The CIQUP unit includes five highly specialized and complementary groups, whose names are self-explanatory regarding each group's expertise within the Unit. The Programatic Highlights for each research group are presented as follows:

RG1. Medicinal Chemistry

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The main goal of the group is the development of synthetic, analytical and theoretical tools to design small
molecules with medicinal and/or environmental importance.
In particular, specific aims are:

  1. Discovery and development of new target-based lead structures for single or combined therapy
  2. Development of green and sustainable synthetic processes
  3. Evaluation of drug-like properties of drug-candidates
  4. Evaluation of drug-drug and drug-metabolite interactions
  5. Design and synthesis of nanosystems for drug delivery and other applications
  6. Development of bio and chemoinformatic tools for computer-assisted design
  7. Development of new analytical methodologies for implementation of in-house screening assays

RG2: Molecular & Supramolecular Thermodynamics

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  1. Relationships between energetics and molecular structure of homocyclic and heterocyclic compounds and evaluation of their thermodynamic stability/reactivity in gaseous and crystalline phases and in aqueous solution
  2. Estimation of the thermodynamic properties of organic compounds as they relate to their environment mobility
  3. Thermodynamics of bioactive compounds and their interactions with DNA
  4. Evaluation of photoluminescence efficiency of organic semiconductors in the solid state and in solutions 
  5. Determination of the energy of intermolecular hydrogen bonds

RG3. Nanostructures & Self-organization

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The research carried out in this group is structured under three main topics: Ionic Fluids and Thin Films, Lipid
model Membrane Systems and Surfactants and Soft Materials.

  1. Stimuli-responsive nanostructures for molecular delivery
  2. Multifunctional carbon/amphiphile hybrid nanomaterials
  3. Biophysics of lipid membranes
  4. Thin films for semiconductor materials
  5. Nanostructuration of multicomponent ionic fluids
  6. Study of the oxidative stability and thermal stability of biofuels
  7. Development of advanced analytical and physico-chemical methodologies

RG4. Physical Analytical Chemistry & Electrochemistry

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The competences and scientific interests within the group may be organized under three main topics: interfaces, sensors and luminescence.
The specific projects and aims of the group are:

  1. Liquid/liquid interfaces and Ils in nanoconfined systems
  2. Self-excited chemiluminescence and photodynamic therapy
  3. Electrodeposition of metal and alloys and preparation of metal nanowires from ionic liquids
  4. Preparation and use of molecular recognition process via molecular imprinting
  5. Fabrication of photo- and electrochromic systems for chemical sensing
  6. Computer simulations: ILs, DES, MIPs, chemiluminescence and reactivity
  7. Nanocomposites from marine material wastes

RG5. Education, Science Communication and Society

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The group will focus on theories and practices through which the ecologies of science education and science communication are structured.
In particular, the main topics of research will be:

  1. Pre- and post-graduate teacher education and the dissemination of effective pedagogical practices for science teaching and learning from the basic to higher level
  2. Digital teaching-learning ecologies
  3. Models and processes of dissemination, diffusion, appropriation and remediation of scientific knowledge and citizen participation in science.