A passion for organic chemistry
Ignacio Fernandez is Professor of Organic Chemistry and director of the scientific instrumentation facilities at the University of Almería.
In 2003, he obtained his PhD in Organic Chemistry at the University of Almería, under the supervision of Prof. Fernando Lopez Ortiz, receiving the ‘best PhD’ award (Premio Extraordinario). During this time he was involved in several exchange programs as an undergrad student, which took him to Bath (UK) and Wurzburg (Germany).
In 2003 just three days after his PhD defense, he moved to Zurich (ETHZ) as a postdoctoral fellow in the group of Prof. Paul. S. Pregosin. He stayed in Zurich for three years until he was awarded a Ramón y Cajal position to return to Almería. After a few months, he decided to move to Cornell University (NY, USA) as a visiting professor in the group of Paul J. Chirik, where he stayed for almost a year until he was called in 2008 to teach at University of Almería. Between 2008 and 2010, he has been visiting professor at the Inorganic Department at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT, Germany) on several different occasions.
He has published more than 65 papers in international journals, is the author of an international patent related to anti-tumoural compounds, as well as of the software DiffAtOnce®, commercialized under www.diffatonce.com.
Since 2013, he is the head of the research group “FQM-376: Advanced NMR Methods and Metal-Based Catalysts”, leading three talented PhD students and one IOF Marie Curie postdoc.
His current research interests are focused on the applications of multinuclear NMR studies to problems in organic and organometallic chemistry, development of new transition metals and lanthanides architectures in the way of understanding the synthesis, structure, bonding and reactivity in the quest of new methodologies and catalytic processes.