José Alemán finished his Ph.D. thesis focused on the application of sulfur chemistry in asymmetric synthesis with the highest qualification (“Summa Cum Laude”) in 2005. Furthermore, he was awarded the Lilly Research Award in 2005 as the best chemistry Ph.D. student in Spain and for carrying out the best Ph.D. thesis at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid in 2005/2006. In 2003, he spent six months in the laboratory of Prof. Albert Padwa at Emory University, Atlanta, USA. Then, he obtained a two-year postdoctoral grant from the Spanish Ministry of Science and carried out this post-doctoral stay in Denmark (2006-2008) in the group of Prof. Karl Anker Jørgensen, working in the area of organocatalysis. In summer 2008, he decided to begin a bioinorganic research project of new Pt(II) and Pt(IV) anticancer-complexes in the group of Prof. Carmen Navarro Ranninger at the Inorganic Chemistry Department of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain, July-December 2008). In 2009, he moved to the Organic Chemistry Department at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid with a “Juan de la Cierva” contract (selected number one in chemistry for 2009) and then as Ramón y Cajal researcher (selected number one in chemistry). José Alemán has been working on some topics of sulfur chemistry, organocatalysis, mainly related to the development of new reactions under organo- and photo-catalytic processes. He has published 122 articles, and has been invited to give several external talks. In 2015, he received a Consolidator Grant awarded by the European Research Council. He has been awarded with the Sigma-Aldrich-RSQE 2013-Prize for youth researchers, and in 2015, the Lilly prize for youth researchers.
Araceli G. Campaña received her PhD in 2008 from the University of Granada under the supervision of Prof. Juan M. Cuerva and J. E. Oltra, working on the development of new synthetic methods based on radical and organometallic chemistry . After a short postdoctoral stage in the group of Prof. D. J. Cárdenas at the UAM (Madrid), in 2010 she joined the group of Prof. David A. Leigh (University of Edinburgh) as postdoctoral researcher to work in the field of molecular machines. Since 2015, she is a ‘Ramón y Cajal’ Researcher at the University of Granada where she has initiated her independent career. In 2015 she received the ERC-Starting Grant. Her current research interests focus on the synthesis and study of curved distorted aromatics searching for interesting (chir)optical and electronic properties.
Rosario M. Sánchez Martín has developed her research career between the UK and Spain. For the past 15 years she has been working in the area of nanotechnology in biomedicine. She has developed a variety of nanotechnologies to allow the efficient delivery of a wide range of cargos into cells for a number of in vitro and in vivo applications. Nowadays, Dr. Rosario M. Sánchez-Martín leads the research team NanoChemBio of the University of Granada in Spain. She is a world leader in the field of nanoparticles and their biological applications and Lecturer in the School of Pharmacy at the University of Granada. She finished her PhD at the University of Granada in 2002. She spent 9 years in the UK, firstly as postdoctoral fellow at the University of Southampton and later, in 2006, as independent researcher at the University of Edinburgh when she was awarded a prestigious Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship from the Royal Society. In January 2011, she was awarded a Marie Curie CIG reintegration fellowship and she moved to the University of Granada. Since then, she has worked on transferring all her expertise and know-how in designing and developing nanotechnology-based platforms to the University of Granada. In 2013, Dr. Sánchez- Martín has been granted with her own research lab in the Centre for Genomics and Oncological Research (GENYO) integrated by Pfizer – Universidad de Granada – Junta de Andalucía. Nowadays, her research activity is focused on the development of nanotechnology based platform for diagnosis and therapy (sl.ugr.es/UGRNanoChemBio).
Almudena Rivadeneyra completed her master’s degrees in telecommunication engineering (2009), environmental sciences (2009) and electronics engineering (2012), at the University of Granada (Spain). In 2014, she received her PhD in design and development of environmental sensors at the same Institution. Since 2015, she belongs to the Institute for Nanoelectronics (Technical University of Munich) where her work is centered in printed and flexible electronics with special focus on sensors and radiofrequency identification (RFID) technology.