Postdoctoral researcher – Organic “Materialist” and “Superficial” Chemist
E-mail: AntonioM.Rodriguez(at)uclm.es Telephone: +34 926295300
Antonio M Rodríguez was born in Ciudad Real in 1986. In 2009, he graduated Valedictorian of the year in Chemistry (B.Sc. eq. in Chemistry) at University of Castilla La Mancha (UCLM). He held the FPU fellowship from the MEC, developing his skills at PhD level in microwave-assisted chemistry systems in order to monitor different chemical reactions by nanoliter NMR-spectroscopy. He also initiated his work on the field of Computational Chemistry. During his PhD, Antonio stayed at the Universidad de Zaragoza in the group of Catálisis Heterogénea en síntesis orgánicas selectivas under the supervision of Dr. Jose Ignacio García Laureiro undergoing a thoughtful and deep analysis of computational methods for asymmetric syntheses. He also developed his skills in the field of Synthetic Organic Chemistry, in the University of Durham under the supervision of Prof. Ian R. Baxendale. In October 2014, he successfully defended his PhD viva titled “Microchips in Organic Chemistry: NMR Microcoils for Reaction Monitorization and Computational Chemistry for Microwave-Assisted reactions” under the supervision of Dra. María Victoria Gómez Almagro and Dra. Pilar Prieto Núñez-Polo.
From 2015 to 2017, he was a post-doc fellow at Università di Napoli Federico II under the supervision of Prof. Michele Pavone & Prof. Ana B. Muñoz García. His research was focused on the interplay between experimental and theoretical chemistry. Among his interests are the studies of hybrids organic/inorganic systems towards challenging conversion and/or storage of energy, and the behavior of nanomaterials through non-covalent interactions.
In 2017, he joined the MSOC Nanochemistry group as a postdoctoral fellow to add his newfound knowledge and skills on the benefit of the whole research group. From 2019 to 2021, he was the Chair of the EYCN (European Young Chemists’ Network, the young division within the European Chemical Society, EuChemS). Thanks to his role in EYCN , he is gaining excellent communication, teamwork, social and coordination skills. Recently, he was been awarded the II Premio Divulgación de la Química ST Castilla La Mancha RSEQ 2020 in recognition of the outreach activities he has developed at IRICA institute for the last couple of years. From September 2022, he has started at the Faculty of Pharmacy at UCLM (Albacete) as junior associate professor.
Antonio is really fond in all types of chemistry, but his world revolves around Nanochemistry and Organic Chemistry. When not doing chemistry (which, not surprisingly, isn’t that often) he enjoys sports, such as running and cycling, surfing the web for the latest memes and GIFs, hanging out with his friends and especially talking every single person he knows into buying a Mac.