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Prof. Tomás Torres Cebada

Position: Associate Research Professor
PhD: Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain
Double Affiliation: Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain
Research: Organic Functional Materials
Joining Date: January, 2011
User Name: tomas.torres
Telephone: +34 91 497 41 51
Torres Cebada

Tomás Torres is Full Professor of Organic Chemistry at UAM, and since January 2011 Associate Senior Scientist at IMDEA-Nanoscience. Ph.D. in Chemistry (1978) from UAM, he carried out postdoctoral stays at the Max-Planck Institute for Biochemistry in Munich (1978-1980) and at the Institute of Organic Chemistry, CSIC, Madrid, (1980-1981). Then, he worked at Abelló, SA/ Merck, Sharp and Dohme (1981-1985) in Madrid. In 1985 he obtained a position as Associate Professor at UAM. In 2000 he became Full Professor.

He leads a research group of 30 people, and has published over 470 articles and reviews and 41 patents (27 licensed), and has supervised 40 dissertations. He has an H index of 71. Awards: JANSSEN CILAG prize for Organic Chemistry (2005), Research Prize and the Gold Medal of the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry (2013) and the Linstead Career Award in Phthalocyanine Chemistry by the Society of Porphy- rins and Phthalocyanines (2016). Distinctions: Doctor Honoris Causa by the Ivanovo State University of Chemistry and Technology (ISUCT) Russia, 2009, Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC) (UK) in 2014, and Doctor Honoris Causa by the Universidad Miguel Hernández of Elche in 2016.

Research Lines

  • The group has been working in synthetic organic chemistry in areas ranging from pharmaceutical chemistry to the development of new organic materials and the study of their optical properties for applications in optoelectronics and organic solar cells, and more recently he has focused on areas of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology.

  • Thegrouphasbeenfundedwith10EUprojectsand12morebyotherinternationalandnationalagen- cies in the field of stable and low-cost organic solar cell technologies. In this connection, the group has made extraordinary advances in the preparation of photosensitizers for robust dye sensitized solar cells, like the phthalocyanine named TT1, which has become an obliged reference in the field, and the development of subphthalocyanine n-type materials as alternative to C60 derivatives as acceptors in organic solar cells. The group is opening his research interest also to the Nanomedicine area. Thus, the EU has funded a major project entitled (CosmoPHOS), in which the group is playing a crucial role in the preparation of photosensitizers linked to nanoparticles. 

Relevant publications

  • tomas torres 1Chem Rev. 2014, 114, 2192. Adv. Energy Mater. 2014, 4, 1301413. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2015, 137, 12914. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2015, 54, 2543. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2015, 54, 7688. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2015, 137, 8991. Nano Lett. 2015, 15, 1245. ACS Nano 2016, 10, 1565. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2016, 55, doi: 10.1002/anie.201601258.