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Tomas Torres

Director
Institute for Advanced Research in Chemical Sciences (IAdChem)
Full Professor, Department of Organic Chemistry
Universidad Autonoma de Madrid
28049-Madrid. Spain
Tel.: 34-91-4974151
Fax : 34-91-4973966
E-Mail: tomas.torres@uam.es
Mobile Phone: 34-606101393
http://www.phthalocyanines.es

Associated Senior Scientist
Institute IMDEA Nanociencia
C/ Faraday, 9, Campus de Cantoblanco,
28049-Madrid, Spain
Tel.: 34-91-4974151
E-Mail: tomas.torres@imdea.org
Mobile Phone: 34-606101393
http://www.nanoscience.imdea.org/

Born in Madrid, Prof. Tomás Torres Cebada is Director of the Institute of Advanced Research in Chemical Sciences (IAdChem), Professor of the Department of Organic Chemistry of the Autonoma University of Madrid (UAM) and Associate Senior Scientist of the IMDEA-Nanoscience Institute, in Madrid. Doctor in Chemistry (1978) by the UAM working in the Institute of General Organic Chemistry of the Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) in Madrid (Director: Prof. Francisco Fariña). He carried out postdoctoral stays in the Department of Organic Chemistry and Spectroscopy of the Max-Planck Institute for Biochemistry of Martinsried, Munich (Prof. Wolfram Schäfer, 1978-1980) as a fellow of the Max-Planck Society, and in the Institute of General Organic Chemistry of the CSIC-Department of Organic Chemistry of the UAM (1980-1981), within the first class of "Reincorporation Fellows". He worked in the Department of Chemical Research of the company Abelló, S.A./ Merck, Sharp and Dohme (1981-1985) in Madrid as Senior Researcher. In 1984 he obtained a position as Associate Professor, and joined the UAM in 1985. In 2000, he became Professor of Organic Chemistry.

He has worked mainly in synthetic organic chemistry in areas ranging from pharmaceutical chemistry to the development of new organic materials. Since 1990 he has leading a research group that develops work in different aspects of synthetic and supramolecular chemistry. His research has focused mainly on the preparation of molecular materials based on phthalocyanines and on the study of their properties for applications in organic solar cells and photodynamic therapy of cancer and atherosclerosis. He currently leading a Research Group consisting of thirty people. The nature of his research has allowed him to establish ties with the national and international industrial environment, through R & D projects with several companies (Kimberly Clark, Glaxo-Wellcome, etc.). He has also acted (1990-2018) as a counselor and expert in pharmaceutical patents with various pharmaceutical companies such as Beecham, Glaxo-Wellcome, Merck Sharp & Dohme, Bayer, Novartis, Sanofi-Aventis, Daiichi Pharm., Pfizer, etc. He has issued more than 50 reports on intellectual property for these companies. He has published more than 500 articles and reviews and 43 patents, has directed 50 doctoral theses (in addition to 12 others in progress) and has participated as a principal researcher in more than fifty projects funded by public bodies (CICYT, Comunidad de Madrid and European Union) . He occupies the 5th place among the most cited Spanish chemists (ISI) and has an H Index of 77.

He has been co-founder (2008), and is a partner of "NanoInnova Technologies", a spin-off company of the Autonoma University of Madrid, located in the Madrid Scientific Park, dedicated to the design, development and commercialization of instrumentation and nanostructured surfaces. This company has received the prizes: "VI University Entrepreneur Award", 3M & CIADE Foundation Award 2008 for the best project in Science and Technology, and Madri + d 2008 Award in its sixth edition for the Best Scientific-Technological Business Idea.

He has held various positions of responsibility in the field of teaching and research. He has been Director (2000-2010) of the Department of Organic Chemistry of the Autonoma University of Madrid (UAM). He has coordinated three European projects and has been the representative of Spain in the Management Committee of the COST 518 action of the EU (1997-2001). He has been a member of the Steering Committee of the Madrid Science Park (2002-2004), its Scientific Advisory Board (2006-2012), and its Advisory Board (2013-2016). He has been a member of the Scientific Committee of the Institute of Nanotechnology and Molecular Design of the Madrid Science Park (2003-2004) and Member of the Committee for the Creation of the Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology of Madrid designated by the MEC (2004-2005). Currently (2007-) is coordinator of the Master in Molecular Nanoscience and Nanotechnology at UAM. He is also Tutor of the International Collaboration Agreement between the Autonoma University of Madrid and the Ivanovo State University of Chemistry and Technology (ISUCT) of Russia (1998).

He has been a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines (John Wiley and Sons) (1997-2006) and is an Associated Editor of the same journal since 2006. Torres belongs to the Editorial Board of Chemical Society Reviews (RSC, United Kingdom), 2015-) and is a member of the International Advisory Board of Chemical Communications (RSC, UK, 2012-), among other journals He is a member of the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (Germany), the American Chemical Society (USA), the Electrochemical Society (USA), and the Royal Society of Chemistry of Spain.

In 1979 he was Extraordinary Prize of Doctorate of the Autonoma University of Madrid. Within the period 1978-1980 he was a fellow of the Max-Planck Society in Germany.

In 2001 he was distinguished as Visiting Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) and was Visiting Professor at Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan. In 2005 he was awarded the Janssen Cilag Prize for Organic Chemistry of the Royal Society of Chemistry of Spain. He has been distinguished as a Schulich Lectureship Guest by Technion, Israel Institute of Technology in 2008. In 2009 he was invested Doctor Honoris Causa by the Ivanovo State University of Chemistry and Technology (ISUCT), Russia.

In 2012 he was appointed Visiting Professor at the University of Texas at El Paso, USA. In 2013 he was awarded the Research Prize and the Gold Medal of the Royal Spanish Society of Chemistry. In 2014 he was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC) of the United Kingdom. In 2015 he was appointed Visiting Professor of the University Strasbourg, France.

In 2016 he was named Doctor Honoris Causa by the Miguel Hernández University of Elche and received the Linstead Career Award in Phthalocyanine Chemistry by the Society of Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines. In 2017 he was distinguished as Visiting Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) and was appointed Visiting Professor of the University of Kyoto and the University of Kuwait. Also in 2017 he was elected member of the European Academy of Sciences and received the "Miguel Catalán" Research Prize of the Community of Madrid. In 2018 he was awarded the Elhuyar-Goldschmidt Prize of the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker of Germany and has been elected Fellow of the Electrochemical Society (USA).