and biophysics. Recent work is focused on interaction of phospholipid bilayers with nano-objects and self-assembled structures, cell cytoskeleton, Poisson-Boltzmann theory of interpolyelectrolyte complexes. One of the main research lines is the development of the Single Chain Mean Field (SCMF) theory, a simulation tool able to predict the properties of nanostructures given the microscopic details of its polymeric constituents. Recent application of the SCMF theory is the modelling of interaction of phospholipid bilayers with nano-objects and self-assembled structures. He was editor of a recent web themed issue “Interaction of nano-objects with lipid membranes” in Soft Matter journal.

  • Number of publications in ISI journals is 32.
  • Hirsch H index: 10
  • Total number of cites: 250

Pascal Blondeau. PhD. Junior Researcher

Pascal Blondeau, born 9 may 1978, is currently a postdoctoral researcher in the Nanosensors Group at the Department of Analytical and Organic Chemistry at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili.

Pascal Blondeau, graduated from the University of Montpellier in 2002, obtained his PhD in chemistry from the University of Madrid (UAM) and the Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ) in 2007. After a postdoctoral position at the Department of Organic Chemistry of the University of Padova, he joined the Nanosensors group at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili in 2009.

Pascal Blondeau doctoral thesis was on the design and synthesis of artificial receptors for anion recognition. Later on, during his postdoctoral stage at the University of Padova, he gained experience on the field of nanoscience by developing hybrid nanostructures for photonic devices based on carbon nanotubes. He currently works at developing anion sensors based on nanostructured materials. At present, he is lecturer of supramolecular chemistry in the master programme in Nanoscience, Materials and Processes: Chemical Technology at the Frontier.

  • Number of total publications in journals with referees: 25
  • Other publications: 2 book chapters
  • Total number of cites: 517
  • Hirch H index: 10

Xavier Borrisé. PhD. Junior Researcher

Dr. Xavier Borrisé, born 30 March 1971, is the Responsible of the Nanolithography Laboratory at the Clean-Room of the IMB-CNM-CSIC in a joint project together with the ICN2.

Dr. Borrisé graduated from the Universitat Autònoma of Barcelona with a degree in Physics in 1994 and later gained a Ph.D in Electronics Engineering from the same University in 2001. After 5 years as a Ramon y Cajal Researcher at the IMB-CNM-CSIC in the group of  Nanofabrication headed by Francesc Pérez-Murano, he joined the ICN in 2007 in order to start up the nanolithography facilities within the CNM clean-room.

The main research activites and achievements of Dr.Borrisé are in the Top-Down approximation to Nanothecnology, Nanofabrication and Nanolithography: he developed the first SNOM in Spain during his Ph.D, he is working since many years on the development of nanomechanical devices for mass sensing by using different nanolithography techniques (EBL, NIL, FIB), and he is also working in developing nanolitho techniques for nanolectrodes and sensors devoted to different sensing areas as DNA sensing or protein detection.

Joan J. Carvajal. PhD.

Born 11 January 1973, is Associate Professor of Crystallography and Mineralogy at the Universitat  Rovira i Virgili. He is member of the research team in Physics and Crystallography of Materials and Nanomaterials (FiCMA-FiCNA)

Doctor Carvajal graduated from the Universitat Rovira i Virgili with a degree in Chemistry in 1998, and later gained a PhD in Chemistry from the same University in 2003. After two postdoctoral years at the Department of Materials Science & Engineering of the State University of New York at Stony Brook, he joined the academic staff at the Faculty of Chemistry in Tarragona as a Ramon y Cajal researcher. In 2011 he was promoted to Associate Professor.

From October 2014 he serves as Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Chemistry of the URV. From 2012 to 2014 he has been Secretary of the Department of Physics and Inorganic Chemistry at the URV. Among different prizes and recognitions obtained, it should be mentioned a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship (USA, 2004-2006), the Doctorate Extraordinary Awards (Universitat Rovira i Virgili 2004), and a Young Scientist Award, at the 13th International Conference on Crystal Growht (Japan, 2001).

Doctor Carvajal is working in the area of Materials Science, developing research in the fields of laser and non-linear optics, integrated photonics, nanophotonics, and wide-bandgap semiconductors. Lately he is focused on developing porous wide-bandgap semiconductors (GaN) for LEDs with improved light extraction efficiency and sensors with enhanced sensitivity, optical nanothermometers based on luminescent nanoparticles, polymer solar cells covered with down-conversion nanoparticles to improve their efficiency, and integrated guided lasers for biomedical and communications applications.

Some relevant results:

  • Number of invited lectures at International Conferences: 18
  • Number of total publications in journals with referees: 177  (134 at ISI Web of Knowledge)
  • Other publications: 1 book chapters, 2 guest editor proceedings, 164 conference abstracts

At present he is lecturer of physics, crystallography, and materials science at Universitat Rovira i Virgili, and assistant to the coordination of the Master of Nanoscience, Materials and Processes: Chemical Technology at the Frontier.

  • Hirsch H index: 16
  • Total number of cites: 960

Francesc Diaz. PhD. Professor of Physics

Francesc Diaz  is Professor of Applied Physics  at the University Rovira i Virgili  (URV) Tarragona (Spain). He has graduated in Physics at University of Barcelona (1976) and received the PhD degree at the same university in 1982.

His postdoctoral training took place at the University of Toronto and made  stays in research institutions  such as Max Born Institute of Berlin  as visiting Professor.

He has published more than 360 peer reviewed papers, 4 books, 6 registered and transferred patents and more than 60 chapters of books. His research work was developed in fields such as synthesising, growing and nanostructuring of crystalline optical materials, spectroscopy studies and lasing of rare earth ions in solid state hosts. He was the PI of more than 70 R+D+i projects funded by public institutions and he led too more 30 funded by private companies.

Currently the research interests of F. Diaz are focused in three complementary subjects:

  • Nanoparticles and nanostructured materials for integrated optics.
  • Photonic devices from laser, non linear optics and photonic crystals.
  • Microfluidics and photonic devices.

Some relevant results:

  • H index: 36
  • Total number of cites: 4571

Before 1992 Professor F. Diaz served as Vice-dean, Vice-president at University of Barcelona, in 2010 he was nominated as Deputy Chairman of Campus of International Excellence Southern Catalonia and currently he is the Director of Graduate School of University Rovira i Virgili and director of Physics and Crystallography of Materials and Nanomaterials research group.

He was distinguished by Spanish institutions with ICREA Academia Award (2010), Excellent teaching URV Award  (2010), Distinguished Professor URV Award (2006) and Vicens Vives Award(2004).

Permanent address:

University Rovira i Virgili.
Campus Sescelades
C/Marcel•lí Domingo 1.
43007 Tarragona. Spain.
Tel: (+34) 977559517
email: f.diaz@urv.cat

Alex Fragoso. PhD.

Alex Fragoso was born in Havana, Cuba, in 1970. He obtained his B.Sc. (1993) and Ph.D. (1999) degrees from the University of Havana, Cuba, under the supervision of Prof. Roberto Cao working on cyclodextrin-based superoxide dismutase mimics.

He was a Research Associate (2000-2002) and Assistant Professor (2003-2004) at the same university working on applications of cyclodextrins in sensing and biotechnology before joining Prof. Javier de Mendoza’s group at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (2004-2005) as a postdoctoral fellow. From 2006-2011 he was a Ramon y Cajal Researcher at the Department of Chemical Engineering of Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV) in Tarragona, Spain. Since 2011 he is Associate Professor (Professor Agregat) at URV and works in the Nanobiotechnology and Bioanalysis Group.

In September 2013 he was appointed Coordinator of the Doctoral Program in Nanoscience, Materials and Engineering of URV and belongs to the board of the Doctoral School. He is also in charge of postgraduate activities at the Department of Chemical Engineering where he collaborates in the coordination of the Master Programme in Nanoscience, Materials and Processes: Chemical Technology at the Frontier.

Among other distinctions, he has received the Cuban National Award of Chemistry for Young Researchers (1999) and the Third World Academy of Sciences Prize for Young Chemists (2002).

Ricard Garcia-Valls. PhD.

Dr. Garcia-Valls is Asociate Professor at the Department of Chemical Engineering of URV. He began his doctoral research in 1991 in the field of membranes. In 1995, he obtained a doctorate from the Autonomous University of Barcelona and was a M.I.T. post-doctoral fellow from 1996 to 1998.

Since July 2008, he is director of the METEOR research center that aims to provide experience, knowledge and develop new products in the fields of membrane technology and process engineering in companies and institutions in regional, national and international ambits. METEOR is part of Tecnio, network power differential technology, business innovation and excellence, in Catalonia.

His current research focuses on the development of membranes, membrane processes, microcapsules and processes for production of microcapsules by microstrutured elements and is a member of the European Membrane Society.

He was director of the School of Chemical Engineering at the URV, after being for four years deputy. He was responsible for pilot master EHEA model and has participated in 27 projects between public and private.

  • Number of publications in ISI journals is 52.
  • Hirsch H index: 12
  • Total number of cites: 370

Roger Guimerà. PhD.

Roger Guimerà is an ICREA Research Professor at the Department of Chemical Engineering, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona, where he co-directs the Science and Engineering of Emerging Systems Lab [Twitter] He graduated in Physics at Universitat de Barcelona in 1998, and obtained a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Universitat Rovira i Virgili in 2003. He then moved to Northwestern University where he worked as a postdoctoral fellow, as a Fulbright Scholar, and as a Research Assistant Professor. In 2010, he accepted his current position as an ICREA Research Professor.

Roger’s research is devoted to the study of complex systems (from cells to ecosystems and societies) and, particularly, of the structure of complex networks and the interplay between network structure and dynamics. During his career, he has:

  • Made methodological contributions to the study of complex networks.
  • Used complex network analysis to gain understanding on a number of systems.

His research has won him the Premi Nacional de Recerca al Talent Jove from the Catalan Government (2010), and the Erdos-Renyi Prize in Network Science from the Network Science Society (2012), and the Yong Scientist Award in Socio- and Econophysics from the German Physical Society (2014).

  • Total number of ISI publications: 50
  • Hirsch H index: 22
  • Total number of citations: 4968 (source: ISI Web of Science)
  • Articles in Nature/Science/PNAS: 8
  • Publications with over 100 citations: 16

Antoni Llobet. PhD.

Antoni Llobet was born in Sabadell (Barcelona) in 1960.He obtained his PhD at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) with Prof. Francesc Teixidor in July 1985, and then moved to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for a postdoctoral stay with Prof. Thomas J. Meyer, until the end of 1987.

After a short period again at UAB and at University of Sussex-Dow Corning (UK) he then become a Scientific Officer for the Commission of the European Communities, based in Brussels, Belgium (1990-1991).

Then he was appointed Senior Research Associate at Texas A&M University in College Station (USA) from 1992 till 1993, working with the groups of Prof. Arthur E. Martell and Donald T. Sawyer. From 1993 till 2004 he joined the faculty of the Universitat de Girona where he was promoted to Full Professor in 2000. At the end of 2004 he joined the faculty of UAB also as Full Professor.

In September 2006, he was appointed as Group Leader at the Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ) in Tarragona.

His research interests include the development of tailored transition metal complexes as catalysts for selective organic and inorganic transformations including the oxidation of water to molecular dioxygen, supramolecular catalysis, the activation of C-H and C-F bonds, and the preparation low molecular weight complexes as structural and/or functional models of the active sites of oxidative metalloproteins.

In 2000 he received the Distinction Award from Generalitat de Catalunya for Young Scientists. In 2011 he was awarded the Bruker Prize in Inorganic Chemistry from the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry (RSEQ) and in 2012 he has been awarded with the “Hermanos Elhuyar-Hans Goldschmidt” lecture jointly by RSEQ and the German Chemical Society (GDCh).

At present he is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of “Catalysis Science and Technology” from the Royal Society of Chemistry and of “Inorganic Chemistry” from the American Chemical Society.

Relevant data

  • Number of invited lectures at International Conferences: over 100
  • Number of total publications in journals with referees: over 185 (ISI Web of Knowledge)
  • Other publications: 3 book chapters, 1 edited book
  • Hirsch H index: 39
  • Total number of cites: over 5400

email: allobet@iciq.cat

http://www.iciq.org/research/research_group/prof-antoni-llobet/

Allan Mackie. PhD.

Dr Allan Mackie is Lecturer in Chemical Engineering at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili and forms part of the Molecular Simulation research group.

Dr Mackie graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a Bachelor (Honours) degree in Chemical Engineering in 1989, and later obtained a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University in 1996. After a postdoctoral year at the French Petroleum Institute in Paris, he joined the academic staff at the Department of Chemical Engineering in Tarragona as a lecturer in 1996.

Between 2004 and 2007 he served as the coordinator for the undergraduate Chemical Engineering degrees and from 2007 until the present he has served as vice director for the Chemical Engineering School with responsibility for international programs and student interchanges such as Erasmus.

Dr Mackie has contributed to progress in the application of Molecular Simulation techniques in Chemical Engineering. His areas of interest include the development and application of theoretical and computer simulation techniques for the study of the properties of fluids and materials with particular emphasis on the behavior of self-assembling surfactant systems and polymers as well as the development of models for the prediction of thermophysical properties.

Emphasis is placed on molecular and microscopic based models that explicitly represent the main interactions among the constituents of the system of interest. These models can be used to predict the behaviour of materials at conditions inaccessible to experiment and to gain a fundamental understanding of the microscopic basis for the observed macroscopic properties.

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Xavier Mateos. PhD.

Dr Xavier Mateos was born the 4th of December 1975. He is Associate Professor of Physics at the University Rovira i Virgili).

Dr. Mateos graduated from the University Rovira i Virgili with a degree in Chemistry and later gained a PhD from the same University in 2004. After two postdoctoral years at the Max-Born Institut for Nonlinear Optics and Ultrafast Spectroscopy in Berlin, Germany, he joined the academic staff at the Faculty of Chemistry in Tarragona as a lecturer. He also holds the degree in Oenology.

From December 2011 he serves as secretary of the Superior Technical School of Architecture of the University Rovira i Virgili. From December 2012 to February 2013 he was Deputy Director of the same School.

Dr. Mateos contributed to the progress of the research areas in Applied Physics and Optics in Tarragona. More recently he has devoted his efforts to the development of pulsed lasers operating in the infrared. Specifically, he uses saturable absorbers like Cr:ZnS, Cr:ZnSe, Carbon nanotubes and Graphene to build Q-Swtiched and Mode-Locked lasers operating at 1 and 2 µm in laser crystals.

Some relevant results:

  • Number of total publications in journals with referees: 116 (102 at ISI Web of Knowledge).
  • Other publications:  125 conference abstracts and 1 patent.
  • Hirsch H index: 22
  • Total number of cites: 1597

Francisco Medina. PhD. Professor of Chemical Engineering

Dr. Francisco Medina obtains his degree in Chemistry at the University of Barcelona (1981). After his degree, he worked as a full professor of Secondary Education until 1995. In 1995, start to work as Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University Rovira I Virgili. In 1997, he took the place of titular professor in the department and in 2009 the position of full professor until today.

He received in 2001 the Jaume Vicenç Vives award for teaching quality, in 2009 the ICREA Academy Award from the Catalan Government and in 2014 the Distinguished Professor at the University Rovira I Virgili recognition.

The research line developed by Dr. Medina has been focused on the synthesis and characterization of materials and nanomaterials with controlled porosity and shape, and its application in chemical processes of interest (chemical, petrochemical, fine chemical, bio-refinery sectors), the protection of the environment and different industrial applications.

Within this field of research, Prof. Medina has directed 25 doctoral theses all with top marks and now there are 9 more in execution. He has published over 185 articles in international journals of high prestige in the field of materials and catalysis; he has participated in more than 250 national and international congresses; and has participated in 102 competitive projects with Catalan, Spanish and European financing, and 142 more projects with companies. Their participation at both, competitive and technology transfer projects, has been mostly as principal investigator. He has 9 patents.

In 2003, he participated in the creation of Technological Innovation Center AMIC, center with the TECNIO trademark from the Catalan Government, being now the director.

In 2006, he created the Spin-Off company APLICAT, S.L. which is the majority shareholder.

Both, AMIC and APLICAT, has received several awards as the Environmental Award of the Catalan Government (2006), the Solvay prize in the 6th Contest of Business Ideas granted by the Network of Technological Trampolines from the CIDEM (2006), 1st prize Innova awarded by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (2007) and the award for “Sustainable Development” to the company APLICAT, S.L. endowed by the Business Confederation of the Province of Tarragona (CEPTA) (2009).

Ciara K. O’Sullivan.  ICREA Professor

Dr. O’Sullivan was born in 1971. She received a BSc in Analytical Chemistry from Dublin City University in 1992, a PhD in Biotechnology from Cranfield University in 1996 and then went on to lead the sensors group at University College Cork from 1996-99. She then took up a Marie Curie Fellowship at the Universitat Rovira I Virgili (1999-2001) and was then awarded a Ramon y Cajal Fellowship which she pursued for 1 year prior to taking up her current position as ICREA research professor and establishing the Nanobiotechnology and Bioanalysis Group at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili.  She has co-ordinated several EU financed projects focused on the development of a biochip for detection of stroke markers (SMILE), the development of a biosensor integrated microsystem for the detection of gluten in food (CD-CHEF), the development of a genosensor array integrated system for isolation of foetal cells in maternal blood (SAFER), the isolation and detection of rare cancer cells (MASCOT) and the screening of breast and colon cancer (SmartHEALTH). Dr O´Sullivan was also the coordinator of CD-MEDICS project devoted to the diagnosis, monitoring and management of coeliac disease.

She has extensively published in the area of biosensors and she has as one of her prioritised objectives technology transfer of new technologies under development, and thus works hand in hand with industries and end-user of the technology, and always maintains an applied focus to her research. She is also the coordinator of the AGAUR consolidated group INTERFIBIO.

  • Number of total publications in journals with referees: 117
  • Hirsch H index: 27
  • Total number of cites: 2185

Francesc Pérez-Murano. PhD. Professor of Microelectronics

Professor Francesc Pérez-Murano, born 26 August 1966, is Research Professor at the Microelectronics Institute of Barcelona (IMB-CNM, CSIC). He is head of the nanofabrication and functional properties of nanostructures group.

Professor Perez-Murano graduated for the Autonomous Unviersity of Barcelona (UAB) with a degree in Physics, and later he gained the PhD in Science for the same University in 1989. He has made post-doctoral stages at the Microelectronics Center in Denmark, NIST in USA and AIST in Japan.  He has been associated professor at the Electronics Engineered department at UAB from 1995 to 2001, where he became vice-director of the Enginneering in school in 2000. In 2001, he joined IMB-CNM, CSIC, being promoted to research professor in 2007.  Professor Perez-Murano got the Award of Catalan Government to young researchers (2001) for  his pioneering work on nanofabrication.

Other achievements  or Porf. Perez-Mruano are:

  • Co-author of more than 120  articles in international refereed journal in teh areas of Nanoscience and nanotechnology
  • Member of the Steering Committee of Micro and Nano Engineering Conference and Chairman of MNE-2006
  • Supervisor of 6 PhD students (completed)
  • Coordinator of one FP6 EU Strep project (NOVOPOLY) and CNM responsible for 3 FP6 EU projects and 2 FP7 EU
  • Responsible for 6 national coordinated projects (involving a total of  10 different partners)
  • Responsible for Nanofabrication facilities at CNM-CSIC (2001-2006)
  • 3 granted patents
  • Coordinating the Nanofabrication and Functional Properties of Nanostructures research group at CNM. Responsible of one sub-research line at CNM.

Hirsch H index: 17
Total number of cites: 892

Maria Cinta Pujol-Baiges. PhD.

Dr. M. Cinta Pujol, born 6th September 1973, is a member of the Physics and crystallography of materials and nanomaterials (FiCMA-FiCNA). She graduated with a degree in Chemistry in 1996, and obtained the PhD in 2001 also in chemistry, both at the Universitat Rovira I Virgili.

M. Cinta Pujol’s research career started in 1996, with her collaboration in the research performed in the group of physical chemistry, related with electronic configuration calculation with DFT in metcars structures. Later, she became a member of the group Physics and Crystallography of Materials and nanomateriales (FiCMA-FICNA) in 1997. From that time she has been always working in the field of material physics, and more specially related with optical materials. Her profile acquired during these 17 years of research conforms to a strong basis in material physics and crystallophysics. During her post-doc stage, she was also engaged in the preparation and synthesis of new ceramic UO2 compounds, at the Institute for Transuranium Elements, ITU-JRC, in Karlsruhe-Germany, during the years 2002-2003.

From 2004 till 2009, she was leading her own project related to the synthesis of nanocrystals and their characterization in the framework of RyC program supported by the Education and Science Ministry of Spain and European Social Fund under RYC2004-1453, and also, was co-directing 3 theses of PhD students. In this same context, these results have already been published in international journals. She was active also in the DT-CRYS project, related with the KREW as laser materials; from this project, she and FiCMA maintained fruitful collaborations with research groups at MBI in Germany; KTH in Sweden and IF-PAN in Poland, which have led to scientific publications in the recent years. More recently, her research interest has been focused also in gas optical sensor materials, integrated optics and QDs hybrid materials for optical applications.

  • Number of invited lectures at International Conferences and Institutes: 5
  • Number of total publications in journals: 79
  • Other scientific contributions: 1 book chapters, 1 patent, 32 paper proceedings
  • Hirsch H index: 15
  • Total number of cites: 734

Jordi Riu. PhD. Lecturer of Chemistry

Chemometrics, Qualimetrics and Nanosensors

Jordi Riu, born 1970, is Associate Professor (Professor Titular d’Universitat) of Analytical Chemistry at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV) and member of the research group in Chemometrics, Qualimetrics and Nanosensors.

Dr. Riu graduated from the Universitat Rovira i Virgili with a degree in Chemistry and later gained a PhD in Chemistry from the same University in 1999 (URV extraordinary doctoral award academic course 1999/2000). After a postdoctoral stage at the Department of Dairy and Food Science of the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University (Copenhagen, Denmark), he joined the academic staff at the Faculty of Chemistry in the Universitat Rovira i Virgili as a Ramón y Cajal researcher (tenure track position) in 2003. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2011. From 2007 no 2013 he was the coordinator of the official Doctorate Program in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology and he is the current coordinator of the official Master Programme in ‘Nanoscience, Materials and Processes: Chemical Technology at the Frontier’.

Dr. Riu initially focussed his research in the areas of Chemometrics and Qualimetrics, but from 2003 he devoted his efforts to the development of (bio)chemical sensors based on nanostructured materials. He mainly uses carbon nanotubes (but also other nanostructured materials such as graphene) for the determination of ions, molecules and microorganisms in real samples using electroanalytical methods.

Some relevant results:

  • Number of invited lectures at International Conferences and Institutes: 5
  • Number of total publications in journals at ISI Web of Knowledge: 53
  • Other publications: 5 book chapters/proceedings, 1 patent, 62 conference abstracts
  • Hirsch h-index: 23
  • Total number of citations: 1558
  • Jordi Riu ResearcherID C-3140-2008

F. Xavier Rius. PhD. Professor of Analytical Chemistry

F. Xavier RiusProfessor F.  Xavier Rius, born 20 September 1955, is Professor of Analytical Chemistry at the Universitat  Rovira i Virgili. He is head of the research team in Chemometrics, Qualimetrics and Nanosensors.

Professor Rius graduated from the University of Barcelona with a degree in Chemistry, and later gained a PhD in Analytical Chemistry from the same University in 1982. After a postdoctoral year at the Biophysics Department of the University of Leeds, he joined the academic staff at the Faculty of Chemistry in Tarragona as a lecturer. In 1989 he spent a postdoctoral year at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. He was promoted to Full Professor in 1991.

From Dic. 1988 till Jan. 1995 served as a Dean of the Faculty of Chemistry at the URV. From Apr. 1997 till 2002 served as vice-rector of Research and from May 2002 till May 2006 as the director of the Doctoral School at the same University. Professor Rius has been awarded the Narcís Monturiol prize from the Generalitat of Catalonia.

Professor Rius contributed to the progress of the research areas in Chemometrics and Qualimetrics in Tarragona. More recently he has devoted his efforts to the development of chemical sensors based on the nanostructured materials. Specifically, he uses carbon nanotubes to build sensors to determine ions, molecules and microorganisms in real samples. The development of chemical sensors imbedded into textile fabrics (‘smart textiles’) is one of latest developments. Some relevant results:

  • Number of invited lectures at International Conferences and Institutes: 12
  • Number of total publications in journals with referees: 158 (124 at ISI Web of Knowledge),
  • Other publications: 6 book chapters/proceedings, 1 patent, 78 conference abstracts
  • Cofounder of the company NT Sensors S.L., a spin-off from the URV.

At present is academic coordinator and lecturer of the master programme in Nanoscience, Materials and Processes: Chemical Technology at the Frontier.

  • Hirsch H index: 28
  • Total number of cites: 2417

Gerard Pujadas, PhD.

In his beginning as a researcher, he was introduced to the fields of Bioinformatics and protein structure analysis and its relationship with sequence evolution. His PhD thesis was centered on the effects of the evolution on different examples of TIM-barrel folding like alpha- and beta-amylase and it was the first PhD thesis at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV) on the field of Bioinformatics. The results of the PhD thesis were published in prestigious international journals such as Protein Science; Proteins: Structure, Function & Genetics; and Molecular Biology & Evolution.

In 2001 he made a post-doctoral stay for 5 months at Prof. Richard Haser’s lab at the Institut de Biologie et Chimie des Protéines (Lyon, France). During this period, he worked on the effect of water channels at the catalytic site of the Pseudoalteromonas haloplanctis alpha-amylase.

After this post-doctoral stay, he returned to the URV where in September 2002 he won a permanent position as Titular de Universidad on the Biochemistry & Molecular Biology knowledge field. Then, he integrated at the Nutrigenomics research group where he was on charge of integrating drug-discovery tools (e.g., protein-ligand docking, 3D-QSAR, virtual screening) to study the effect of phytochemicals consumption on health.

Since then, he organized an enthusiastic research team with the aim of using these tools for looking for natural compounds that can activate or inhibit certain molecular targets, such enzymes and transcription factors, and be potential new ingredients in the food industry to develop new functional foods (a food given an additional function, often one related to health-promotion or disease prevention). Since then, his main contributions to science has been the development of: (1) several virtual screening workflows for predicting natural molecules that act as anti-inflammatories (i.e., IKK-2 inhibitors) or anti-diabetics (i.e., DPP-IV inhibitors and PPAR-gamma partial agonists); (2) tools for validating virtual screening workflows (i.e., DecoyFinder); and (3) tools for validating the coordinates of drug-target complexes (i.e., VHELIBS). These research results have been published in prestigious international journals such as PLoS One; Bioinformatics; and the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry (where he has just published an invited “Perspective” in the field of PPAR-gamma partial agonists). Moreover, during this period, he had also contracts with the cosmetic industry to find natural compounds that can be incorporated in cosmetic products. As a result of this collaboration, two products with bioactive compounds discovered by they (i.e., Aquaxtrem and Melavoid) are currently on many products at the market.

He collaborates with well-recognized international researchers like Gerhard Wolber (Freie Universität, Berlin, Germany), Klaus Liedl (Leopold Franzens University, Innsbruck, Austria), Olivier Michelin (Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, Lausanne, Switzerland) and Robbie P. Joosten (Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam, The Netherlands).

Since April 2014, he leads the research group on “Cheminformatics & Nutrition” at the URV that is formed by five PhD and 4 PhD students. At medium term, his research team aims to: (1) discover new bioactive ingredients for preventing the metabolic syndrome and incorporate them to the market of functional foods and nutraceutics; and (2) develop new tools and databases for improving virtual screening workflows performance.
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Joan Rosell-Llompart. ICREA Research Professor

Dr. Joan Rosell-Llompart, born 1964, is Research Professor of the Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies (ICREA) at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili, where he is director of the Droplets, interfaces, and floWs Laboratory (DEW Lab).

Dr. Rosell-Llompart graduated from the Autonomous University of Barcelona with a degree in Physics (1987), and obtained a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Yale University (1994). He then became a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Chemistry of Virginia Commonwealth University with John B. Fenn (Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 2002). In 1996 he was hired by a start-up medical device company, Aradigm Corporation (Silicon Valley, CA, USA), where he held responsibilities in technology development and intellectual property management. In 2004 he joined ICREA resuming academic research at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV).

In his academic work (at Yale, VCU, and URV), Dr. Rosell-Llompart has contributed to the understanding of electrohydrodynamic atomization (electrospray) and electrospinning, of aerosol-like inertial behaviour in gaseous mixtures relevant to species enrichment, and of electrospray ionization mass spectrometry. He has also pioneered the development of high resolution electrical mobility analysis for highly diffusive aerosols (particles and ions in gases). As part of his industrial R&D, he helped develop new liquid micro-jet technology for drug delivery by inhalation, and, jointly with Prof. Alfonso Gañán-Calvo of Universidad de Sevilla, co-invented the “flow blurring” liquid nebulization method.

At present, he also lectures at the Master’s Programme in Nanoscience, Materials and Processes: Chemical Technology at the Frontier, where he is in charge of the course “Planning and Management of Research and Development Projects”, which can uniquely benefit from Dr. Rosell’s mixed industrial and academic backgrounds.

Additional relevant figures:

  • Number of total peer-reviewed publications: 30 (22 in ISI journals)
  • Patents: 7 international, issued and licensed
  • Conference contributions: 69

Mara Sales-Pardo. PhD.

Dr. Marta Sales-Pardo, born 24 April 1976, is an Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering at the Universitat  Rovira i Virgili. She is the codirector of the  Science and Engineering of Emergent Systems Lab  (www.seeslab.info).

Professor Sales-Pardo graduated from the University of Barcelona with a degree in Physics, and later gained a PhD in Statistical Mechanics from the same University in 2002.

Then she performed her postdoctoral work at Northwestern University (USA) where she occupied different positions. From 2004-2006 she was a Fulbrigth Scholar at the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering and until 2008 she was a Research Associate within the same department. In 2008, she became a Research Assistant Professor with joint appointments at the Northwestern Institute for Clinical and Translational Science, the Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems, and the Dept of Chemical and Biological Engineering.  In 2009 she obtained her current position at Universitat Rovira i Virgili. In 2013, Professor Sales-Pardo received an ICREA Academia award, which is given to professors within Catalan Universities with an outstanding research record.

Professor Sales-Pardo has made very significant contribution to the field of complex networks, in particular to the development of methodologies to understand the structure of the interactions within complex systems.

Some relevant results:

  • Number of invited lectures at International Conferences and Institutes: 8
  • Number of total publications in journals with referees: 34
  • Other publications: 2 invited articles/editorial material
  • Hirsch H index: 17
  • Total number of cites: 1634
  • Articles in Nature/Science/PNAS: 4

 

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