Maria del Carmen Carrión Nuñez de Arenas


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Research Support Staff – Material Organic Chemistry

E-mail: MariaCarmen.Carrion(at)     Telephone: +34 926295300    Ext. 3475

M. Carmen Carrión Núñez de Arenas graduated in Chemistry at the University of Castilla-La Mancha in 1999. In 1998, before graduating, she participated in company training in Repsol, S. A. (Puertollano), in the department of Quality and Prevention in the Laboratory Services.

In 2000, she held an Erasmus Grant to work 3 months in Vienna (Austria) in the research group of Prof. Walter Weissensteiner, in the synthesis of aminoferrocenil derivatives.

When returning, she started her PhD studies participating in different research projects in the Coordination Chemistry Group in the UCLM. She worked in the synthesis, structural and dynamic characterization of bispyrazolyl derivatives, obtaining the Advanced Studies Certificate (Diploma de Estudios Avanzados, DEA) in 2002, and later she started to study the hydrogenation, both homogeneous and heterogeneous, of ketones, nitriles and other aromatic compounds. This research was held in the UCLM and the University of Málaga (UMA), where she worked under the supervision of Prof. Pedro Maireles. In July 2004 she succesfully defended her PhD viva titled “New bimetallic tiotolerant catalysts for hydrogenation of aromatic and nitrile compounds”, under the supervision of Prof. Félix Jalón and Dr. Blanca Manzano.

From 2005 to 2007 she held a postdoctoral fellowship from the MEC for working in the University of St. Andrews (Scotland, UK), in the research group of Prof. David Cole-Hamilton, studying the functionalization of phenol and other aromatic derivatives by bifunctional catalysis using phosphinite ligands.

In 2007 she came back to the UCLM with a postdoctoral Juan de la Cierva fellowship, and from 2010 to 2017 she held an INCRECYT contract associated to the IRICA institute. During this period, her research work was focussed on several subjects: (i) synthesis of new polydentate ligands for MOFs and their applications, (ii) photocatalytic production of hydrogen from water by using Ru and Ir photosensitizers, (iii) hydrogenation of ketones and imines in water, generation of hydrides and deuteration processes, and (iv) synthesis of transition metal complexes with cytotoxic activity and their interaction with G-quadruplex of DNA.

In January 2019 she started working in the Instrumentation Service of the IRICA with a MICCIN PTA contract as a Laboratory Technician and in March 2020 she joined the MSOC Nanochemistry group as a Specialist Technician, where she is in charge of several characterization techniques of the synthesized materials. 

ORCID: 0000-0002-7481-2226