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Vicente Martí Centelles

Vicente Martí Centelles




Affiliation: Universidad Politécnica de Valencia

Fields or areas of research Molecular boxes , Supramolecular chemistry

Vicente studied chemistry at the University Jaume I, obtaining his PhD in the area of supramolecular chemistry in 2012. His PhD, funded through a FPU fellowship from the Spanish Ministry of Science and Education, focused on the design and synthesis of macrocyclic compounds for molecular recognition. During his PhD he carried out two short research stays at Univ. Zaragoza and Imperial College London. His PhD resulted in more than 10 publications He also contributed with teaching and research in chemical education (J. Chem. Ed. 2014)

After completing his PhD, he obtained a VALi+d postdoctoral fellowship (Generalitat Valenciana) to undertake postdoctoral work with Prof S. Luis/P. Beer at Univ. Jaume I/Univ. Oxford, respectively. His postdoctoral research focused on molecular recognition, this work allowed him interdisciplinary research, combining macrocyclic chemistry, interlocked hosts designed for molecular recognition and sensing of anions of biological and environmental importance and sensing of bacteria at the biotechnology company Biotica. This research led to several high impact papers including J. Org. Chem. 2016 as corresponding author, Hot Paper Chem. Eur. J. 2015 with back cover and Chem. Rev. 2015 with >200 citations. The ensemble of these achievements allowed Dr. Martí to obtain the accreditation for assistant professor (2013) and the accreditation for associate professor (2015) from ANECA, which are prerequisite qualifications for academic positions in Spain.

In 2015 Vicente moved to Univ. of Edinburgh as postdoctoral research in the Lusby group. He worked on the design and synthesis of molecular machines and self-assembled catalysts. Vicente discovered the catalytic properties of the Pd2L4 capsules, this was the first example of an artificial "Diels–Alderase" capsule that could overcome the product inhibition allowing. This work lead publication in JACS 2018, being Dr. Martí the main contributor and the paper has received 67 citations in ~3 years. In addition, the work also leaded to several publications: JACS 2020, JACS 2019, Chem. Sci. 2017, Chem. Eur. J. 2018, and others are under preparation. In 2018 Vicente moved to the Univ. Bordeaux/CNRS in the Dr. N. McClenaghan group with a prestigious Marie Curie IF fellowship. His project Mechanically-Interlocked Ring-on-Thread Molecules for Super-Resolution Imaging "Ring-STORM" which aims to develop a novel methodology for super-resolution imaging in living cells.

In 2020, was awarded a prestigious CIDEGENT Distinguished Researcher position to develop as principal investigator at Universidad Politécnica de Valencia in the Instituto Interuniversitario de Investigación de Reconocimiento Molecular y Desarrollo Tecnológico, Ramón Martínez-Mañez research group. Current research interests involve supramolecular systems with tailored properties, in particular molecular cages, for biological applications focusing in cancer therapy.

Dr. Martí has published 29 papers, 12 first / 4 corresponding; 1 book chapter; one patent and two general scientific magazine publications. The total number of citations is 631 and the H-index 12. In 2020 he received 130 citations and the average number of citations per year is 107 for the last 5 years.