M.Victoria Martínez-Díaz, PhD
Associate Professor at the Organic Chemistry Department
Faculty of Science, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid, Spain
Tel: +34 91 497 2436; Fax: +34 91 497 3966
Associate Scientist at the Institute for Advanced Research in Chemical Sciences (IAdChem)
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, 28049 Madrid, Spain
Research ID: K-2259-2014
M. Victoria Martínez-Díaz graduated in Chemistry at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM) in 1988. She started her research training in the group of Prof. Javier de Mendoza at the UAM, under the supervision of Tomás Torres, in the field of selective recognition of ammonium ions mediated by heterocyclic receptors. She got her Master Thesis in 1989 and subsequently pursued predoctoral studies on enantiomeric recognition of chiral ammonium cations mediated by receptors containing the 1,2,4-triazol subunit, supervised by Torres. She got her PhD Degree in Chemistry in February 1994 (receiving the UAM PhD award in1995). Afterwards, she moved for a year to the Centre d’Etudes de Saclay, (France), to the research group of Dra. A. Ruaudel-Teixier, where she worked on the preparation of supramolecular architectures based on the Langmuir-Blogett (LB) technique. Using this technique, functional amphiphilic molecules could be well-organized on a water surface, and subsequently transferred onto a solid substrate to study their physical properties. This stay was funded by the European Community, Human Capital and Mobility Program. Her postdoctoral education continued in United Kingdom during the next 21st months, in the School of Chemistry of the University of Birmingham, in the group of Prof. Sir Fraser J Stoddart (Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2016) thanks to a postdoctoral grant from the Spanish Ministry of Science and Education. Her work focused on the preparation of interlocked molecular systems, namely acid-base sensitive switchable rotaxanes and catenanes. Remarkable results were obtained during this postdoctoral period, such as the self-assembly of a switchable Rotaxane based on two recognition motifs, wherein the movement of a ring was fully controlled from one position to the other in the thread by addition of base/acid to the system.
In January 1997 she come back to the Organic Chemistry Department at UAM, to the group of Prof. Torres since she obtained a grant from the Spanish Government for the reincorporation of Doctors being abroad. In October 2000 she was appointed as Assistant Professor in the Department. Finally, she obtained her current Associate Professor position in September 2002. She has been working in the field of organic molecular materials with non-conventional physical properties, namely non-linear optical and photovoltaics. In particular, her research has focused on the design and synthesis of multicomponent molecules based on phthalocyanines and analogues, suitable for these desired properties, the study of their supramolecular organization and the structure-properties relationships.
She has co-supervised 5 PhD students (Andrés de la Escosura, September 2005, Ismael López-Duarte, April 2010, Mine Ince, July 2012, Germán Zango, December 2016 and Lara Tejerina, July 2017). She has co-authored over 80 papers. She has given 15 invited lectures in national or international events (International Conference on Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines, ECS Meetings, Bienal BSEQ, Escuela de Materiales Moleculares). He has participated as researcher in more than 25 projects funded by public institutions (CICYT, Comun. de Madrid and the EU).
Her current research is focused on the preparation of new phthalocyanine and subphthalocyanine-based systems with potential application in organic photovoltaics.
List of publications
(see list of publication of the group)