Expertise: photochemistry, photobiology, photodynamic therapy, microbiology. PROJECT COORDINATOR

IQS is one of the founding members of the non-profit private Ramon Llull University (URL), which has more than 17,000 students and 1,110 professors, offers 89 EHEA programmes and sponsors 59 research groups. One of the most innovative Spanish universities, it promotes student-teacher interaction and fosters a mastery of the new technologies.

The multidisciplinary Photochemistry Laboratory has a long-standing interest in the molecular aspects of preclinical photodynamic therapy research and has made a significant contribution to time-resolved luminescence. Researchers have full access to cutting-edge chemistry and bioengineering technology in a laboratory that is equipped with pulsed nano- and picosecond lasers for time-resolved spectroscopic techniques, along with state-of-the-art spectroscopic instruments and photoreactors. The Institute is also fully equipped with general organic chemistry, cellular and microbiology facilities.

Santi Nonell 

Santi Nonell, professor of Physical Chemistry and President of the European Society for Photobiology, earned a doctorate in photochemistry at the Max-Planck-Institut für Strahlenchemie in Germany and spent time at Arizona State University and University of California Los Angeles before joining IQS-URL. He has co-authored over 180 peer-reviewed publications on photochemistry, photobiology and biomedical applications of singlet oxygen (see http://orcid.org/0000-0001- 8900-5291). He chairs the Laboratory of Biological Photochemistry at IQS and has supervised numerous PhD, Master’s and undergraduate theses, lectured at many international universities and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. He received the Otto Han Award from the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft.

Montserrat Agut 

Microbiologist Prof. Montserrat Agut focuses her research on the microbiological aspects of antimicrobial photodynamic therapy. She is a Numerary Member of The Academy of Veterinary Sciences of Catalonia and Corresponding Member of The Royal Academy of Medicine of Catalonia. She studied veterinary sciences and earned her PhD in 1992 after following a science programme at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, where she was assistant professor at the Veterinarian Faculty. She has supervised a number of theses and worked at IQS since 1998, devoting her effort to the development of strategies for photoinactivating drug-resistant pathogens. More details about her publications can be found at http://orcid.org/0000-0001-9173-9684.