Margarita Parra obtained his B.S. degree from the University of Valencia, Spain and his Ph.D. degree from the same university under the supervision of Professor E. Seoane and D. Tortajada in 1986. He had a postdoctoral fellowship at Imperial College (London) with Professor Steve V. Ley in 1988-1989. From 2002 till 2006, he was a Vice Dean of the Faculty of Chemistry. In 2010, he was a Professor of organic chemistry at University of Valencia. The main emphasis of his work is on the discovery and development of new synthetic methods and their application to synthesis of biologically molecules. Specially, the new methodology developed in the group is the reactivity of enediolates of carboxylic acids. In this carbanionic chemistry, we are interested too in the structure of this dianions and its influence on the reactivity control. In the last years, he has worked on the use of chiral bases in the dianion generation and as chiral auxiliary in alkylation reactions. On the other hand, Dr. Parra is interested in design, synthesis, and testing of sensors of cations, anions, and neutral small molecules in solution and incorporated in different nanoparticules.
Biography Updated on 16 January 2011