Professor Tomás Torres, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM), Spain was presented the Premio a la Investigación y Medalla de la RSEQ (Research Award of the Royal Spanish Chemistry Society; RSEQ) at the opening ceremony of the Biennial Meeting of the RSEQ in Santander, on September 15, 2013. This is the highest honor of the RSEQ and includes a prize of €10,000.
Tomás Torres studied at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, where he obtained his Ph.D in organic chemistry in 1978 under the supervision of Professor Fariña. He went on to do postdoctoral research with Professor Schäfer at the Max-Planck Institute for Biochemistry, Martinsried, Germany, followed by a postdoctoral stay at the Institute of General Organic Chemistry (IQOG) of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Madrid, from 1980 until 1981. In 1981 he became a senior researcher at Abello/Merck, Sharp and Dohme, where he became professor at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Since then he has stayed at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Currently he is Full Professor of Chemistry there and Associate Senior Researcher at IMDEA-Nanoscience, Madrid, Spain.
He is a member of the Advisory Council for Madrid Science Park and the International Advisory Boards of the journals ChemPlusChem and Chemical Communications.
Torres is interested in various aspects of synthetic and supramolecular chemistry including the preparation of organic functional materials and the study of their photophysical properties. His current focus is in exploring the application of phthalocyanines, porphyrins, and carbon nanostructures, including fullerenes, carbon nanotubes, and graphene, in organic and hybrid solar cells.
- Synthesis, characterization and photophysical properties of a melamine-mediated hydrogen-bound phthalocyanine–perylenediimide assembly,
Ángel J. Jiménez, Rafael Krick Calderón, M. Salomé Rodríguez-Morgade, Dirk M. Guldi, Tomás Torres,
Chem. Sci. 2013, 4, 1064–1074.
- Influence of Peripheral Substitution on the Magnetic Behavior of Single-Ion Magnets Based on Homo- and Heteroleptic TbIII Bis(phthalocyaninate),
B. Ballesteros, C. R. Ganivet, G. de la Torre, J. M. Clemente-Juan, E. Coronado, T. Torres,
Chem. Eur. J. 2013, 19, 1457–1465.
- Tuning the degree of immobilized phthalocyanine-based PPV oligomers towards stabilized graphene surfaces,
L. Brinkhaus, G. Katsukis, J. Malig, M. Garcia-Iglesias, P. Vázquez, T. Torres, D.M. Guldi,
Small 2013, 9, 2348–2357.
- Linking Photo- and Redoxactive Phthalocyanines Covalently to Graphene,
Maria-Eleni Ragoussi, Jenny Malig, Georgios Katsukis, Benjamin Butz, Erdmann Spiecker, Gema de la Torre, Tomás Torres, Dirk M. Guldi,
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2012, 51, 6421–6425.
- Carboxyethynyl Anchoring Ligands: A Means to Improve the Efficiency of Phthalocyanine-Sensitized Solar Cells,
Maria-Eleni Ragoussi, Juan-José Cid, Jun-Ho Yum, Gema de la Torre, Davide Di Censo, Michael Grätzel, Mohammad K. Nazeeruddin, Tomás Torres,
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2012, 51, 4375–4378.