International Workshop on Sensors and Molecular Recognition                                                  IWOSMOR 2021




Beatriz Lora Maroto obtained her MS degree from the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM) in 2000 and her PhD from UNED in 2003 in stereoselective organic synthesis with Extraordinary Prize. She carried out postdoctoral research at University of California, Santa Barbara, in the group of Prof. B. H. Lipshutz.

After that, she returned to UCM, where she continued doing research in the development of chiral synthetic tools (catalysts, reactives, synthetic intermediates, etc.), thanks to a Juan de la Cierva contract. She is currently Associate Professor at the Department of Organic Chemistry and belongs to the “Organic Dyes for Photonic Materials” group at UCM, since 2013.

Her current research interest is focused on the development of smart organic molecular dyes as key materials for photonic and biophotonic applications.





Valérie Heitz is a professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Strasbourg. She obtained her PhD degree with J.-P. Sauvage in 1992. After post-doctoral studies with Pr. A. Harriman (University of Austin) she was appointed assistant professor at the University of Strasbourg. Since 2010, she is the leader of the Laboratoire de Synthèse des Assemblages Moléculaires Multifonctionnels (LSAMM). Her main interests include supramolecular coordination chemistry, design of stimuli-response systems such as tweezers, macrocycles and cages, photosensitizers for one and two-photon photodynamic therapy and bifunctional molecules for theranostic applications.










José Berná obtained his BSc (1997) and MSc (1998) degrees at Universidad de Murcia (Spain). In 2003, he completed his PhD at the same university working on phosphorus-functionalized bicyclic cage compounds under the supervision of Prof. Mateo Alajarín and Dr. Carmen Lopez-Leonardo. Between 2004 and 2007, he worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the group of Prof. David A. Leigh at University of Edinburgh (United Kingdom). In 2007, he returned to the Department of Organic Chemistry at Universidad de Murcia as a Postdoctoral Researcher and, in 2008, he was awarded with a Ramón y Cajal contract. Currently, he is an Associate Professor of Organic Chemistry and his research interests are focused on the synthesis of novel interlocked compounds oriented towards the development of new functional molecular machines and mechanized materials.






Gustavo Fernández was born in Avila (Spain) in 1979. He received his BSc (2004) and MSc (2006) degrees in Chemistry from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. He completed his PhD in 2009 at the same university under the supervision of Professors Nazario Martin and Luis Sanchez working on donor-acceptor covalent and supramolecular systems based on C60. His PhD was recognized with various awards including the Lilly Prize for PhD students, the PhD Award of the Spanish Royal society of Chemistry, the European Young Chemist Award (Silver medal) and the Honorable Mention Award of the IUPAC Prize for young researchers. After completion of his PhD, he joined the group of Professor Frank Würthner at the University of Würzburg (Germany) as a Humboldt postdoctoral researcher where he was working on the supramolecular polymerization of dipolar merocyanine dyes. In 2010, he received the Sofja-Kovalevskaja Award of the Humboldt foundation to set up his research group at the same university. Between December 2010 and September 2015, he was leading an independent research group as assistant Professor (Habilitand) working on the self-assembly and self-sorting of metal-based p-conjugated systems and BODIPY dyes. His Habilitation work was recognized with the Keck-Köppe Award in 2014. In September 2015, he was appointed Professor of Organic and Supramolecular Chemistry at the University of Münster (Germany), where he has been working ever since. Since 2020, he serves as Dean of study and research affairs in the Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy at the University of Münster. His research focuses on understanding the structure-property relationship in (stimuli-responsive) supramolecular assemblies of metal-containing p-systems and BODIPY dyes.


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