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After obtaining a BSc in Chemistry from the University of Jaén (2002), I earned a Masters Degree in Heterogeneous Catalysis from the University of Córdoba (2004).  

During my Masters Degree, I spent some months at the Royal Institution in London, where I learnt about various molecular simulations techniques. I then moved to Cambridge where I gained a PhD in Physical Chemistry (2008) under the supervision of Dr Graeme Day and Prof. Bill Jones. Following my PhD, I worked as a researcher in several pharmaceutical companies (Pfizer and Roche), the University of Amsterdam and the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre.

Since 2016, I am a Lecturer at the School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Sciences, the University of Manchester. 

My group

I am part of a larger group called "Crystal Chemistry and Particle Process Engineering" (CCAPPE).

In our group, we study various aspects of crystal chemistry from nucleation to the design of processess for the production of large quantity of crystals. My expertise lies in the understanding of how molecules make crystals, the phenomenon of polymorphism and solvate formation, cocrystallisation and the understanding of nucleation and crystal growth at the molecular level. We use a great variety of experimental as well as computational techniques in order to understand the various processess involved in crystallisation.



Module Leader

CHEN10022 - Engineering Chemistry 

CHEN64421 - Research Techniques and Methods (Skills)


Supervisor / Assessor

CHEN40050 / 30100 / 40060   - Industrial Experience

CHEN40100 / 40122 / 40132   - MEng Proposal and Dissertation

CHEN64432 / 61000               - MSc Proposal and Dissertation  

Prizes and awards

(2009)   PANAlytical Thesis Prize in Physical Crystallography Best Ph.D. thesis in physical crystallography in the UK.

(2008)   Scientific Performance Award at Pfizer, Pfizer, Sandwich (UK). Successful design of a cocrystal for a poorly soluble drug with complex solid form behaviour. 

(2006)   UK Scientific Ambassador at the 56th Lindau Meeting of Nobel Laurates and Students Nominated by the Royal Society of Chemistry and the University of Cambridge.

(2002)   National Award of Excellence in Chemistry (Madrid, Spain). Premio Nacional de Licenciatura.

(2002)   University of Jaén Award of Excellence in Chemistry (Jaén, Spain)

My collaborations

Prof. Roger Davey

Dr. Thomas Vetter

Dr. Joanna Stevens

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Physical Chemistry, University of Cambridge

1 Sep 200421 Jul 2008

Award Date: 21 Jul 2008

Master of Chemistry, Heterogeneous Catalysis, Universidad de Cordoba

1 Sep 200220 Jul 2004

Award Date: 20 Jul 2004

PGCE in Education, Universidad de Cordoba

1 Sep 200220 Jul 2003

Award Date: 18 Jul 2003

Bachelor of Science, Chemistry, University of Jaen

1 Sep 199822 Jul 2002

Award Date: 22 Jul 2002

Areas of expertise

  • TP Chemical technology
  • Process Chemistry
  • Crystallisation
  • Nucleation
  • Crystal Growth
  • QD Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Crystallography
  • Crystal Structure Prediction
  • Molecular Simulations


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