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Born in Madrid (21/09/1951), Tomás Torres is Full Professor at the Department of the of Organic Chemistry of the Autonoma University of Madrid (UAM) and since January 2011 Associated Senior Scientist at IMDEA-Nanoscience Institute in Madrid. He received his Ph.D. in Chemistry (1978) by UAM working at the Institute of Organic Chemistry of the CSIC in Madrid (Advisor: Prof. Francisco Fariña). He carried out postdoctoral stays in the Max-Planck Institute for Biochemistry in Martinsried, Munich (Advisor: Prof. Wolfram Schäfer, 1978-1980) as a Fellow of the Max-Planck Society; at the Institute of Organic Chemistry, CSIC, Madrid, and the Department of Organic Chemistry at UAM (1980-1981). Afterwards, he worked in the Chemical Research Department of the company Abelló, SA/ Merck, Sharp and Dohme (1981-1985) in Madrid as a senior researcher. In 1985 he obtained a position as Associate Professor at UAM. In 2000 he became Full Professor.

He has worked primarily in synthetic organic chemistry in areas ranging from pharmaceutical chemistry to the development of new organic materials. Since 1990 he is researching on different aspects of synthetic and supramolecular chemistry, particularly in the preparation of molecular materials based on phthalocyanines and the study of their optical properties for applications in optoelectronics and organic solar cells, and more recently in areas of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. He leads currently a research group consisting of thirty people. He has published over 400 articles and reviews and 40 patents, has supervised 31 dissertations (plus 12 in progress). He has given more than 200 lectures at congresses and national and foreign centers, and has participated as principal researcher in more than 50 projects funded by public institutions (CICYT, Comunidad de Madrid and the EU). He ranks 9th among the most cited Spanish chemists (ISI) and has an H index of 60.

Moreover, the applied nature of their research has allowed to establish links with industry regionally, nationally and internationally, through R & D projects with various companies (Kimberly Clark, Glaxo-Wellcome plc, VIVASTAR AG, Antibióticos SA, among others). He co-founded (2008) “NanoInnova Technologies”, a spin-off company located in the Science Park of Madrid, dedicated to the design, development and commercialization of instrumentation and nanostructured surfaces. This company has received awards like “VI University Entrepreneur Award”, 3M & CIADE Foundation Award 2008 for the best project in Science and Technology, and Madri+d Award 2008 for best scientific based business idea technology. Has been a member of the Steering Committee of the Scientific Park of Madrid (2002-2004), of its Scientific Advisory Board (2006-2012), and belongs currently to its Advisory Board (2013 – ). He has been member of the Scientific Committee of the Institute of Nanotechnology and Molecular Design Science Park of Madrid (2003-2004) and member of the Committee for the Establishment of the Institute for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology of Madrid appointed by the MEC (2004-2005).

In 1979 he was PhD Prize of the UAM. In 2001 he was Visiting Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) and Visiting Professor at Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan. In 2005 he was awarded the Prize Janssen Cilag of Organic Chemistry by Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry. He has been honored as a Guest Lectureship Schulich by Technion, Israel Institute of Technology in 2008. In 2009 he was elected Doctor Honoris Causa by the Ivanovo State University of Chemistry and Technology (ISUCT), Russia. In 2012 he was appointed as Visiting Professor at the University of Texas at El Paso, USA. In 2013 he has been awarded the Research Prize and the Gold Medal of the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry.